Manchester United loan watch: Nani scores and assists, Zaha's progress and more

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

Manchester United’s first-team got a much-needed victory at the weekend, as goals from Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson saw them overcome Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Loftus Road.

But there are a number of players currently plying their trade away from Old Trafford in the hope of earning more first-team recognition in the future.

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

Ben Pearson – Barnsley

A week after Ben Pearson’s man-of-the-match performance for loan club Barnsley, the young midfielder did not feature in the League One side’s latest clash due to an injury he picked up in training

The Tykes took on Doncaster and a late strike from Harry Forrester sealed the three points for the hosts.

Nani – Sporting Lisbon

Nani got back on the scoring trail at the weekend, scoring the first goal in Sporting Lisbon’s 4-2 win against Rio Ave.

The Portuguese international has struggled to rediscover his best form since returning from a spell out injured, but he netted a penalty on Sunday and set up another strike to take his tally to eight goals and six assists for the season.

Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb’s next match is not until January 27 so United’s Chilean forward Angelo Henriquez will have to wait patiently for another chance to do what he does best.

Reece James – Rotherham United

Young full-back Reece James did not play for Championship side Rotherham United on Saturday.

The defender experienced his first defeat since beginning his loan spell last weekend, but he was not involved as Rotherham suffered another loss, this time at the hands of AFC Bournemouth.

Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid

Real Madrid won 3-0 away to Getafe on Sunday with former United player Cristiano Ronaldo scoring two more goals and Gareth Bale netting the other.

As has been the way so often this season, Javier Hernandez spent the entire match on the bench.

Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha played 70 minutes of Crystal Palace’s match against Burnley – a game the Eagles won 3-2.

Zaha is certainly getting more game-time than he did at United but there is still much for him to work on, not least when he releases the ball to set up chances for his teammates.

The winger’s skill is undeniable but he should now be adding smarts to his game to become a truly devastating wide-man.

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