In a typically tough fixture at this level against Leicester, the young Reds managed to come out on top at Leigh Sports Village in their opening Premier League 2 match. An experienced Leicester side featuring Gokhan Inler and Liam Moore as well as former United academy players Matty James and Tom Lawrence proved to be a stern test and for most of the match they were on top, ultimately more than doubling United’s number of shots. The first half was a tame affair with Leicester looking the more likely, a powerful shot from Cameron Borthwick-Jackson straight at the keeper being the only highlight from a Manchester United perspective, but the second half was much more spiky and the game opened up, allowing more chances for both sides and keeping Sam Johnstone very active in what was a man of the match performance from him. Marcus Rashford watched on from the stands and no doubt would’ve been on his feet as his former team-mate Demetri Mitchell won the game for United with a well-executed lob after some route one work from Johnstone.
Goals: Demetri Mitchell 87′
Assists: Sam Johnstone 87′
Manchester United: Johnstone; Riley, Poole, Tuanzebe, Borthwick-Jackson; Redmond, Willock; Olosunde (Mitchell 69′), Harrop, Kehinde; Weir
Substitutes Not Used: Henderson; Whelan, Scott, Tanner