Oldham Athletic have signed United midfielder Reece Brown on a one-month loan deal. Brown, 20, who is the younger brother of ex-Red defender Wes, made his Latics debut in Saturday’s clash against high-flying Sheffield United and the 20-year-old has featured twice for the Latics since joining from Manchester United.
“I got the call saying they wanted me to come down for a month, so it wasn’t a move I was going to turn down,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.
“It’s getting to that time in my career now where I need to start playing actual league games.”
Brown has had previous loan spells at Bradford and Doncaster, but has still only made seven appearances in the Football League.
The younger brother of Sunderland centre-back Wes Brown, Reece is yet to make his Manchester United debut, but has been an unused substitute. “It was the right move,” he added. “I’m 20 so to come here and to get a few league games under my belt would be great.
“It’s Oldham, so it’s still Manchester, it’s home still. I know a few players, Kieran Lee and Keanu Marsh already, and I know the gaffer as well.
“I’ve had a great welcome and everything has gone well so far.
“When I go away with England it’s always a new mixture of lads, so I’m already used to things like that.”
Brown played at right-back against Scunthorpe and at centre-back against Sheffield United
Tomasz Kuszczak was in the news this week for a controversial interview he gave to The Sun. Kuszczak, whose last game was at Blackburn last May, said: “In previous years there was no place for goalkeeping mistakes and I always knew that. It is a big club.
“This year there is more of a place for goalkeeping mistakes and bad performances I had waited and did what Sir Alex Ferguson had asked me over this period of time.
“I was loyal but did not receive enough chances to prove myself and that is why I am here today. Edwin Van Der Sar is my friend. He was a great goalkeeper, it was difficult to beat someone like this because he did not make many mistakes.”
“He was always fit and he tried to play all the possible. He was good to learn off, I had been waiting for a long time and Edwin retired. Then, Sir Alex took the decision and I have to accept it.”
“I knew I would not play if Sir Alex decided to bring someone in for £18m – it was obvious he was going to play regardless of how well he would do.
“I have missed football so much. It was hard to remain motivated at United when I was training hard and not playing.
“When I got this chance, I wanted to take it straight away. “I want to learn a lot and move forward in my career, whether it is Watford or another club. My contract with United expires this year. “I will try and find a new club where I get as chance to train hard and make myself a better keeper.”
The Polish international, on loan at Watford, did however produce a number of excellent saves to deny Mark Noble and James Tomkins in The Hornet’s hard-fought draw at league-leaders West Ham.
Robbie Brady missed both of Hull’s games this week with a thigh strain. The Irishman was a miss for the Tigers as they drew against both Blackpool and Leeds.
Hull boss Nick Barmby said: “Hopefully, he will go all right for the weekend. To aim for Saturday would give him a much better chance.
“He’s gutted because he loves his football and he was gutted to miss out on Friday.
“He just felt it in training ahead of the Blackpool game and we’ve got to be a little bit mindful and cautious with all the games coming up.”
However, Joshua King did manage to make appearances from the bench in both games – playing the last 30 minutes against Blackpool and 20 minutes in the derby against Leeds – but was limited to a couple of shots on goal as he struggled to make a mark on either game.
John Cofie played 90 minutes in Antwerps’s 2-0 loss to Waasland-Beveren but was barely involved in the game as he was left stranded up-front for lengthy periods. Cofie gave an interview to The National’s Andy Mitten and spoke candidly about living alone for the first time. “I’ve had to cook for myself for the first time in my life,” he said in the warmth of the players’ lounge after a hard-fought victory on an atrocious rain-lashed pitch, where most fans cowered under the pitched roofs of stands built in the 1920s.
“I tried to cook a pizza in the oven when I arrived,” Cofie said. “I burnt it. The physio wasn’t impressed that I was eating takeaways each night and told the coach, who had a word. He was concerned that I wasn’t eating well and invited me to his house, where his wife made me good food.” It seems Cofie is enjoying his time at Antwerp, the full interview can be read here: http://www.thenational.ae/sport/football/manchester-united-youngster-cuts-his-teeth-at-feeder-club-royal-antwerp
Scott Wootton played the full 90 at the weekend for Nottingham Forest and made a number of blocks to ensure Forest held onto a point at Barnsley. The 20-year-old only lasted one half on Tuesday night in Forest’s 2-1 home loss to Doncaster. He was taken off as the home side chased an equaliser and seemed a little tired after two games within a couple of days.
Sean McGinty made his Morecambe debut playing the entirety of their clash with Aldershot in which they lost 1-0. McGinty looked solid for the majority of the game but was ironically less comfortable in his side’s 3-1 win over Cheltenham as he conceded numerous fouls and was eventually substituted with half an hour to go as he was booked and looked very much like being sent for an early bath.
Kiko Macheda was not in QPR’s squad for their 1-1 draw with Everton at the weekend and the week got worse for the Italian as he was fined £15,000 by the FA for a homophobic tweet. Let’s hope Macheda learns from the situation and knuckles down for the remainder of the season.
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