Manchester United midfielder James Weir has urged his fellow U21 team-mates to get over their shock 2-2 draw against Norwich City on Thursday evening. United were 2-0 up in the match but a penalty, a sending off and a late equaliser thwarted United’s attempt to qualify for the semi-finals of the Barclays U21 Premier league with one match remaining. Warren Joyce’s U21 side has bee under constant change this season with many players heading out on loan spell and returning to the club, before heading back out on loan once again. That has forced the coach to blood in players from the U19 squad, which participated in the UEFA Youth League earlier this season.
Weir and United will travel south on Thursday where they will face Reading in the final match of the regular season, which will be played at the Madejski Stadium. A win for United will see them through to the semi-finals of the competition, where they will be able to defend their trophy in the final stages of the season. Speaking to MUTV about Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Norwich City, Weir said:
“It’s really tough to take. We were 2-0 up with 15 minutes left – we should see out the game. We got unlucky with the penalty and then another deflected goal. We just need to keep our heads up and go on and beat Reading now.
“They sat back quite a lot for the whole game. When Willo went off, I didn’t think we’d be able to get a goal after that. Luckily, I got a tap-in and then another goal and we opened up the game a bit. Maybe we opened up a little too much as it’s finished 2-2.
“One of them was probably the easiest goal in football. I think Louis Rowley’s got the flick-on and I wasn’t sure if it was going in anyway so I made sure I got it across the line. The other one, I think it was Guillermo Varela who did really well on the right side and cut it back. I got in there and finished it at the near post.
“I scored here at Old Trafford against Burnley in the Youth Cup last season but it’s a great privilege and hopefully I’ll get many more.
“We need to get our heads right, recover and make sure our legs are right for next week.”
United are currently two points behind Fulham, who have played all of their matches. United hold the fourth position at the moment, but both Manchester City and Leicester City can push United further down the table, but Leicester’s final match is against Manchester City next Wednesday. City face a trip to Reading themselves on Saturday, and they are expected to win having never lost to the southern side in this competition.
By Paul Bienkowski
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