Demetri Mitchell continued his impressive start to the season as his hat trick gave United a 3-2 away win against Newcastle United in rainy conditions. Similarly to last week United were suffering from a lot of injuries and again started the game with three U16’s in the line up with Williams and Dearnley retaining their places and Warren coming into the team. The injuries also meant that Mitchell continued in a relatively unfamiliar role as the main striker with both Rashford and Croskery both still out.
It was all United early on and it was no surprise when Mitchell gave the reds the lead after 10 minutes from Dearnley’s cross as he continued his goal scoring exploits after being the teams top scorer in the Milk Cup. Newcastle were unlucky not to be level as they hit the bar with a header a few minutes later. United continued to push forward after the goal and it was no surprise that it was the confident Mitchell who stepped up after United were awarded a penalty in the 30th minute following a foul on Rathbone which Mitchell duly converted to make the scoreline 2-0. Newcastle were continuing to grow into the game as they got to grips with United’s movement and they caught United out in first half injury time as Longstaff scored to make it 2-1 going in at half time.
United made 1 change at half time with Devonte Redmond returning from recent injury problems to replace Jordan Thompson for the second half. The weather began to deteriorate as the second half began with a torrential downpour affecting playing conditions but Mitchell was not going to be denied his hat trick as he took a pass from Redmond before lobbing the Newcastle keeper to make it 3-1 in the 64th minute.
Newcastle were handed an opportunity to get back into the game after Dorrington brought down a Newcastle player in the box to give away a penalty in the 77th minute however Newcastle couldn’t take advantage as Storey’s penalty came back off the post. Newcatle were handed a glimmer of hope in injury time as Cameron headed in but it was too late to spark a come back as United held out to win 3-2 and gain their first three points of the season with Mitchell the hero.
Manchester United: Dorrington; Riley, Tuanzebe, Williams, Warren (Johnson 79); Rathbone, Borthwick-Jackson, Thompson (Redmond 49), Dearnley; McTominay; Mitchell Substitutes Not Used: Henderson, Makela