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Preview: McKenna’s U18’s to get revenge against City?

AON Training Complex, Carrington

Premier League U18

Saturday 3rd December 2016, KO 11:00 [Live on MUTV]

Manchester United U18’s face local rivals Manchester City in the Premier League U18 at the AON Training Complex on Saturday morning. It is the second Manchester derby of the season, the first resulted in Manchester United falling to a 2-0 defeat, which also saw the sending off of goalkeeper Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui, in what was a fiery occasion at the City Academy earlier in the season. United are now second-placed in the Premier League U18 with 29 points, a point behind City, who will still have two games in hand after the derby. Liverpool is third, five points adrift of United, with a game in hand over United, who have played some great football this season, scoring 41 goals so far in the league this season, conceding just 21. United have won nine, drawn twice and losing three matches of the 14 played this season so far, scoring more goals than last season as a whole.

United have some talented players in this group, who start their FA Youth Cup a week on Monday, looking likely to form a run in the domestic competition which United have won ten times in the history of the tournament. Manchester City will also be selected as likely runners in the cup, which could be a fiery occasion if the two teams meet. United and City have a great rivalry, and now that City seems to have spent hundreds of millions to get into the same category as United, there is a battle of pride across the City. United need to ensure they let the bitter blues leave the AON Training Complex wondering what went wrong, leaving with United have won all of the three available points in the match. That needs to be the minimum after the 2-0 defeat earlier in the season, something United need to kick back for. Kieran McKenna, the U18 coach spoke to the official Manchester United website about the Manchester derby this weekend, saying:

“Obviously, the boys have been playing very well and we’re in a good run of form. We have a lot of talented players fit and available for selection but we know this one is a really good test as it’s two top sides having really good seasons. To take them on here, on our home ground head to head, is something to look forward to.

“I think, in the most of the games, the boys have done themselves and the club a credit and I hope that will continue for as long as possible. Saturday is a bigger test in terms of the strength of the opposition but that’s the profile of game we want to see the boys in, to see if they can bring some of that fantastic, attacking football onto this stage.

“We’ve had a strong group in the last few weeks and rotated constantly. We don’t speak about putting a best side out, we rotate to give them all opportunities and I’m confident, whoever we put on the pitch in any given game, will do a good job. The ones off the bench will also be strong additions to the game.

“The way it is these days, the boys will probably be in contact via social media on the different platforms with some of the City boys. I think we’ve got some internationals who are in the same England squads as some of their boys so there will be that rivalry on a personal level as well between them. I am sure it will only add to the excitement of the game.”

Manchester United U18 Squad:

Manager: Kieran McKenna

Goalkeepers: Alex Fojticek, Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui, Max Johnstone

Defenders: Ro-Shaun Williams, Harry Spratt, Jake Barrett, Lee O’Connor, Luca Ercolani, Max Dunne, Tyrell Warren, Thomas Sang,

Midfielders: Aiden Barlow, Andre Gomes, Callum Whelan, DJ Buffonge, Callum Gribbin, Ethan Hamilton, Faustin Makela, Indy Boonen, Jake Kenyon, Zachary Dearnley

Forwards: George Tanner, Kayne Diedrick-Roberts, Josh Bohui, Nishan Burkart, Tahith Chong

Manchester City U18 Squad:

Manager: Lee Carsley

Goalkeepers: Arijanet Muric, Curtis Anderson, Pawel Sokol

Defenders: Lewis Blackshaw, Joe Coveney, Edward Francis, Joel Latibeaudiere, Tyreke Wilson

Midfielders: Tom Dele-Bashiru, Phil Foden, Colin Rosler, Ian Carlo Poveda, Iker Pozo, Jadon Sancho, Matthew Smith

Forwards: Joe Hardy, Lorenzo Gonzalez, Luke Bolton

Manchester United U18 Top Scorers:

7 – Angel Gomes, 6 – Indy Boonen, 5 – DJ Buffonge, 4 – Callum Gribbin, 3 – Nishan Burkart, Tahith Chong, 2 – Aiden Barlow, Kanu, 1 – Jake Barrett, Joshua Bohui, Kayne Diedrick-Roberts, Faustin Makela, Lee O’Connor, George Tanner, Tyrell Warren

Manchester City U18 Top Scorers:

N/A

Manchester United U18 Form:- WDWWW

Derby County 4-0 W, Liverpool 3-3 D, Newcastle United 4-0 W, Blackburn Rovers 4-1 W, Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 W

Manchester City U18 Form:- WDWWW

West Bromwich Albion 2-0 W, Everton 4-4 D, Wolverhampton Wanderers 6-1 W, Middlesbrough 4-0 W, Newcastle United 2-1

Predicted Starting XI:

Predicted Score:

Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City

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