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Ratings: Axel Tuanzebe was Manchester United’s only bright star in 2-0 defeat to Everton

Manchester United U23’s were beaten 2-0 by a resurgent Everton side on Monday evening in Southport. United, against playing without a main striker started a strong side, but a side who were not near clinical enough to get anything from the match. Regan Poole made a defensive error after receiving a back pass and not being able to clear it before Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring for the home side. United, did everything they could to try and get back into the match, but it was going to be one of those frustrating evenings for Warren Joyce and his squad. In the second half of the match, Oumar Naisse scored a header, without much effort, from a set-piece doubling Everton’s lead. United did have some chances, but they were no way near clinical enough to take something from the match. In the final few minutes, Tosin Kehinde created something bright for United, which did not come to fruition. United will face Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village in three weeks time, which Warren Joyce will spend much of his time preparing his side in order to gain something from that match, and extend their home unbeaten run at this level.

Manchester United: Johnstone; Williams (Olosunde 64′), Tuanzebe, Poole, Riley; Redmond, Scott (Mitchell 61′); El Fitouri, Harrop, Hamilton (Kehinde 73′); Willock

Substitutes Not Used: Moutha-Sebtaoui, O’Connor

Bookings: Sadiq El Fitouri, Josh Harrop

Manchester United

32 Sam Johnstone

Despite conceding twice with two goals he could not really do much against, Johnstone had a good game, commanded his area well and really looked to want to get United back into the match.

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Ro-Shaun Williams

Did not have the best of matches in a United shirt, but has only recently come back from injury. May need a few matches to get back into the swing of things.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

The captain put in his usual defensive display, looking good on the ball. He marked Oumar Naisse well, getting the better of the 26-year-old on a few occasions. Seemed to be the only player, other than Johnstone, who was trying. Saved United a few times with his determination to win the ball.

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Regan Poole

Made a mistake which led to Everton's opening goal after a backpass, which was not properly dealt with. I am sure he will be unhappy with that. Seemed resurgent during the rest of the match, trying to right his wrong, but it just was not working for him or United.

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Joe Riley

Got forward for much of the game, also did what he needed to do defensively, despite United conceding twice.

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Devonte Redmond

Played well at times, but along with Scott, could have done a bit more in the midfield in order to counter the Everton attackers, who seem to have got one over United this evening. Perhaps a bad day at the office for Redmond and the rest of the United squad?

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Charlie Scott

Did well in midfield, but could have done more at times to help his team deal with the onslaught from the Everton attack, who were much better than United despite being gifted the first goal, then scoring the second from a set-piece.

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Sadiq El-Fitouri

Still does not seem to be that player United need in the squad. I don't see much development from him, he was booked in the first half and just looked to be of lower quality than his teammates.

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46 Josh Harrop

Had a good game in that he was a positive player in trying to get United back into the match from 1-0 down, and still determined after the second goal was scored. It was not United's night, but some of his teammates should be help accountable for their actions.

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Ethan Hamilton

Did well at times, one of United's bright attacking players, despite not having a main striker. Did all he could to help his side get back into the match. Was replaced by Kehinde.

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42 Matty Willock

Starting as the main attacking player, but it was not something that would work against this resurgent Everton side who had conceded only two goals in seven matches before this evening. United need some attacjing imspiration to break down teams like this, for that reason it was never going to be something United got the better of tonight.

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Substitutes

35 Demetri Mitchell

Replaced Scott. From his introduction, Mitchell looked bright, especially on the ball. Tried to get United back into the game, but it just was not his or United's night. Sloppy with the ball at times.

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Matthew Olosunde

Replaced Williams. Spent the last day or so ill, which may not have seen him in the right frame to play this evening, did well during his time on the pitch, but United did not benefit from anything they tried to throw in Everton's direction.

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Tosin Kehinde

Replaced Hamilton. Played well form his introduction 17 minutes from the end of the match. Could have created something for United in the final minutes with Everton's sound defence thwarting United's chance.

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