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United Loan Watch – Pearson outshining Januzaj and Blackett

Manchester United currently have 7 players out on loan from their U21’s and first team. Over the last few weeks these players have been trying to prove themselves at their new clubs to get the match experience needed to further their development.

So here’s an update of the 7 Red Devil players who are out on loan.


Kieran O’Hara
Goalkeeper, 19 years old, on loan to Morecambe

So far the young United keeper has had to spend his time on the bench but, following a 4-2 loss to Northampton, O’Hara could get his chance between the sticks next weekend.

Tyler Blackett
Centre Back/Left Back, 21 years old, on loan to Celtic

Last week he started, and played the full 90 minutes, against Aberdeen but unfortunately the Scottish Champions lost 2:1. He then only made a 15 minute cameo against Ajax in the Europa League. This weekend he was replaced by Efe Ambrose in the starting line up and Celtic won 6:0. Blackett may have to wait a while before his next chance as Celtic rarely lose.

Liam Grimshaw
Defensive Midfielder, 20 years old, on loan to Motherwell

His first appearance for Motherwell was a 5 minutes substitute appearance but second appearance lasted the full 90. In a 1:0 loss to Hamilton Academical, Grimshaw managed to stay on the field whilst midfield partner, and team captain, Keith Lasley, was subbed off to improve Motherwell’s chances of getting an equaliser. Grimshaw’s decent play should be a good claim for him to start in Motherwell’s next match.

Joe Rothwell
Centre Midfield, 20 years old, on loan to Barnsley

He’s had a turbulent time at the League One club. In a Football League Trophy match and a League Cup match, Rothwell managed to clock in over 80 minutes but in the league he’s been left on the bench 3 times and only has 133 minutes in the 4 games that he’s played. He hasn’t made the impression that fellow Red Devil Ben Pearson has.

Ben Pearson
Centre Midfield, 20 years old, on loan to Barnsley

Pearson has made an instant impact at Barnsley, he played all 240 minutes of their League Cup run and has played 6 full games and, his other two league appearances lasted over an hour. Although he hasn’t scored or claimed an assist yet, his consistent first team involvement is very promising for the young Englishman’s development.

Adnan Januzaj
Attacking Midfield/Winger, 20 years old, on loan to Borussia Dortmund

He all 3 of the games that he’s featured in, Adnan has played on the right wing. He’s had two half an hour stints in the Bundesliga and a full match in the Europa League. Against FK Krasnador, he made quite an impact, despite not being directly involved in either of Dortmund’s goals. As the young Belgian is at quite a prestigious club, it will take time for him to get his first Bundesliga start. But if he keeps putting in good shifts, and doing well in training, he’ll soon start for Dortmund in the league.

Will Keane
Striker, 22 years old, on loan to Preston North End

Despite not playing a full 90 minutes in the league, in 6 appearances, he did score in Prenston’s 3-1 win over Crewe Alexander in the league cup. Keane is the only Red Devil loanee that has scored a goal.

Highly regarded midfielder, Ben Pearson, has performed the best out of all of Manchester United’s loanees. He’s managed to establish a first team place almost immediately.

The other youngsters are also progressing well and will hopefully get the consistent, first eleven spot that Ben Pearson has already achieved.

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By Ben

Recently graduated university, life now revolves around sports, and writing about sport.

Has an intricate knowledge of Ice Hockey and World Football but also dabbles in American Football and Heavyweight boxing.

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