In the club’s first foray into the Premier League International Cup, Manchester United’s U23’s faced off against reigning champions Villarreal at what can now be called the youth side’s home ground of Leigh Sports Village. It was an impressive start to the tournament for the young reds against a far more experienced side as they won 1-0 thanks to a Josh Harrop goal, in which they then controlled the game expertly. Regan Poole, Ethan Hamilton and Charlie Scott had impressive performances whilst Axel Tuanzebe and Joe Riley continue to look above their current level. On the whole, though the side can be proud of the way in which they went about a match that was delayed by an hour due to weather and floodlight issues. Warren Joyce will be pleased his team could get the result they wanted, winning their first Premier League International Cup fixture against the current holders. United next face Sparta Prague in December.
Goals: Josh Harrop 34′
Assists: Ethan Hamilton 34
Manchester United: Johnstone; El Fitouri, Tuanzebe, Poole, Riley; Scott, McTominay; Redmond(Olosunde 46′), Willock, Harrop (Kehinde 80′), Hamilton (Mitchell 90+3′)
Substitutes Not Used: Henderson, Doughty, O’Connor
Here are the player ratings from the 1-0 victory over Villarreal in the Premier League International Cup: