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Loan and International Roundup – May 3-4

Posted by nickogs20 on May 6, 2008

copyright www.swanseacity.premiumtv.co.ukAs Febian Brandy crowns his League One title-winning loan spell with the winning goal in Swansea’s final game at Brighton, it’s disappointment all round on final day for United’s Championship contingent… Read the rest of this entry »

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Loan Roundup – April 26-27

Posted by nickogs20 on April 29, 2008

With three having helped steer their sides clear of the threat of relegation and another having already celebrated clinching the League One title, this past weekend was all about our other four loanees’ continuing pursuit of promotion to the Premier League.

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Loan Roundup – April 19-22

Posted by nickogs20 on April 24, 2008

Darron Gibson (c/o eurosport)

Irish midfield powerhouse Darron Gibson was the only one of United’s loanees to taste victory this week…

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Loan Roundup – April 12-15

Posted by nickogs20 on April 18, 2008

Fraizer Campbell (picture c/o www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk)

An extended loan roundup this week as two of our Championship loanees play Saturday-Tuesday after their week off due to the FA Cup Semis…

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Loan Roundup – April 5-6

Posted by nickogs20 on April 8, 2008

Michael Barnes, copyright of www.shrewsburytown.premiumtv.co.uk

Michael Barnes had a point to prove this weekend as his Shrewsbury side travelled to Chesterfield, where Barnes of course spent an unsuccessful and prematurely terminated loan spell earlier in the year. Having made a bright start to his career with The Shrews he was given a start at Saltergate, but it wasn’t to prove a happy return – having reached half-time at 0-0, Shrewsbury collapsed to lose 4-1, with Barnes being replaced on the hour mark after a largely ineffective display. Shrewsbury are now in real danger of relegation from League Two, quite a test for the 19 year old given he’s also very much playing for a permanent contract.

Sunderland notched up a third straight win and climbed even further away from the Premier League drop zone, thanks in no small part to Jonny Evans once more. The Ulsterman was unlucky to have what would have been a first Premier League goal chalked off, but otherwise starred as the Black Cats were only denied another clean sheet by a great strike from United Academy graduate David Healy. That goal did little to affect the final result, with Sunderland running out convincing 3-1 winners at Craven Cottage.

Danny Simpson played the full ninety as Ipswich’s playoff hopes took a severe dent at the hands of local rivals Colchester. The unexpected 2-0 defeat leaves the Tractor Boys two points outside the top six, and while Danny still thinks a playoff place is well with reach, dropping three points against the bottom side in the division was a major setback.

Febian Brandy returned from suspension as a 59th minute substitute with Swansea seemingly in control of their home game against lowly Bournemouth. The Swans had just taken the lead and at that point looked set to clinch not just promotion but also the League One title, only for a Doncaster equaliser in their game at Huddersfield to put the title party on hold. Worse news was to follow as Bournemouth then produced a comeback United would be proud of, scoring two goals in injury time to ensure the Liberty Stadium faithful had nothing to celebrate just yet. Febian will be in contention for a starting place as Swansea travel to second placed Carlisle in midweek, and he will be fully aware that Sir Alex is keeping an eye on his progress.

The remaining quartet of United loanees all had the weekend off for various reasons. Kieran Lee was named in the matchday squad but was an unused substitute as QPR were held to a home draw by Preston, Lee Martin was again missing through injury as Sheffield United beat Leicester 3-0 to give themselves an outside shot of making the playoffs, while the strong Championship involvement in the FA Cup Semi-finals meant Fraizer Campbell‘s Hull and Darron Gibson‘s Wolves were without a fixture.

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Loan Roundup – March 29-30

Posted by nickogs20 on March 31, 2008

Fraizer Campbell, picture from hullcityafc.premiertv.co.uk

Fresh from making his England under-21 debut in midweek, Fraizer Campbell further enhanced his burgeoning reputation in Hull’s 3-0 victory over fellow promotion contenders Watford at the KC Stadium. In netting the second goal of the game from close range, Fraizer took his goal tally for the season to fourteen, and Hull now sit just two points off the Championship summit in third place.

Should Hull’s fantastic season end in promotion to the Premier League, it seems they will almost certainly count Roy Keane’s Sunderland side amongst their opponents next season after Jonny Evans helped the wearside outfit to a crucial home win over West Ham, the winning goal coming in the 6th minute of injury time – Evans once more impressing at the heart of defence.

Danny Simpson made his full debut in Ipswich’s goalless draw with QPR at Portman Road, impressing this reporter and generally earning solid reviews on Ipswich message boards. Kieran Lee made an appearance from the bench for the visitors, and to quote loftforwords.co.uk “De Canio also sent on Kieran Lee for Rowan Vine who’d had a pretty poor game and that tidied QPR up a lot with Lee excellent on the ball, springing numerous counter attacks with balls from midfield, and solid in defence and tracking back. I really don’t understand why we don’t use him more.”

Wolves’ dramatic 3-2 win at the Valley pushed them into the Championship play-off positions with Darron Gibson coming on for a rollercoaster last 20 minutes which saw former Reds striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake give Wolves the lead with a sensational strike – his second of the game – before a late Charlton equaliser and an even later Wolves winner.

Having failed to make an impression on loan at Chesterfield, Michael Barnes got off to a more positive start at his second loan club of the season, playing the full ninety in Shrewsbury’s home defeat to Bury.

Febian Brandy sat out Swansea’s encounter with Hartlepool, the third game of his three-match ban after being sent off against Bristol Rovers earlier in the month, while Lee Martin missed Sheffield United’s trip to Preston as he continued to recover from a knee problem. There was positive news on that front as Blades boss Kevin Blackwell revealed the injury may not need season-ending surgery as first feared. Martin is currently back at United recieving treatment, and Blackwell said “If Lee comes through a week’s worth of training with them then they’ve told us he probably won’t need an operation. If so, there’s a chance he could be ready in time for Leicester (April 5).”

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FAPAL: United U18’s 1 Sunderland U18’s 5

Posted by nickogs20 on March 30, 2008

A makeshift United side put in a performance every bit as miserable as the Mancunian weather as Sunderland’s youngsters took a big step towards the Academy playoffs at a sodden Carrington. Injuries, international call-ups and reserve team duty deprived the u18’s of the several regulars and gave the starting eleven a decidedly unfamiliar look – Reece Brown was drafted in from the under 16’s to partner Kenny Strickland at the heart of defence, while the ever-versatile Jimmy Derbyshire slotted in at right-back. In midfield, there was a first Academy start for 16 year old Norwegian Joshua King, a January recruit from Valerenga. A tall, athletic centre-forward by reputation, King made his u18 bow on the right flank, just outside countryman Magnus Eikrem who partnered Oliver Norwood in central midfield. Fresh from his reserve debut on Thursday, Robert Brady was given a free role behind Evandro Brandão. Sunderland fielded Martyn Waghorn upfront, a player who had already faced United this season at first team level (Waghorn made his debut in the Black Cats’ 4-0 Boxing Day drubbing by the Reds), and came into the game sitting atop Academy Group D and having only last week narrowly lost to Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup semi-finals. A tough test for the young Reds even without taking the absentees into consideration, and so it was to prove.

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