It was contrasting fortunes for two Manchester United defenders on loan as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was named Man of the Match in his debut for Wolves and Guillermo Varela tore ligaments in his ankle.
Borthwick-Jackson made his debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 1-1 draw with Burton Albion in the Championship, Wolves conceding a late equaliser. Despite that, Borthwick-Jackson was named Man of the Match and singled out for praise by multiple fans, hailing his composure at a young age.
A couple of hours prior to Borthwick-Jackson’s excellent performance, Varela was substituted after only seven minutes for Eintracht Frankfurt against Darmstadt having torn his ankle ligaments. It has subsequently been found out that Varela may miss up to four months, a massive blow to the Uruguayan youngsters on loan.
James Wilson was also in action, failing to make a difference for Derby County as they were beaten by Newcastle United. Some fans have criticised his attitude, seeing him as a player from the Premier League who thinks he is above the level he is playing at; the Championship. Such criticism may be unwarranted, but the only way for Wilson to prove such doubters wrong is by scoring goals, which he is failing to do so far.
Dean Henderson and Joel Castro Pereira, United’s two loanee goalkeepers, were both on the substitutes bench, for Grimsby Town and Portuguese side Belenenses respectively. Henderson had been on international duty with England under-20 prior to Saturday’s game against Luton Town, a 2-2 draw.
Andreas Pereira was the only player in action on Sunday as his Granada side lost 1-0 to ten-man Eibar. It was a poor team performance, but Pereira was arguably Granada’s best player on the pitch. His physicality has improved immensely and this season is the chance to prove Louis van Gaal wrong after the Dutchman seemingly refused to give Pereira a chance last season. The Brazilian has recently revealed that Jose Mourinho told him he is wanted at the club next season.
Adnan Januzaj was the final Manchester United loanee in action, playing the full 90 minutes for Sunderland in a 3-0 loss to Everton as Romelu Lukaku scored an 11-minute hat-trick. Januzaj dipped in and out of the game but the ultimate criticism is that he is failing to shine out in a poor Sunderland side, one tipped for relegation. Should Januzaj be 18, that would not be an issue yet at 21, this is the age where Januzaj should begin to be one of the best players in poor teams. He did have moments where his ability, and vision, shone through, but they were too rare.