United loan round-up: James enjoys win; Hernandez frustrations continue

Javier Hernandez trick for Mexico

Rounding up how Manchester United’s current crop of loan stars fared at the weekend.

Manchester United saw their six-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday as they drew 1-1 away to Aston Villa.

Radamel Falcao scored United’s goal as the Colombian staked his claim to feature more in the second half of the season; but a number of other players were doing their bit to impress Louis van Gaal from afar.

Here we take a look at some of United’s current loan stars and how they did at the weekend:

Reece James – Rotherham United

Since left-back Reece James temporarily swapped United for Championship side Rotherham, the 21-year-old is yet to taste defeat.

After three draws (and two clean-sheets) James was finally on the winning side for his loan club, as Rotherham won 2-1 away to Wigan Athletic.

Former United striker Tom Lawrence, who is also on loan at the club from Leicester City, scored the first goal.

Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid

Javier Hernandez started Real Madrid’s match against San Lorenzo in the FIFA Club World Cup on the bench and that was where he stayed.

Goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale sealed the win but Hernandez continued his role as unused (and no doubt frustrated) substitute.

The Mexican international spent both the semi-final and the final of the competition on the bench and he has still made only three 90-minute appearances for Real since leaving United.

Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha had started Crystal Palace’s last three matches but the winger was back on the bench for the trip to Manchester City.

United fans would have hoped the 22-year-old could come off the bench and inspire an upset but by the time he arrived in the 67th minute City were already 2-0 up.

The Blues would ultimately win 3-0 and Zaha had little impact during his time on the pitch.

Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid Castilla

Guillermo Varela has been tipped to make his Real Madrid loan move permanent after glowing praise from his coach Zinedine Zidane, but whatever the future holds he is enjoying featuring regularly for Real Madrid Castilla.

They could only draw 0-0 with Guadalajara on Saturday and the 21-year-old will hope his long-term future is settled sooner rather than later.

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