Lacking the striking force up front, Reserves simply can’t make the break and win a game away from home. Improvising with a false ‘9’ certainly didn’t work for Nicky Butt. Scott McTominay, the chosen one for the role had a poor game and failed to score in those few chances he could’ve possibly done so. The man who returned from injury just a few weeks ago, pulling some wonderful displays for the U18’s helped the Reserves get a positive result by combing with Harrop in several cases during the game, making the opponent work really hard to take the ball away from him. Another disappointing as result as United were all over the place in the first half and couldn’t get the three points as a messy defence didn’t help Kieran O’Hara in his job.
We all agree that things need to change at the side as they are in serious need of a striker of Marcus Rashford’s caliber. Last year it was Will Keane who did the job at Adams Park scoring a hat trick on his birthday but with Keane now at Hull City and James Wilson injured, someone needs to step up. With both Andreas Pereira and Adnan Januzaj out on loan, the tactic of a false ‘9’ isn’t simply working any longer. It is surely disappointing that you see the Reserves lacking a striking force while tonight it was Adnan Januzaj who scored for the young Black Cats in their fixture against Spurs.
With Joe Riley now injured, United should think of a solution for a sloppy defence that is only based on Tuanzebe’s performances. Sadiq El Fitouri is yet to find his best form while Poole and Williams doesn’t seem good enough.
Goals: Josh Harrop 28′ penalty, 29′
Manchester United: O’Hara; Williams, Tuanzebe, Poole (Olosunde 85′), Riley (El-Fitouri 21′); Willock Redmond, Goss; Harrop, McTominay, Gribbin (Mitchell 84′)
Substitutes Not Used: Moutha-Sebtaoui, Kehinde