Ryan Tunnicliffe was the beneficiary of Grant McCann’s injury, who is out for around 10 weeks with knee ligament damage, as he played the full 90 minutes of Peterborough’s tense 1-0 victory over Coventry in the Championship.
The 18-year-old was praised by Darren Ferguson for a solid performance and should remain in his manager’s thinking during this busy festive period. Scott Wootton is now available for the Posh after a knee injury.
Robbie Brady returned from suspension to make a cameo for Hull City in the Tigers’ 2-0 triumph against Millwall. Tigers boss Nick Barmby has revealed he’s in talks over extending the winger’s loan and the Irishman replaced former Red Cameron Stewart on Saturday.
Both he and Oliver Norwood have picked up bans for red cards recently during their loan stints away from Old Trafford.
“Both sendings off look harsh really but things like that are another lesson for them to learn when they go out on loan,” Reserves boss Warren Joyce told ManUtd.com. “Things like that can happen.
“You find yourself out of the team with a three-match ban and, in the real world out there, it’s not always easy to get back into the team. So that’s another thing that teaches them a lesson.”
Norwood was still serving his ban for Scunthorpe’s goalless draw at Exeter, with Sam Johnstone keeping a clean sheet. The Grecians shaded the first half, with Chris Hackett twice being denied by the in-form Johnstone who saved well.
Danny Drinkwater has returned to United for treatment to his injury and his spell at Barnsley has been put on hold.
Ritchie De Laet missed Norwich’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park but returned to training this week after a recurring back injury and will be available for the Canaries who play seven games in the next month.
Joshua King was not in the 18-man squad for Borussia Monchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Mainz.
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