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Ratings: Mason Greenwood and D’Mani Mellor score in Wolves defeat

Manchester United were beaten 3-2 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League Cup U18 on Saturday afternoon. Austin Samuels scored in the 23rd and 28th minute to break United hearts with Joe Whittingham scoring 90 seconds into the second half. D’Mani Mellor scored a consolation for United with Mason Greenwood getting another two minutes from time, not enough for United.

At this level, there were so many players missing this match because of the UEFA Youth League, so a lot of the quality had been removed from the squad. The noticeable absences of Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, Aiden Barlow, Lee O’Connor, Jake Barrett, Ethan Laird and Alex Fojticek all showed the quality United have at this level.

The performances of D’Mani Mellor, who scored United first goal and Mason Greenwood, the scorer of the second showed that United have some talented players coming through who may not be regular starters at this level. Kieran McKenna has a good side and the importance of making into the knockout stages of the UEFA Youth League must mean more to United than this competition.

Goals: D’Mani Mellor 72′, Mason Greenwood 88′

Manchester United: Richardson; Tanner, Mengi, Bernard, Williams; Garner, Traore (Baars 53′); Ramazani (Mellor 53′), Greenwood, Levitt; Burkart (Puigmal 71′)

Substitutes Not Used: Carney, Galbraith

Manchester United

Theo Richardson

Conceded three goals and seemed to be lacking confidence. It was a youthful side with many rested ahead of the UEFA Youth League clash with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

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George Tanner

Provided the width in defence and attack at times. Could not stop his side from conceding three goals.

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43 Teden Mengi

Not the best start at this level for Mengi. Seemed out of sorts and lacking experience, seeing his side conceded twice in the first half and just after the restart.

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58 Di’Shon Bernard

Lacked experience and just did not command the defence like he should have. United conceded three goals in the match, needing a miracle to win the game.

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33 Brandon Williams

Lively on the left flank, tried to take his opposition on when breaking forward. Too much for United after they conceded the third at the start of the second half.

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James Garner

Booked in the second half. The captain was not really leading his side. This team lacked ambition and the ability to control the game. A long way to go for some of the players today.

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Aliou Traore

Not the best performance on his debut for Manchester United. Just did not get into the game at all. Early days though. Replaced by Baars in the 53rd minute.

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59 Largie Ramazani

Ramazani made his first start at U18 level against Wolves but did not really get into the game after United fell 3-0 down by the time he was replaced in the 53rd minute by D'Mani Mellor. Did look the brightest player early in the match.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Looked lively at times. Seemed unable to turn on the magic we know he is capable of. Scored United's second goal in the 88th minute. Watch out for his name rising through the ranks.

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Dylan Levitt

Bright at times. Tried to inspire his side, but there was too many passengers in this match. Will be annoyed to see his side exit the competition.

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Nishan Burkart

Played 71 minutes and tried to influence the game with too many mistakes being made at the back and in midfield. Replaced by Puigmal.

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Substitutes

49 D’Mani Bughail-Mellor

Replaced Ramazani 53'. Scored a consolation goal. Dug deep from his introduction in the match.

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Millen Baars

Replaced Traore 53'. Should have maybe started this match. Played well but is was too late for United when he came on.

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47 Arnau Puigmal

Replaced Bukart 71'. Registered a great chance almost as soon as he came on.

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