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.
This trio of Manchester United players certainly would have been hoping for better fortunes than their parent club this weekend, and although there is not a victory to be shared between them, it would seem there are more positives to take following their recent performances.
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson, on loan at Sheffield United from the Red Devils’ Under-23 side, has made a solid start to life in the top flight at Bramall Lane.
While his error that gifted Liverpool victory a week ago will likely be a low point, Henderson certainly redeemed himself with a clean sheet at Watford, as the Blades continue to pick up points on the road in the Premier League.
It is not the ‘keeper’s first clean sheet of the season, either – having proved unbeatable at Goodison Park a fortnight ago as well as against Crystal Palace in mid-August. All in all, it has been a positive start to his Premier League career.
With not many loanees to choose from in United’s first team, it is worth another check-in on Alexis Sanchez.
In terms of Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash against Juventus, Sanchez played no part because of the red card he received last week at Sampdoria for two bookable offences, as Inter were beaten 2-1 thanks to a late Gonzalo Higuain goal.
However, he did feature in the Champions League for Antonio Conte’s side at former club Barcelona, although it appears his discipline remains an issue with the Chilean picking up another booking as the Nerazzurri were eventually downed 2-1 at Camp Nou by a Luis Suarez double.
Chris Smalling played another 90 minutes for Roma as he looks to nail down a starting place at the Stadio Olimpico after battling back to full fitness upon his arrival in the Italian capital.
The 29-year-old could not follow up the clean sheet earned at Lecce last week when his team played hosts to Cagliari at the weekend, with a Joao Pedro penalty giving the visitors a brief lead before an own-goal brought about Roma’s equaliser as they were held at home.
Elsewhere, Smalling was left out of their Europa League clash in midweek, where they were also held at Austrian outfit Wolfsberger AC.
It seems that these loanees are getting the most out of their spells away, with all involved at some point in the past seven days.
Henderson looks to have repaid the faith of his manager by keeping out the Hornets following his ghastly gaffe last week, while Sanchez’s start in the Champions League looks to be a positive sign as he strives for minutes at the San Siro.
As for Smalling, who could still be finding his feet after a disrupted start to the season, he can perhaps take heart from the fact he has not conceded in open play since his debut defeat to Atalanta a couple of weeks ago.
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