It was a fine week for two of Manchester United’s loanee goalkeepers as they kept cleansheets. Elsewhere, Chris Smalling started in Serie A for AS Roma while Alexis Sanchez was suspended for Inter’s biggest game of the season so far.

Dean Henderson recovered from a humiliating error against Liverpool last weekend and earned his side a point against Watford. The English goalkeeper had been backed by Peter Schmeichel in the wake of that incident.

On Saturday, he denied former-United striker Danny Welbeck in a one-on-one before a crucial save to prevent a late Craig Dawson header from turning the game to a Watford victory. Henderson’s Blades are now 13th in the Premier League, worrying close to Manchester United.

A couple of divisions down in League One, Kieran O’Hara managed a clean sheet against MK Dons. Burton Albion dispatched of them easily with a 3-0 win.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Chris Smalling of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex on August 14, 2019 in Manchester, England. (
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Smalling starts for Roma, Alexis suspended for Inter clash

In Serie, Chris Smalling played well in a 1-1 draw for AS Roma against Cagliari. The English defender’s game suits the Italian league more than it does the Premier League. He’s quick, strong and has a good reading of the game. He won’t come back into the first team at United with the current coaching set up because of his inability to pass out from the back. A future in Serie A is very possible, though.

Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, was suspended for Inter Milan’s crucial game against Juventus. The two clubs are fighting for the title but a win for Juventus in the Derby D’Italia saw them regain top spot in Serie A as they look for yet another Scudetto. Alexis scored last weekend before getting a red card.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Joel Castro Pereira of Manchester United and Chris Smalling of Manchester United high five after their win during the match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Optus Stadium on July 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia.
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In Scotland, goalkeeper Joel Pereira started for Hearts in a 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock. It was the Portuguese goalkeeper’s first home defeat for his loan club. Pereira, Henderson and O’Hara are doing well out on loan. United have a whole host of options for next season’s second or third choice shot-stopper.


Hamilton and Tanner start in EFL

In the English Football League, Ethan Hamilton started for Southend United in a 3-1 away defeat. They’re in a League One relegation scrap. The same is true for George Tanner’s Morecambe who are struggling in League Two. Port Vale triumphed 3-1 against Tanner’s Morecambe.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson fared worse than Hamilton and Tanner as he was an unused substitute for Tranmere Rovers in a 1-0 loss against Shrewsbury Town. It’s a surprise that he’s still at United after a number of unsuccessful loan moves.

In non-league, Alex Fojticek started for Stalybridge Celtic against FC United of Manchester, the club formed after the Glazers’ takeover of Manchester United in 2005. FC United beat Stalybridge 3-2 with a 90th-minute winner in the Northern Premier League.

And finally, up in Norway, Aidan Barlow wasn’t in the matchday squad for Tromso’s 5-0 rout over Kristiansund.

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