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REPORT: Altrincham 0-5 Manchester United XI

Manchester United U21’s played their third match of pre-season on Wednesday, just 24 hours after drawing 0-0 with Southport at the Merseyrail Community Stadium. United were back in a familiar stadium, this time playing at Moss Lane, their former home stadium before moving to the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. United had not scored a goal in their previous two matches, having lost their first against Bray Wanderers at the weekend. Before the match started, Nicky Butt celebrated with the newly promoted Conference Premier side to open their new away dressing room by cutting the ribbon.

Both side took a while to get started, but the attempts on goal started to appear at either end. Saidy Janko had the first, but fired wide of the target. Altrincham had they supporters on their feet after James Lawrie’s long-range effort which skimmed the crossbar of Joel Castro Pereira. United, who had not scored a goal in their past two matches broke their duck on the 28th minute with none other than James Wilson finding the back of the net after an Andreas Pereira cross. United were starting to show just how good they were  and four minutes before the end of the first half midfielder Davide Petrucci doubled his sides lead with a thunderbolt of his own.

United made two changes at the start of the second half with Joe Rothwell and Angelo Henriquez replacing Saidy Janko and James Wilson. Petrucci scored his second and United’s third goal of the evening just 16 minutes into the second half with a cheeky chip over David Parton after the ball was lost by the keeper. Sean Goss replaced the Italian midfielder just after he scored, with Matty Willock replacing Josh Harrop minutes later. Goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara replaced Joel Castro Pereira with 20 minutes remaining, just two minutes before Paddy McNair scored United’s fourth with a close-range header which was assisted by Andreas Pereira.

United made two more substitutions with Callum Evans replacing the injured Angelo Henriquez, who was introduced at the start of the second half, and Ashley Fletcher replaced Andreas Pereira. Evans finished the scoring with six minutes remaining, nodding in from close-range, meaning United had completed their rout over Altrincham. The next scheduled match for the U21 side is against Barnsley at Oakwell on Tuesday 29th July 2014, KO 19:00 BST.

Manchester United: J.Pereira (O’Hara 70′); Vermijl, Thorpe, McNair (McConnell 73′), Varela; Janko (Rothwell 46′), Harrop (Willock 66′), Petrucci (Goss 61′), A.Pereira (A.Fletcher 74′), Lawrence; Wilson (Henriquez 46′ (C.Evans 73′))

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