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Man Utd loan report as star endures bad day with injury and defeat against colleague


Mirror Football takes a look at how Manchester United’s crop of young players out on loan in the EFL fared over the weekend as they tasted action in the Championship, League One and League Two

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Rangnick sees several areas of improvement after Norwich win

Manchester United made it two Premier League wins out of two under interim boss Ralf Rangnick on Saturday.

They sealed a 1-0 win at Norwich City, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty ensuring the visitors left with the points. They rode their luck at times but it followed up Rangnick’s debut win over Crystal Palace, by the same scoreline last week.

Whilst developments at Old Trafford are ticking along nicely, what about those players away from the club?

Over the summer, United sent a batch of players out on loan. And a handful of them were despatched to teams in the EFL as they look to continue their development.

Here, we look at how those players fared for their respective temporary employers on Saturday.

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James Garner






James Garner and his Nottingham Forest teammates enjoyed a superb 4-1 win at Swansea on Saturday

It was a happy day for Garner, who came up against his Old Trafford colleague Ethan Laird, when Nottingham Forest travelled to Swansea City.

Garner’s temporary employers blew away the Swans, sealing a 4-1 victory – with all five goals coming after the interval.

Garner played the full 90 minutes as showed his repertoire of tidy passes and sharp link-up play.

He will be hoping he can continue his encouraging form after starting the last four games for Steve Cooper’s resurgent side.

Ethan Laird






Ethan Laird was substituted at half-time in Swansea’s defeat to Nottingham Forest

As mentioned, it wasn’t a great day for Laird’s Swansea.

The winger impressed early on in his spell with the Welsh club but has regressed over the last few games. Saturday saw him start against Forest but he was substituted after 45 minutes, with the score goalless.

He had to go off with a thigh injury which was a blow to Russell Martin’s side as he had been one of the bright sparks for the hosts up to that point.

United and Swansea will now be anxiously waiting to see how serious the injury is, if it all.

Martin said: “It’s a bit too early to tell. I think it’s more of a precautionary one rather than it being a really bad one.

“I think he felt something so he wanted to make sure it was OK.

Di’Shon Bernard

Bernard played the whole 90 minutes in Hull City’s 2-2 draw at home to Bristol City in the Championship.

Twice Grant McCann’s side led only to be pegged back – the second of which came in stoppage time.

Bernard fared relatively well up against the visitors’ Antoine Semenyo and put in a series of crucial blocks and interventions.

Despite the sickening late leveller, this was a sixth game unbeaten for the Tigers who remain 19th in the table.

Ethan Galbraith






Ethan Galbraith was back to his best for Doncaster Rovers

Northern Ireland midfielder Galbraith played the whole game as League One side Doncaster sealed a vital win over drop rivals Shrewsbury.

The 20-year-old starred as Rovers, who are managerless, beat Shrewsbury Town 1-0 at home.

It was a crucial win for the South Yorkshire side who are now just three points from safety.

Galbraith was his usual self, dictating much of the play from his deep-lying position in midfield. The only blot on his copybook was a yellow card dished out towards the end of the game.

Nathan Bishop






Nathan Bishop’s Mansfield sealed their ninth win in ten outings on Saturday

Bishop copped some flak from his Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough last weekend.

Clough was critical that Bishop was not keeping more clean sheets.

But he responded with a shut-out midweek in a 1-0 win over Carlisle and played his part in Saturday’s impressive 2-1 win over Salford City at home.

The high-profile visitors took the lead with a goal that Bishop could do little about, but Mansfield responded with two goals before the break. Bishop was called into the odd bit of action after the restart but the hosts held on.

That was a fourth win in a row and a ninth win in their last ten as they close in on the League Two play-off positions.

D’Mani Mellor

Mellor’s strange omision from Salford City’s squad continued on Saturday.

The 21-year-old has featured just once for the Ammies since joining in the summer.

Recently he went back to United and started for their under-23s in a 4-0 win over Blackburn in the Premier League 2 – chipping in with two assists.

It is expected that United will re-assess all their loan players’ situations in the New Year – with Mellor the most likely to be re-deployed elsewhere.

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