Manchester United loanee Power Rankings: 8th-1st, Who claims top spot?

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Ranking Manchester United's loan stars this season to date...

Throughout the season at HITC we will be spotlighting the various players out on loan from Premier League sides.

In doing so we will be compiling our regular Power Rankings, to assess who is making an impact and who is losing ground.

Several of Manchester United's stars are yet to feature for their new sides having being loaned out on deadline day, but this early edition gives us a look at where each player is starting from, allowing us to chart the climbs and falls through the season, at this week are based on early impact - if any - and expectation.

Currently there are eight players from the first team squad out on loan, here's a look at how they rank, in reverse order...

8) Angelo Henriquez

Out of sight, out of mind? Chilean youngster Henriquez has been loaned to Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb. The 20-year-old has played one game as a substitute, and has a battle on his hands to catch United's attention.

7) Michael Keane

Defender Michael Keane should be particularly disappointed to be sent out on loan due to United's shortage at the back, indicating Louis van Gaal simply does not view him as ready. He has plenty of motivation to succeed therefore, but could find himself under plenty of pressure at the relegation battlers.

6) Guillermo Varela

From United's under-21s to Real Madrid, Varela's late loan was a big surprise. Expected to feature for Madrid's youth team, Varela has instead been included in Real's Champions League squad, indicating the Uruguayan may get to experience first team football.

5) Nick Powell

Powell has real potential to shoot up this list, taken on loan by Leicester City on deadline day. Powell blossomed at Wigan last season, and the chance to hopefully play regularly in the Premier League is a nice opportunity for him.

4) Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley enters the list at four, ahead of the others at this stage on past experience alone, and he will know he has to step forward rather than backwards at Aston Villa. The much-criticised Englishman has a point to prove, and former United man Roy Keane, Villa assistant, could help push him forward.

3) Nani

Nani has slotted straight into the first team at his old side Sporting Lisbon, although missing a penalty on his return did not go down well. Like Hernandez he will be playing Champions League football, and could thrive under the spotlight in his native Portugal.

2) Wilfried Zaha

A forgotten, or at least ignored, figure at United since signing, Zaha has made an immediate impact on loan at former club Crystal Palace. Scoring a crucial goal in their 3-3 draw with Newcastle, Zaha has already made a bigger impact that he did on loan at Cardiff last season, or indeed with the Red Devils.

1) Javier Hernandez

Chicarito slots straight in at number one after being hand-picked by Real Madrid to be their second choice striker. That's an elevation for the Mexican who was previously fourth choice at United, and can be expected to play a huge part in their Champions League defence.

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