Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) – Lawrence played the full match in Carlisle’s 2-1 defeat to Crewe in the final game of his current loan spell. Lawrence gave Carlisle a lifeline with around ten minutes left to play when he took control of a free-kick from around 15 yards out and left Crewe’s goalkeeper flapping at thin air as it buried itself in the top corner. Unfortunately, the goal didn’t spark a turnaround.
Ben Amos (Carlisle United) – Amos had a busy afternoon between the sticks for Carlisle United as even with a string of good saves, Amos was beaten twice in the second half. First Aneke chipped over him and later Mesca scored from close range. Carlisle lost 2-1.
Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) – Lingard was suspended for Birmingham’s game against Barnsley. His loan deal has now come to an end. Birmingham boss Lee Clark is quite keen to secure him for the rest of the season but as he’s suspended for their next league match and ineligible in the FA Cup, there’s no rush to complete the deal as the next fixture he’d be available for is on January 18.
Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) – Mick McCarthy confirmed the other day that Tunnicliffe would be available for their game on New Year’s Day as United agreed to extend his loan. The paperwork was done in time for Tunnicliffe to take his place in Ipswich’s starting line-up. He played the full match against Charlton in difficult conditions where he took his place once again in the three man midfield favoured by McCarthy. It was a tight match which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Will Keane (Wigan Athletic) – Will has returned to Old Trafford after picking up a groin injury. Uwe Rosler is said to be monitoring the young striker situation with a view to another loan spell.
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell played the full match in Wigan’s 1-0 win over Derby County. He had been a doubt before kick-off with a hamstring complaint. Powell had a claim for a penalty turned down when he went down under pressure from Derby’s defence but the referee judged that Powell had dived and gave him a yellow card for simulation. In the second half, Powell held the bottom of his back and grimaced in pain. He signalled to the bench for a substitution but managed to recover and saw out the game with an impressive performance.
Michael Keane (Derby County) – Michael played the full match for Derby in the final game of his current loan spell with Derby County. Michael and his fellow defender’s put in a good shift for the entire match, in particular dealing well with corners. However in the 69th minute, Beausejour changed his attacking motion and played a short one-two with McManaman before unleashing a stunning drive into the top left corner to give Wigan the lead. Wigan held out for the rest of the match and Derby lost 1-0.
Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) – Kiko played 82 minutes in Doncaster Rovers visit to QPR in what was the final game of his current loan spell. There was good early link up between Kiko and Richie Wellens which gave Wellens a chance to get into the penalty area but his shot went wide.
Rangers played positive football and got rewarded in the 43rd minutes when Kiko dispossessed Joey Bartion in midfield and drove towards the QPR defence. He released Robinson to shoot across the keeper to give Rangers the lead. In the second half, Kiko had a double chance. He received the ball 15 yards out and his initial shot was blocked but he got back on the ball, this time his shot was deflected out for a corner.
Paul Dickov is very keen to extend Kiko’s loan again but seems resigned to losing him for a little while while he returns to Old Trafford for assessment.
Dickov explained: “We’ve been told by United that they want to take their loan players back in for a bit to assess them. Hopefully we can get him back out after that. We’re definitely looking at that.”
Tyler Blackett (Blackpool) – Blackett started for Blackpool against Sheffield Wednesday in the final game of his loan spell. He had a chance within the opening ten minutes but his shot was deflected out for a fruitless corner. In the 35th minute, a Wednesday clearance cannoned off Blackett and onto the woodwork before being cleared.
Conor Wickham gave Wednesday the lead in the 51st minute when his effort went in off Jack Robinson. Chris Maguire doubled Wednesday’s lead nine minutes later when he scrambled the ball over the line after a shot from Wickham. Blackett was subbed off in the 64th minute to make way for another departing loanee, Nathan Delfouneso.