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Ratings: Manchester City 2-0 Manchester United – Premier League U18 2016/17

Manchester United were beaten by Manchester City in the Premier League U18 at the Academy Stadium in Manchester on Saturday afternoon. United played well at times, but it was City that did all the damage through Luke Bolton and Phil Foden. Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui, United’s goalkeeper did not have a great afternoon playing for his club, giving away an indirect free-kick after picking the ball up from a back pass, then seeing red after a challenge, then his reaction to the onslaught of City players calling for him to be sent off, which saw him sent back to the changing room early. Max Johnstone, the brother of Sam Johnstone came on for DJ Buffonge after the red, with United chasing the game at 1-0 down at the time. Johnstone conceded a quick goal which saw City double their lead and cruise to victory with United chasing the game and getting nothing from it. City seemed to get the better response from the referee after putting in many challenges, many against Tahith Chong and seldom getting pulled up for it. it was a poor game, based on the last three, but United will take something from the match which will be a lesson for each player on the pitch. City were not as clinical as they maybe should have been, but still took all three points, which they deserved. United face Stoke City at the AON Training Complex in a week’s time, with Kieran McKenna’s squad looking to get back to winning ways once again and get their season back on track after their third defeat in six matches.

Manchester United

Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui

Not a great day for the Belgian goalkeeper. Picked the ball up from a back pass, resulting in an indirect free-kick, then saw red for a challenge and it's aftermath with 17 minutes remaining. Conceded a goal in the first half too.

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George Tanner

Got forward at times, but defending was an issue, especially in the first half. Broke forward into City's area but could not get anything from that attack. Defence as a whole was much better in the second half.

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Lee O’Connor

Brilliant defending from O'Connor, especially in the second half. United seemed to not tuen up defensively in the first have with the Ireland youth international stepping up his game considerably, which still did not solve the problems in the second half.

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Ro-Shaun Williams

Back from injury and seemingly rusty and may need some time to settle back into the team. Poor defending at times and seemed to get better as the game went on. Avoided a booking for his reaction after a challenge in the second half.

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Jake Kenyon

Did what he could against a strong city side and United were perhaps fortunate not to concede more than two goals in the defeat.

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Callum Whelan

Did what he could in midfield and tried to get the ball into more advanced positions throughout the match. It didn't work out for United.

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DJ Buffonge

Covered a lot of area during the match. Was the guy taken off after the red card for United to get a keeper on the pitch once again.

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Tahith Chong

Broke forward many times, challenged the City defence and tried to get something back for the visitors in a match which ended with high tensions. Was found many times, many not given against City. Was one of the bright sparks.

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Angel Gomes

The smallest player on the pitch. Was not as lively as he could have been, but this will help in his development. Tried to create something for his side, but it just did not work out for United today.

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Indy Boonen

Normally a livewire on the pitch, but against city it was not so apparent. He was involved in the attacks United put forward, but nothing was happening for the Reds. He was replaced late in the match by Diedrick-Roberts with United looking for a goal, which never came.

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Nishan Burkhart

City's defensive line gave Burkart some problems and he was not able to break and cause damage to his opposition, not for the want of trying. His first Manchester derby was not a good result, but this will be a learning curve as City were the better team and played at a level that United will now need to aim for ahead of the home Manchester derby later in the season.

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Substitutes

Joshua Bohui

Replaced Burkart. The damage seemed to be done before Bohui entered the pitch with seldom chances coming off for the visitors.

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Max Johnstone

Replaced Buffonge. Conceded United second goal almost instantly after replacing Buffonge soon after the red card for Moutha-Sebtaoui.

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Kayne Diedrick-Roberts

Replaced Boonen. Brought on at add some more attacking threat for United. Too little too late.

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