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U18 REPORT: Manchester United 1-0 Spurs

Manchester United U18’s ended their run of five matches without a win with a 1-0 victory over North London club Tottenham Hotspur at the AON Training Complex on Saturday afternoon. Paul McGuinness made seven changes to the team that lost to Reading last weekend, which gave his side some rejuvenation, which helped earn all three points for the young Red Devils. Spurs lead the Southern Division by six points, so are not in threat of being toppled this weekend at least.

Spurs were the better side earlier in the match, but United gradually got themselves into the match and Demetri Mitchell forced the visitors goalkeeper to make a save with his foot deep into injury time, which was United’s best chance inside the first half. United carried on pushing for a goal in the second half, with that coming inside the 58th minute. Mitchell and Joe Riley combined to launch the attack, with the latter crossing to Ashley Fletcher who found the back of the net, which was his 12th goal of the season for the U18 side, despite a longish lay off through injury.

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Mitchell had another chance cleared off the line by the North London club, which was unlucky for the United youngster. Joel Castro Pereira, United’s goalkeeper also made a brilliant fingertip save to thwart Spurs from finding the equaliser with five minutes remaining on the clock. This was only the second time the young Red Devils had kept a clean sheet this season, but the most important thing was United took all three points which will help better their league position this season.

United face Sunderland at the Academy of Light on Wednesday 16th April 2014 at 14:00 BST, which is another must win match if Paul McGuinness’ side want to finishing higher up in the league table this season.

Manchester United: 1. Pereira; 2. Riley, 4. McConnell, 5. Ioannou, 3. Barber; 6. Goss, 8. Willock; 7. Mitchell (15. Rashford 87′), 10. Croskery (14. Evans 64′), 11. Thompson (12. Borthwick-Jackson 87′); 9. Fletcher

Substitutes Not Used: 13. Henderson, 16. Kehinde

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By Paul Bienkowski

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