In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
As Manchester United continue to falter in the Premier League, a look at their loan players offers the chance of some positive news regarding those spending time away from Old Trafford.
Here, we take a look at a rather familiar story for a United player, as well as a couple of late victories for two on-loan Red Devils.
Alexis Sanchez’s attempts to revive his career at Inter Milan are showing few signs of progress after the Chilean was an unused substitute for the second time in three weeks since his San Siro switch.
The 30-year-old, who also spent Inter’s Champions League opener watching from the sidelines, was not involved in the derby win over AC Milan as former United striker Romelu Lukaku helped seal a 2-0 victory for Antonio Conte’s men to continue their perfect start to the league season.
Sanchez only has 10 minutes of action under his belt in Inter colours as he continues to struggle for game time away from Old Trafford.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson endured a topsy-turvy afternoon for Tranmere Rovers as they dramatically came from behind to beat Burton Albion 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The 22-year-old full-back was a second-half substitute, giving away a penalty and earning a booking before two stoppage-time goals rescued all the points – and spared his blushes.
Saturday’s performance was just his second for Tranmere, where he is yet to start a game since his temporary switch to the League One club.
Portuguese goalkeeper Joel Pereira played a full part as a late goal secured Hearts the derby spoils over Hibernian in a 2-1 victory.
Pereira was beaten by a long-range screamer from Hibs’ Stephen Mallan, but Hearts struck twice in the final 20 minutes to steal a win and move off the foot of the Scottish Premiership table.
The Edinburgh derby was Pereira’s first appearance for a number of weeks following a knock that had kept him out of the team’s last two fixtures.
It was certainly a high-octane weekend for some of United’s loanees, but Sanchez has yet to be given an extended opportunity to stake a claim to get into Inter’s future plans – never mind United’s.
Whether the Chilean will take advantage of when Conte inevitably rotates his side remains to be seen, while Borthwick-Jackson and Pereira will surely be looking to follow up their weekend performances despite potential moments to forget in their respective matches.
Manchester United fans, what do you make of the progress these players are making? Is there any way back for Sanchez at United? Let us know in the comments below!
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