Ratings: Angel Gomes the Man of the Match in 4-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers


Manchester United beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1 at the Lancashire club’s Brockhall Training Centre on Saturday afternoon. Angel Gomes scored United first goal of the match from a free-kick – beating the keeper and putting United in charge of the fixture on his return from winning the FIFA U17 World Cup with England last month.

Just after the break, United scored their second goal, which came off Hayden Carter, beating the keeper and putting United 2-0 up and cruising to victory. United did have chances to score more goals in both halves of the match, luck getting in the way of United scoring more goals. Gomes could have had a few himself, some of which came from corners.

Kieran McKenna made a double change in the 70th minute with Tahith Chong returning from injury and Arnau Puigmal replacing Millen Baars and Dylan Levitt. United scored a third goal through Gomes, who was showing his class at this level. Gomes was then replaced by Largie Ramazani.

A fourth goal was scored, this time through D-Mani Bughail-Mellor, celebrating his goal with Blackburn looking dejected. United are now in charge of the U18 Premier League, with Manchester City having all to do in order to challenge United at this level. Blackburn scored a somsolation six minutes from time which was disappointing for United, who wanted the clean sheet.

Goals: Angel Gomes 36′, 75′, Hayden Carter OG 53′, D’Mani Bughail-Mellor 79′

Manchester United: Richardson; Tanner, Barrett, O’Connor, Laird; Levitt (Chong 70′), Garner, Galbraith; Baars (Puigmal 70′), Mellor, Gomes (Ramazani 75′)

Substitutes Not Used: Bernard, Carney

Manchester United

Theo Richardson

Richardson did what he needed to do for United. Made some important saves, keeping his clean sheet in tact and also putting in the effort when needed to clear his line and keep Blackburn at bay. Conceded a goal late in the match which will be disappointing for him.


George Tanner

Did what was expected of him during the match, switched with Laird during the first half and kept doing what was needed - kept Blackburn at bay.


Jake Barrett

Defensively Barrett did what he needed to do but will be annoyed at not getting the clean sheet, which was deserved today.


Lee O’Connor

Seemed to do what was needed against Blackburn. Back to scoring goals galore in matches again. The lack of a clean sheet will be a disappointment for him.


Ethan Laird

Switched with Tanner during the first half but did what was needed against Blackburn. Will be unhappy United conceded a late consolation goal from Blackburn.


Dylan Levitt

Did what he needed to do in midfield, helping his side cruise to victory. Had a busy international break also. Was replaced by Tahith Chong in the 70th minute of the match.


James Garner

Got the shot which turned into United's second goal, but his effort was going wide before the deflection. Not sure he will be able to claim the goal. Played well in midfield and did what was needed to keep his side on the top.


54 Ethan Galbraith

A good performance from Galbraith - did what was needed against Blackburn and each player had a share of the result today.


Millen Baars

One of the players who was on top of their game today. Blackburn will have been relieved to see him come off with twenty minutes left to play, but got Puigmal and Chong, who will keep them wishing the game was over.


49 D’Mani Bughail-Mellor

Got his goal at the end of the match putting United 4-0 up.


28 Angel Gomes

Man of the Match for me. The importance of Gomes in this side shows how much of a talent he really is. United need to do whatever it takes to get him to sign his first professional contract. Scored a brace today - but it could have been more for the English youngster.



Tahith Chong

Replaced Levitt. Great to see him come back from his injury. Time will bring him back to his best.


47 Arnau Puigmal

Replaced Baars. Did well from the introduction. Was tricky for Blackburn to deal with.


59 Largie Ramazani

Replaced Gomes. Did not have a lot of time to get into the game but helped his side see the game out.


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