All the United fans I have spoken to about the decision to loan Fabio da Silva to QPR were just as bemused as I was. The Brazilian, twin of United’s new number 2 Rafael, had developed well at Old Trafford despite Patrice Evra’s stranglehold over the left-back position. Fabio even played at right-back for a portion of the 2010-11 season which culminated in a Champions League final starting place against Barcelona at Wembley. Many had expected Fabio to challenge Evra for a space in the starting XI this term but he was instead shipped over to QPR to join Ji-Sung Park at Loftus Road. A penny for their thoughts after their 5-0 thrashing by Swansea City. Fabio was sloppy and lost possession in dangerous areas and at times tried to do too much in the opposition half, neglecting his defensive duties. He did last the full 90 minutes; I’ll have you know but was booked for a foul on Nathan Dyer, who ran him ragged all afternoon.
Ben Amos kept a clean sheet on his Hull City league debut at the weekend as Steve Bruce’s side ran out 1-0 winners over Brighton. Funnily enough, it was Tomasz Kuszczak in the opposite goal and it was his mistake that allowed Jay Simpson’s shot to send the KC Stadium into delirium on the first day of the season. It wasn’t all plain-sailing for Amos though, as Craig Mackail-Smith had almost given the Seagulls the lead but headed onto the crossbar, while team-mate Kazenga LuaLua saw a 25-yard drive well saved.
Sean McGinty is having a tough time breaking into Oxford’s starting line-up as the U’s are sitting pretty at the top of League Two after two wins from two. McGinty, 19, was an unused substitute for both games as well as their First Round League Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Bouremouth. Oxford boss Chris Wilder will be tempted to stick with his winning formula in the weekend’s match against Plymouth but McGinty is tipped to make his bow against Leeds United in the Capital One Cup on August 28th.
Reece Brown returned to League One football, swapping Oldham for Coventry and found himself on the left side of a back five as The Sky Blues drew 1-1 with Yeovil in the first ever meeting between the two clubs.
Brown put in a strong performance and made a number of clearances but didn’t take advantage of his new role by helping out in attack as the visitors struggled to make clear chances.
Nevertheless, Coventry manager Andy Thorn said of Brown: “This is another really good signing for us.”Reece is a massive talent and we’re delighted to bring him here.”
He added: “The fact that we looked after Ollie Norwood so well last season has stood us in good stead with Manchester United and we are grateful that Sir Alex Ferguson and his staff have put their faith in us to do exactly the same with Reece.”
Brown played on the left of a four-man defence midweek as he came up against Sheffield United and fellow United loanee John Cofie. It took just nine minutes for Cofie to get his first shot away but his effort was well-blocked by Stephen Elliott. It was another 20 minutes before Cofie could find the space to have another go but it was blocked again, this time by Adam Barton. As both sides chased the opening goal, Reece Brown was marauding up the left wing and put in a few crosses which were well dealt with. As Coventry took control of the game between these two relegated sides, Blades boss Danny Wilson felt it was time for a change and opted to remove Cofie for Shaun Miller. Just after the substitution, Coventry took the lead through Stephen Elliot and Reece Brown found himself up against Miller who made runs inside him for the last 20 minutes. One of these runs into the box lead to Sheffield United’s equaliser as Miller put Nick Blackman through who found the bottom corner with just five minutes to play. Miller also replaced Cofie after an hour of their opening day win over Shrewsbury Town as the 19-year-old struggled to get into the game, making the odd run in behind but to be called offside on each occasion.
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