It’s been another week of upheaval as far as United’s loanees are concerned as some have returned whilst others have been sold. Here’s our weekly round-up…
Peterborough United defender Scott Wootton has returned to United after having his loan spell terminated. The 20-year-old, who joined Posh in the summer and went on to feature 14 times, was due to be at London Road until the end of the season. Boss Darren Ferguson told the club website: “It is a joint decision to be honest.
“I had a chat with Scott and he felt he wasn’t really playing enough games so I was happy to let him go back to Old Trafford.”
Wootton arrived at Peterborough alongside United team-mate Ryan Tunnicliffe, who is still with the Championship club.
He played the first 45 minutes of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Brighton before being replaced by captain Grant McCann.
Ryan Tunnicliffe lasted the full 90 and assisted Peterborough’s only goal in the 2-1 defeat. An effort on goal by Tunnicliffe from just outside the area late on flew harmlessly over the target as The Posh’s search for an equaliser was unfounded.
Reading suffered their first home defeat since November as Robbie Brady scored the only goal of the game to give Hull victory. Brady broke the deadlock midway through the second half, firing past Adam Federici from 18 yards out. The youngster raced on to a through ball from Paul McKenna and made no mistake to give Barmby his eighth win in charge.
The win saw Hull leapfrog the Royals and move into the top six with their 14th win of the season.
Brady was preferred to Matt Fryatt in attack and Nick Barmby’s selection was justified when he scored only his second goal of the season. Ironically his other also came against the Royals. Brady wasn’t done there though as he then brought a superb save out of Federici from a 30-yard free-kick which the Australian did well to tip over the bar. Fellow loanee Josh King would have taken note of Brady’s performance as he watched from the sidelines before coming on for the last five minutes as The Tigers held out for a deserved win.
Leicester City completed the signing of United midfielder Danny Drinkwater for an undisclosed fee, on a contract to 2015. Drinkwater has been on loan at Barnsley since the start of the season, making 18 appearances for the Tykes. The 21-year-old impressed Foxes boss Nigel Pearson by creating both goals as the Tykes beat City 2-1 on Saturday.Pearson told the club website: “He is a player we have monitored for a long time, we’re delighted to get him here.”
Barnsley boss Keith Hill had hoped to retain Drinkwater’s services for longer before the Foxes’ bid. He told BBC Radio Sheffield: “We live in this football food chain that we can’t compete with Leicester and they’ve nicked a player we’ve been developing. “I wish him all the best in the future because he deserves the opportunity and it will be a great financial package at Leicester. “I believe one day he will be a Premier League player. It’s football, it’s a shame, but we move on.”
Kiko Macheda was in action midweek for QPR as he played over an hour in Rangers’ 1-0 win over MK Dons in an FA Cup Third Round Replay. Macheda, 20, was largely frustrated throughout the game with a couple of offside decisions going against him. The Italian forward also got into a tangle with ex-Red Luke Chadwick early on in the first half but escaped further punishment. Macheda was an unused substitute in QPR’s 3-1 against Wigan on Saturday.
John Cofie played the full game for Royal Antwerp in their 2-1 defeat to strugglers Sint Niklaas. Antwerp took the lead through Karel De Smet but fell behind to goals from Stavros Glouftsis and Lode Vertonghen. Cofie looked strong and energetic in the first half but faded as the game went against his side and went long periods without seeing the ball.