Manchester United loan watch: Alexis Sanchez scores and sees red as Chris Smalling and Joel Pereira keep clean sheets

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.

Here is a look at how three Manchester United loanees are getting on at their respective clubs – and it’s fair to say that it’s been a hectic week for Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling and Joel Pereira, who have had an action-packed few days during their time away from Old Trafford.


Alexis Sanchez had an eventful evening for Inter as he helped the Nerazzurri to a 3-1 victory at Sampdoria – though the Chilean was sent off after being adjudged to have dived as he picked up a second booking for simulation.

Sanchez had earlier scored his first goal in Inter colours and could be considered unlucky not to have claimed a brace after he deflected Inter’s opener via Stefano Sensi’s shot.

His new side held on to preserve their perfect start to the season, but will have to do without him for their Serie A fixture against Juventus, with former club Barcelona up next in the Champions League.


Chris Smalling finally made his debut for Roma last Wednesday as his side were beaten at home by Atalanta, with the centre-back playing the full 90 minutes.

Smalling had been suffering from a muscle problem that had seen his Roma bow delayed by a number of weeks, though the 29-year-old shrugged off the disappointment of his debut defeat by keeping a clean sheet in the weekend’s win over Lecce.

Receiving a yellow card in the 1-0 win, courtesy of former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko’s header, it seems Smalling finally has his Serie A career up and running.


Joel Pereira also had a busy week and followed up a victorious Edinburgh derby in between the sticks for Hearts with a penalty shootout victory over Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup, before shutting out St. Mirren in a goalless draw.

Pereira saved one penalty as Aberdeen fluffed their lines in all three of their spot kicks, with Hearts winning the shootout 3-0 after a 2-2 draw in midweek.

There was another stalemate at the weekend at St. Mirren, as Pereira’s clean sheet helped secure a point for Hearts, who remain in the lower half of the Scottish Premiership.

A mixed week in all for this trio of United loanees, but it seems that each of them is at least having an effect at their loan clubs – even if not all in a positive light.

However, at the very least it must be encouraging that Sanchez is among the goals, having had so few in a United shirt. Also, with Smalling and Pereira both displaying their abilities to excel in their roles with a clean sheet apiece at the weekend, there has certainly been a positive flavour to the current performances of these loanees over the past week.

Manchester United fans, how encouraging is it to see Sanchez get off the mark for Inter? Can Smalling have a successful time at Roma? Let us know in the comments below!

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Manchester United loan watch: Alexis Sanchez scores and sees red as Chris Smalling and Joel Pereira keep clean sheets
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