Joshua King has reportedly agreed to link up with Championship side Blackburn on an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent deal when they transfer window re-opens in January.
The 20-year-old could have played his last game for the Reds in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray. Speaking of the move, King said: “It’s a possible I will join them (Blackburn) on loan tomorrow, but I won’t comment to much since everything’s not finalized.”
King has impressed for the Norwegian national side this season and has picked up useful first-team experience during loan spells at Preston, Borussia Monchengladbach and Hull City. He has been unable to get a look-in at United with the wealth of attacking talent at Sir Alex Ferguson’s disposal and Rovers are prepared to offer him the opportunities he craves, as they seek promotion back to the Premier League. The deal could be the first of many between United and Blackburn as ex-United defender Henning Berg has spoken about his desire to utilise his relationship with United boss Ferguson to Blackburn’s benefit.
Fabio da Silva’s long lay-off has finally come to an end as he returned to action on Saturday as QPR lost 3-1 to Southampton, ending two months of frustration for the 22-year-old defender. The Brazilian, who had not featured for the Hoops since suffering a hamstring injury during a goalless draw with Chelsea in September, replaced Jose Bosingwa with 20 minutes left on the clock and would have been pleased by his brief, but beneficial, outing at Loftus Road. He was a regular starter for the West London side before his injury and with their plight worsening during his time out, Fabio will be pleased nobody has made his spot their own in his absence. With QPR coming to Old Trafford on Saturday, Fabio will be watching from the sidelines as he is not permitted to play against his parent club but he’ll, no doubt, enjoy the trip to Manchester to see a few friends and a certain twin brother of his too.
In the Championship, Ben Amos made his 19th appearance of the season as Hull City recorded a noteworthy 3-2 win over promotion rivals Birmingham City at St Andrews. Amos was called into action for the first time when he saved at the feet of Zigic and then a good stop from a Steven Caldwell shot. Amos was finally beaten by ex-Red Ravel Morrisson with a low shot into the bottom corner to make it 3-1 to Hull before Marlon King slotted in a second for the home side to ensure a tense finale. Robbie Brady was a second half substitute for Liam Rosenior.
Elsewhere, Jessie Lingard was named on the bench but did not feature as Leicester City impressively beat Ipswich Town 6-0. The tricky Reds midfielder last week explained how he hopes to emulate Tom Cleverley’s progress from loan star to United’s first team.
In League One, John Cofie was an 89th minute substitute as Sheffield United sealed a fine 4-1 win over Stevenage at Bramall Lane. The 19-year-old was an unused sub in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with Crewe.
Reece Brown was not involved in Coventry City’s 5-0 romp at Hartlepool while Sean McGinty didn’t feature in Carlisle’s 4-1 loss at Leyton Orient. Brown, who is still yet to return from injury, also missed his side’s 3-1 defeat of Colchester on Tuesday.
Finally, Luke Giverin helped Royal Antwerp move up to fourth in the Belgian Second Division, playing a full game during a 2-0 win over Sint-Truiden. Gyliano van Velzen came off the bench in the 90th minute.