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Academy Match Report: Reading u18s 1-3 Manchester United u18s – Man United News And Transfer News



Manchester United’s u18s were back in action yesterday in the illustrious FA Youth Cup away to Reading.

The match started at a high pace with Reading on top and causing a lot of trouble to United’s full-backs.

Reading were unable to take advantage of their early openings though, with poor final delivery into the box letting them down on a number of occasions.

It was against the run of play when United opened the scoring in the 25th minute.

A pass from Isak Hansen-Aaroen was blocked but the Reading centre-backs were caught flat footed on the loose ball and Kobbie Mainoo was able to pop in and steal the ball before finishing with his left foot.

United were making Reading rue their missed chances as the Manchester side was clinical in attack and doubled the lead in the 37th minute.

Sam Mather played Charlie McNeill down the right wing and he followed in with a run into the box for the return ball.

A touch of fortune was on United’s side as Mather’s strike looked to be going wide but cannoned off the Reading defender’s leg and into the back of the net.

It was only a minute later when Charlie McNeill put the final nail in the coffin to give United a three goal lead.

Sloppy passing out from the back by Reading gifted Alejandro Garnacho the ball and the Spaniard quickly found McNeill in the centre, who with a deft feint was able to turn and calmly slot past the keeper into the bottom right corner.

The half time whistle went soon after with United going into the break up 0-3 even though the scoreline was not a fair reflection of Reading’s performance.

The home side kept up the fight in the second half but Radek Vitek did well to claim a number of crosses.

With the foot off the gas, United looked to cruise to victory but Reading finally got their goal in the 83rd minute with a bit of luck of their own. A blocked clearance ricocheted across the box and found and open Aston Greaver at the back post to smash home.

It was too little too late though, and United came out the victors. They now await the winner of the Everton and Sheffield United tie in the next round.

Despite the result, Travis Binnion wasn’t full convinced by his side and said after the match “I’m a bit disappointed with the first and last 20 minutes. We knew Reading work hard and ask questions of you. We were fortunate not to concede in the first 20 minutes.”

Binnion did take the opportunity to praise some of the team though, saying “Our two centre-backs were outstanding, the goalkeeper was very good, the midfielders were good. But those players carried us through those periods, and it shouldn’t be like that.”

United: Vitek, Jurado, Fredricson, Jackson, Murray, Oyedele (Pye 85), Mainoo (Gore), Mather, Hansen-Aaroen, Garnacho (Ennis 62), McNeill

Unused Subs: Wooster, Aljofree, Norkett, Hugill.

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Academy Match Report: Manchester United u23s 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur u23s – Man United News And Transfer News




While the first team was in action on Monday in the FA Cup, the u23s were busy hosting Tottenham at Leigh Sport Village in Premier League 2 action.

The opening exchanges of the match saw Tottenham take control with Dilan Markanday creating multiple chances for himself.

Matej Kovar was set for a busy day as Spurs looked to pepper his goal with shots, having 14 in the first half alone.

In the 25th minute Markanday raced down the right wing and a clip of the heels from Alvaro Fernandez brought the winger down, winning Spurs a penalty.

United were to be let off though, as Nile John stepped up to the spot and his effort soared into the stands.

United’s only chance came on the break through Charlie McNeill, who had a big opportunity after rounding the keeper but couldn’t wrap his boot around the ball enough to get it on target.

Spurs almost took the lead moments before the break when John was found on the edge of the box. His curled effort beat Kovar but bounced back out off the woodwork.

The second half started with more energy from United, with a quick salvo of chances for Isak Hansen-Aaroen and Marc Jurado.

Hansen-Aaroen found himself on the end of a loose ball and tried to poke it past the keeper from eight yards out but Joshua Oluwayemi’s outstretched leg denied the Norwegian.

The danger wasn’t over though, as Zidane Iqbal collected the ball at the edge of the box and laid it off to Jurado, who unleashed powerful shot which cannoned off the left post.

United continued their dominance in the second half with Alvaro Fernandez getting down the left in the 70th minute and squaring to an open Shola Shoretire in the box.

Shoretire’s side-footed effort was spectacularly saved by Oluwayemi getting down quick with a strong hand.

United won a penalty of their own in the 80th minute when Iqbal was taken down from behind. Shoretire made no mistake in dispatching it, calmly sliding the ball into the bottom right corner.

Five minutes later though, it was late heartbreak at the hands of Markanday again. After a last minute winner in the reverse fixture back in October, Markanday played villain again as he broke in behind down the right and drilled a low effort into the back of the net to draw the match level.

The final whistle was blown soon after, giving the United youngsters one point for their efforts. It wasn’t enough to move up the table though as they remain in seventh.

United: Kovar, Jurado, Hardley, Fish, Fernandez, Svidersky, Iqbal, Hansen-Aaroen (Savage 61), Shoretire, Garnacho (Mainoo 61), McNeill (Hugill 70)

Unused subs: Mastny, McShane

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Academy Match Report: Manchester United u18s 4-2 Scunthorpe United u18s – Man United News And Transfer News




It was a big day for Manchester United’s u18s as they opened their FA Youth Cup campaign at Old Trafford against Scunthorpe United.

The first chance of the match came through a free kick curled in from the left and Tyler Fredricson’s glancing header bounced just wide off the far post.

In the 11th minute Manchester United carved through Scunthorpe centrally with Charlie McNeill holding up the ball and finding Alejandro Garnacho cutting in from the left but the Spaniard’s effort went over the bar.

United opened the scoring just a minute later though as Isak Hansen-Aaroen sent McNeill through 1-on-1 with the keeper. McNeill was taken out by the out- rushing keeper but the ball landed to Garnacho who was able to square and find Sam Mather to tap into the open net.

United were well on top of Scunthorpe and could have doubled their lead in the 18th minute when McNeill whipped a low ball across the 6 yard box and Garnacho came in at the back post to finish but was put off by the recovering defender and ultimately scuffed his shot.

After a quick give and go, Maxi Oyedele went on a super run gliding past two defenders and surging to the edge of Scunthorpe’s box. Unfortunately, the move broke down with the final pass trying to find McNeill who had strayed offside.

The lead was doubled in the 25th minute with one of the best goals the Old Trafford faithful will see this year. Clipped into the box by Hansen-Aaroen, McNeill one touch passed it across to Garnacho who controlled it up scored spectacularly with an acrobatic scissors kick.

The 30th minute saw Maxi Oyedele showing off his passing range with a great ball over the top for McNeill running in behind yet again. The striker fizzed a dangerous ball across the box but it evaded everyone.

It was a lovely training ground corner routine in the 35th minute with a short corner finding McNeill who turned the defender inside out and nutmegged the keeper but the ball was deflected off the post and out.

A smash and grab in the 37th minute saw Scunthorpe pull one back against the run of play. Two driven-in crosses caused some chaotic defending with the ball bouncing around after not being cleared and eventually landed to the Scunthorpe forward to drill into the net.

A resurgent Scunthorpe had United looking nervy and just holding on until the break but a last second chance opened up for Charlie McNeill running through on goal. But the keeper left out a strong foot to make the save and the rebound came to quickly for Garnacho to set his feet and the score remained 2-1 into the break.

United were back on the front foot at the start of the second half and it took only three minutes to restore the two goal lead. A cross from Marc Jurado cleared to the edge of the box only found the prowling Maxi Oyedele who was able to strike from 18 yards into the bottom left corner.

Poor keeping from Scunthorpe saw McNeill make it four in the 53rd minute as the Scunthorpe number one rushed out and got nowhere near the ball, allowing Mather to pass to McNeill for an easy dispatch into the open net.

McNeill’s celebration in front of the Scunthorpe visiting fans wasn’t to the ref’s liking and he was awarded a yellow card.

Scunthorpe kept the fight going though and pulled another back in the 62nd minute. A clever free-kick worked space down the right and the driven cross into the 6 yard box was bundled into the back of the net.

Another clever short corner routine was played in low to McNeill who swung the ball behind him towards the back post but the keeper’s stretching hand palmed it away.

Substitute Manni Norkett had a chance to put his name on the score sheet late in the game with a wide open header from a central area eight yards out, but he couldn’t generate the power to beat the keeper.

The final whistle came soon after, ending the match 4-2 for Manchester United and putting them into the next round of the FA Youth Cup where they will face Reading.

United: Vitek, Jurado, Jackson, Fredricson, Murray, Mainoo, Oyedele (Gore 67), Mather, Hansen-Aaroen, Garnacho (Ennis 76), McNeill (Norkett 82)

Unused Subs: Wooster, Kambwala, Pye

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Academy Match Report: Manchester United u19s 2-1 Young Boys u19s – Man United News And Transfer News




Manchester United’s u19s hosted Young Boys yesterday and in similar fashion to the first team, had already sealed top spot in the group before the match began.

United took early control of the game as Maxi Oyedele charged down the right and whipped in a cross-cum-shot which forced the keeper to push the ball back into a dangerous area but Young Boys managed to frantically clear.

Marc Jurado caught the Swiss backline off guard with a quick throw-in finding Isak Hansen-Aaroen galloping into space down the right. Hansen-Aaroen picked out Alejandro Garnacho with a low driven cross and the Spaniard almost put United into an early lead as his effort cannoned off the post.

United continued to have a lot of joy down the right side with Oyedele proving a handful with his surging runs from midfield.

Young Boys’ first chance came in the 12th minute as they hit on the counter but Sam Murray was able to race back and mop up.

The young full-back was too complacent though and the pressing striker of Young Boys pipped the ball off him and hammered a shot straight into Ondrej Mastny’s face, leaving the keeper down and needing attention.

Hansen-Aaroen, who was popping up all over the pitch, found himself on the left in the 18th minute as he darted past a defender to the byline but his cut back into the area was blocked out for a corner.

Captain Marc Jurado was forced off in the 28th minute after going to ground and holding his head, a result of an innocuous challenge five minutes earlier.

United continued to be on top and Tyler Fredricson charged into midfield from the back and slid the ball down the right for Charlie McNeill to run on to. The clinical striker tried to catch the keeper off his line with an early chipped attempt but it was caught easily in the end.

The breakthrough finally came in the 40th minute through a quality delivery from McNeill, curling the ball in behind Young Boys’ defence for Garnacho to latch onto and strike into the back of the net.

Garnacho looked to double his tally just before the break after McNeill did well to hold up a long ball and slip the Spaniard through down the left. But the winger’s attempt was well saved in the end.

After the break, Young Boys came out looking fired up and playing with a higher intensity.

In the 57th minute Jonathan De Donno was played in over the top to run in behind alongside the covering Fredricson.

After slight contact the Young Boys forward went down easily but the ref awarded the penalty. De Donno stepped up to dispatch it into the left corner.

The second half was a much more tightly contested one, with both sides trading blows.

Young Boys’ striker Aaron Appiah stumbled his way through a group of United defenders and toe-poked an effort at goal but Mastny was there to save.

United immediately counter-attacked with Hansen-Aaroen playing Dillon Hoogewerf down the left and runninginto the box for the return pass before forcing a great save.

The Manchester youngsters retook the lead in the 79th minute with more top quality play from McNeill. Hansen-Aaroen was pulling the strings again to put McNeill through down the middle and the confident striker audaciously chipped the outcoming keeper.

The remainder of the game saw Young Boys go on an all out attack looking for the equaliser. But while they forced a goal line clearance from Sam Murray, they ultimately couldn’t get it over the line.

United now advance to the round of 16 where they await an opponent from the round of 32 play-offs.

United: Mastny, Jurado (Ogunneye 28) (Aljofree 74), Svidersky, Fredricson, Murray, Oyedele, Hansen-Aaroen, Mainoo, Mather (Hoogewerf 68), McNeill, Garnacho (Ennis 68)

Unused subs: Vitek, Norkett, Jackson

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