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Ratings: Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea – Premier League 2 2016/17

Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the Premier League 2 at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday afternoon after Kyle Scott took the lead for the visitors at the death of the first half with a decent strike on goal, which beat Sam Johnstone. United goat an equaliser in the final five minutes of the match with Regan Poole putting a cross into the box towards the onrushing James Weir, only for Joseph Colley to put the ball into his own net. United did play a lot better than they did on Monday night away to Southampton, where they were beaten 2-0 with Warren Joyce calling some of his players deluded and questioned their ambition. United have plenty of talent at this level, but not having a true striker in the team could be something that costs them this season. Will Keane could be that player, but that all depends on what happens between now and the closure of the summer transfer window on Wednesday evening. Ethan Hamilton made his debut at U23 level, which could have been a good occasion for him. United had only just equalised, albeit through an own goal, but Hamilton rushed forwards in to the box looking for a second, but his attempt was thwarted. Joyce’s side now have a rest during the international break, with their next match played against Manchester City at the Etihad on Friday 9th September, just a day before both teams meet at first team level in the Premier League.

Goals: Joseph Colley OG 85′

Assists: Regan Poole 85″

Manchester United: Johnstone; El Fitouri, Tuanzebe, Poole, Riley; McTominay (Kehinde 35′); Weir, Redmond, Willock, Harrop (Hamilton 83′); Mitchell (Scott 77′)

Substitutes Not Used: Henderson, Doughty

Bookings: McTominay 22′

Manchester United

32 Sam Johnstone

Beaten at the death of the first half. Did not look comfortable at times. Maybe his mind is not on football at United?

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Sadiq El-Fitouri

Did what was needed of him as a right-back; got forward and dug in at times. Not all that impressive. He has a good story, but not seeing much improvement from him, but time will tell.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Great defending from Tuanzebe. Cleared one off the line, nullified threats at times. Looked at the top of his game at this level.

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Regan Poole

Defensively, apart from conceding, the Welshman did well throughout the match. Chris Coleman will be watching him closely. Got the assist for United's equaliser after sending the ball up to Weir, with Colley finding his own net.

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Joe Riley

Played at left-back and did what he needed to do. Got forward, helped to defend and used his pace and skill to threaten going forward, helping United chase the game.

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Scott McTominay

Played well from the start of the match, did what he needed to do. Was booked for a foul on Solanke, which injured both players. His match ended ten minutes before the end of the first half.

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Ratings: Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea – Premier League 2 2016/17

Will have a point to prove after his teams criticism from the manager. Played well with Harrop and Mitchell at times, and looked to direct his team to find Chelsea's weaknesses. May have scored the equaliser, if Colley did not score it for him, into his own net.

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Devonte Redmond

Did what he needed to do during the match. Got forward, dropped back when he needed to.

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Matty Willock

Played well in his midfield role. Not all that lively, but he did his bit.

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Josh Harrop

Got forward quite a lot, threatened at times. Seemed much brighter in the second half, looking to level the game.

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Demetri Mitchell

Looked lively, had a few chances in the first half. In the second half, broke forward and nearly scored the equaliser. Had to come off as he signalled to the bench that he could not continue.

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Substitutes

Tosin Kehinde

Replaced McTominay. Did what was expected of him. Helped the midfield attack and defend. Played well since he was introduced.

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Charlie Scott

Replaced Mitchell. Played well and did what was needed of him in his little time on the pitch.

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Ethan Hamilton

Replaced Harrop. Made his U23 debut. Rose to the occasion and tried to break through to score United's second goals, but was thwarted. Will give him plenty of confidence.

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