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REPORT: Liverpool 4-0 Manchester United – Barclays U18 Premier League

An inexperienced Manchester United U18 team featuring three U16’s were made to pay for defensive errors as they went down 4-0 against a dominant Liverpool team at Melwood Training Complex this morning.

Liverpool started the brighter team with Henderson pushing away a low effort from Kent after two minutes while Wales international Harry Wilson looked lively down the right-wing early on with 15-year-old Roshaun Williams making a couple of important interventions early on before his poorly attempted clearance fell for Wilson to stab home left footed to give Liverpool the lead in the 15th minute.

United should have equalized almost instantly as McTominay pressured the Liverpool defence into a mistake before finding Mitchell who’s low left footed strike looked to have come back off the foot of the post but actually hit the outside of the post and should have been a goal kick. United were instantly made to pay for not taking their chance as Liverpool went down the other end and Canos’ cross from the left-wing found Sinclair in space in the six yard box and he headed home to make the score 2-0 after 17 minutes.

It was all Liverpool at this stage as United struggled to make anything happen and couldn’t get close to Wilson who cut in from the right and rolled a ball into the path of Marsh who finished left footed into the top corner to make it 3-0 in the 26th minute as United’s defence was again nowhere to be seen. Shortly after the goal United switched the full backs Riley and Warren as they looked to get to grips with Wilson, the switch worked to a degree as United began to see a bit more of the ball without ever looking threatening.

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United made two changes at half time as they looked to get back into the game with Reid and Rashford replacing Warren and Rathbone. An injury in the opening minutes of the second half to Wilson meant Callum Nicholas came on to play against some of his former U16 team-mates as he left United to join Liverpool during the summer. United had their first shot of the second half as Dearnley found some space down the right in the 53rd minute but his low strike was comfortably dealt with by the Liverpool keeper.

United’s second half display was a lot better than the first as they restricted Liverpool to half chances but struggled to put together anything meaningful despite the best efforts of Riley and Dearnley although they should have had one back in the 75th minute as Rashford broke clear but was stopped when one-on-one with the keeper and Borthwick Jackson’s follow-up flew wide. Again Liverpool punished United for not taking their chances as two minutes later Liverpool got clear down the middle and Canos drew the keeper out before rolling the ball to Kent who tapped into an empty net to make it 4-0.

Mitchell continued to look dangerous with a couple of runs and shots but there was to be no consolation for United as Liverpool got the win which they deserved.

Manchester United: Henderson; Riley, Tuanzebe, Williams, Warren (Reid); Redmond, Borthwick-Jackson, Rathbone (Rashford), McTominay, Dearnley; Mitchell Substitutes Not Used: Dorrington, Johnson

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