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Manchester United Loan Watch: Week 2

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Fosu-Mensah is getting minutes, but not wins. Johnstone and Henderson continue to impress.

Burton Albion v Aston Villa - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Crystal Palace

Last week we commented on how things may change for Fosu-Mensah under new management at Crystal Palace. One thing that has not changed at Palace is the football. They suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, and Fosu-Mensah was unfortunately on the receiving end. Bright news though, Fosu-Mensah started, keeping the likes of veterans Ward and Tomkins out of the line-up. Things can only go up from here for Tim… surely?

Andreas Pereira – Valencia CF

After our last report, Pereira started for Valencia against Levante. Playing just over an hour he was subbed. Even after moments of creativity, he didn’t produce too much in the final third, the game finished 1-1. Most recently, he faced former teammate Adnan Januzaj and Real Sociedad in a thrilling 3-2 win for Valencia. Pereira stared on the bench coming on after 75 minutes. Again, he provided energy and some nice touches, but no end product. He will hope for some more minutes against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Sam Johnstone – Aston Villa

The young English keeper plays on Wednesday against Burton Albion, looking to build on last weekend’s win at home against Nottingham Forest. He made a sensational save against Barrie McKay’s free-kick and Villa are now unbeaten in six league games and are slowly climbing the table. Johnstone’s good form has attracted some potential buyers next summer, with a future at United supposedly in doubt. Clubs include Crystal Palace, Huddersfield United and Leicester City.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – Leeds United

Borthwick-Jackson enjoyed his first start since the opening day of the Championship last week, when he made the line-up in the league cup win against Burnley. He was caught out of position a few times in a less than impressive performance and was replaced by Sakho on the hour mark. It’s obvious that CBJ needs regular football as a young defender, which is not happening right now at Leeds. January may lead to a recall and a new placement for the defender.

Dean Henderson – Shrewsbury Town

One of the stand-out loan moves so far this season. The young shot-stopper has helped Shrewsbury Town to the top of the English League One. Undefeated this season, Henderson has cemented a nice starting role and played very well, performing far beyond his years. The 20-year-old is becoming a fan favorite, and will hope to continue gaining good experience at a good, challenging level.

Regan Poole – Northampton Town

Poole has enjoyed a recent run of form in the Northampton Town side. He has played in the last 3 games, performing strongly and helping keep three clean sheets on the run. He was in the wars on Tuesday as he faced a clash of heads and had to bandaged up. He faces an away trip to Rotherham United this weekend.

Devonte Redmond – Scunthorpe United

Devonte has not featured in any of the recent games this season. Graham Alexander has not deemed Redmond ready so far for league action. Let’s hope things change for the youngster.

Matty Willock – Utrecht FC

Matty Willock has endured a mixed start to his loan move in Holland. He made his debut against Twente, losing and being replaced after 60 minutes. He then scored on his home debut against a Dutch amateur side in the Dutch League Cup, lobbing the keeper to score the pick of the six goals. However, it was back down to earth for Willock and Utrecht as they were on the end of a 7-1 defeat by PSV. Willock was an unused sub in this game.