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Ratings: Warren shows defensive abilities as Manchester United’s Reserves lose 3-0

On Friday night, three early goals in quick succession inspired a 3-0 victory for Tottenham’s reserves against Manchester United. The Red Devils struggled with Spurs’ pressing game and midfield numbers, failing to maintain possession of the ball and create chances in the first half. Slight defensive errors from Ethan Hamilton were enough to concede two goals before their captain, Alex Pritchard, sealed the deal in the 25th minute after getting in behind Luke Shaw.

United’s struggles could largely be attributed to the lack of key players in the side that represented Ricky Sbragia, as Matty Willock, Joe Riley, and Ro-Shaun Williams joined the lengthy list of players in this age group who were also unavailable for selection due to being injured, loaned out, or promoted to the first team.

The result was a side that lacks experience at this level, as well as midfield domination and balance, that allowed Tottenham to win the match by the end of the first half. Improvements after the interval weren’t enough to reverse the tides of a match that had Spurs written on it from the start. However, given the circumstances, one can only look at the positives from such a poor result.

Manchester United: Richardson; Olosunde, Warren, Tuanzebe, Shaw; Hamilton, McTominay; Bohui, Boonen, Mitchell; Wilson (Buffonge 78′)

Substitutes Not Used: Sang, M. Johnstone, Whelan, Scott

Manchester United

Theo Richardson

Despite conceding three goals, there was nothing wrong with Richardson’s performance, as he was let down by his team in the first half.

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Matthew Olosunde

Unlucky to hit the post at the end. He struggled in the first half but improved vastly in the second, and to be fair, he wasn’t involved in any of Spurs’ goals.

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Tyrell Warren

Didn’t make a mistake defensively. There are questions around his distribution of the ball, but his work from a defensive perspective was excellent.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Struggled to pick out passes at times during the first half, but recovered well enough in the second.

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23 Luke Shaw

Lacking match sharpness, but he improved in the second half after uncharacteristically allowing Pritchard to get behind him.

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Ethan Hamilton

Two tiny errors led to two unlucky goals, but considering he isn't familiar with this level, the match could have gone a lot worse.

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39 Scott McTominay

Struggled in possession early in the match but grew into the game, much like Tuanzebe.

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Joshua Bohui

Played from the right instead of centrally and struggled; he seems more adept at playing in central areas of the final third and should be playing closer to a focal point striker.

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Indy Boonen

Impressive again, because he did a lot to create chances with very little service. Boonen looks a tidy player and the best seems yet to come.

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35 Demetri Mitchell

Showcased his passing ability at times as he picked up the ball and hit diagonal passes that one wouldn’t expect from a left-back playing left-wing. Mitchell seems to be a lot more than meets the eye.

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James Wilson

Coming back from a long-term injury, Wilson had no service but still managed to be productive when given the ball. Replaced by Buffonge.

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Substitutes

DJ Buffonge

Replaced Wilson. Showed intent and skills but didn’t have enough time to influence the proceedings.

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Written by Aaron Moniz

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