Manchester United were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea in Aldershot on Friday evening in the final game of 2016 in the Premier League 2. United took the lead through Axel Tuanzebe in the twentieth minute of the match with a header from a corner, and United did have a few chances either side of the goal. Chelsea got back into the game in the first half, taking the lead for the first time just after the break. A third goal would come in the 90th minute of the match, with Chelsea convincingly beating United, putting their season on a rocky road once again. United have some good players at this level, but with Ashley Fletcher leaving the club, Andreas Pereira, and Adnan Januzaj away on loan, a lot of talent has been removed from the side.
If you also think about the fact that Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Marcus Rashford were also meant to be part of this team, you see that the U23’s have been left with some good players, but no end product. A striker is one of the main things missing. James Wilson was sent out on loan this season, returning injured and will miss the remainder of the season. Will Keane was sold, having his season ended by injury at Hull, so options really were limited this season. The U18’s are playing well, but breaking them up at this stage could be disastrous for their development, which leaves one option for United, using the January transfer window to fill the holes in the side this season.
Goals: Axel Tuanzebe 20′
Manchester United: O’Hara; Olosunde, Tuanzebe, Poole, Scott (Barlow 90′); Goss, Redmond; Mitchell, Willock (Kehinde 69′), Harrop; McTominay (Doughty 81′)
Substitutes Not Used: M. Johnstone, Boone