Ratings: Harrop, Tuanzebe and O’Hara the ones to shine for Manchester United

Manchester United were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea in Aldershot on Friday evening in the final game of 2016 in the Premier League 2. United took the lead through Axel Tuanzebe in the twentieth minute of the match with a header from a corner, and United did have a few chances either side of the goal. Chelsea got back into the game in the first half, taking the lead for the first time just after the break. A third goal would come in the 90th minute of the match, with Chelsea convincingly beating United, putting their season on a rocky road once again. United have some good players at this level, but with Ashley Fletcher leaving the club, Andreas Pereira, and Adnan Januzaj away on loan, a lot of talent has been removed from the side.

If you also think about the fact that Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Marcus Rashford were also meant to be part of this team, you see that the U23’s have been left with some good players, but no end product. A striker is one of the main things missing. James Wilson was sent out on loan this season, returning injured and will miss the remainder of the season. Will Keane was sold, having his season ended by injury at Hull, so options really were limited this season. The U18’s are playing well, but breaking them up at this stage could be disastrous for their development, which leaves one option for United, using the January transfer window to fill the holes in the side this season.

Goals: Axel Tuanzebe 20′

Manchester United: O’Hara; Olosunde, Tuanzebe, Poole, Scott (Barlow 90′); Goss, Redmond; Mitchell, Willock (Kehinde 69′), Harrop; McTominay (Doughty 81′)

Substitutes Not Used: M. Johnstone, Boone

Manchester United

Kieran O’Hara

Conceded a goal in the 30th minute, but did well both before and after the Chelsea goal. Saved a penalty in the 36th minute of the match, not the greatest penalty, but that does not matter. Unlucky to concede again early in the second half.


Matthew Olosunde

Started well United playing three at the back. Got clattered in the middle of the first half, but was fine. Seemed good on the ball and reading the game.


38 Axel Tuanzebe

Scored the opening goal for United on the 20th minute with a great header from the corner. Defended well for United, but failed to stop Chelsea from equalising, thinking he had done enough to prevent the goal, which was then scored.


Regan Poole

Did what was needed in defence, protecting the back line. Was unfortunate to be on the losing side, despite looking the part at times. Chelsea just had a little more to throw at United.


Charlie Scott

Had a good game, despite the result. Played his part at times, something the player will learn from.


Ratings: Harrop, Tuanzebe and O’Hara the ones to shine for Manchester United

Got himself booked in the second half, but other that that had a good game. Good on the ball, getting to grips with the game again after his lengthly injury lay off.


Devonte Redmond

Had a good game in spells. United were just unable to deal with what Chelsea threw at them. Unlucky at times, but should be a good learning curve for the team.


35 Demetri Mitchell

did well on the ball, tried to create for United and get forward throughout the match. Unlucky as should have been awarded a penalty, which it the story of the game for United tonight.


Matty Willock

Gave away a penalty on the 36th minute of the match, luckily it was saved.


Ratings: Harrop, Tuanzebe and O’Hara the ones to shine for Manchester United

Brilliant player. Great on the ball, getting into the right zones. Will be unhappy with the result, but it is not his fault his team is short of options.


39 Scott McTominay

Had a good game. Looked to have been injured early in the match, but he came back on after treatment. Unable to help United get back in front after going behind. Replaced by Doughty.



Tosin Kehinde

Replaced Willock. Did not really make an impact in the match.


Josh Doughty

Replaced McTominay. Made his second appearance at this level. Not a good time for him to come on with Chelsea looking rampant.


Aidan Barlow

Replaced Scott. The score was 2-1 when he was waiting to come on, Chelsea made it 3-1 just before he entered the pitch. Not enough time to get involved in the match.


Report: Manchester United dominated by Chelsea in 3-1 defeat

Manchester United were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea in Aldershot in the Premier League 2 on Friday night. United took the lead through Axel Tuanzebe in the twentieth minute of the match from a corner, but Chelsea soon levelled the score in the first half. The home side then took the lead for the first time in the match six minutes into the second half, giving themselves a two-goal cushion in the final minutes of the match.

Nicky Butt made a few changes to his side to face Chelsea with Joe Riley on the sidelines after suffering an injury against Reading last week. Matthew Olosunde started at right-back after RoShaun Williams was involved with the U18 last weekend and will probably feature for the side in the FA Youth Cup on Monday evening. Charlie Scott replaced Riley at left-back. United still lacking an out-and-out striker, something which needs to be added during the next transfer window, will see United take their chances a little better, having a predator type player to get in behind the defence and help United score the goals they are missing this season.

United started the match brightly, albeit gifting Chelsea a corner, which amounted to nothing. United earned themselves a corner minutes later but failed to capitalise from it. United could have won a penalty after Josh Harrop seemed to have been fouled in the box. The referee did not give anything and after the replay, the Chelsea player won the ball. It pays to be able to watch things again, I guess. United may be out of sorts, but they were trying to capitalise early in the match on the attack, not getting anything so far. Scott McTominay was in the Chelsea half with the ball and suffered a challenge, which left him on the ground.

McTominay needed some treatment on the pitch, did not look too comfortable, but was able to continue after a few moments on the sidelines. The referee gave nothing for the challenge, which is poor refereeing as it was a foul. United took the lead in the 20th minute of the match through Axel Tuanzebe, scoring his first reserve goal. United could have earlier taken the lead but failed to capitalise from the shot. United will need to build on this lead in order to get back to winning ways, as Chelsea will start trying to get back into the game at some point. Five minutes later, Chelsea had a chance on goal through Tomori, which thundered the post and was then cleared by United.

Moments later, Chelsea were back on the attack with Olosunde blocking the chance. Quintero was booked for the challenge on Olosunde after he was clattered by the player in the chance which could have seen Chelsea go level in the match. On the half hour, Chelsea levelled the match with Tuanzebe looking like he had done enough to cut out the angle for the shot to go into the back of the net, but it was scored. United were back to square one and looking to get back into the lead. United gave away a penalty in the 36th minute of the match after Matty Willock took out Mason Mount in the box. Kieran O’Hara saved the resulting penalty to keep the score 1-1.

United looked to find something in the dying minutes of the half, with Chelsea doing the same thing. The game was end to end with Chelsea sometimes getting the better of United. Chelsea had another chance to take the lead, but the shot was dragged wide of the near post – luckily for United. Chelsea got through again, trying to pass the ball to another advancing player, but United managed to clear the danger. Three minutes of time added on at the end of the first half, United trying to shield themselves from Chelsea’s ability to work on the ball and create chances. The first half ended with the score still level at 1-1, which was good for United.

United started the second half well, but inside six minutes of the second half, Chelsea took the lead for the first time in the match. United now needed to work hard and find something from this match, but will Chelsea in a period of control and domination, they will be something United will find very hard to do. Despite trailing in the game, United have had some good spells on the ball, trying to get back into the match. United made their first change in the 69th minute of the match with Tosin Kehinde replacing Matty Willock. Sean Goss was booked moments later for a tug on the shirt of a Chelsea player, with a free-kick being awarded to the home side just off the edge of the box, which amounted to nothing.

In the 81st minute Josh Doughty made his first appearance at U23 level of the season, after making his first against Blackpool last season. Scott McTominay was the player coming off for United. United, still behind were doing all they could to get back into the match. Chelsea were still on the front foot, dominating the match. United had a few chances to try and get something from the match, but it just was not happening, despite being able to carve the chances out of the game. Chelsea added to their lead, scoring a third just before Aiden Barlow replaced Charlie Scott. United end 2016 in the league with a defeat but will be looking to change that in 2017.

Goals: Axel Tuanzebe 20′

Manchester United: O’Hara; Olosunde, Tuanzebe, Poole, Scott (Barlow 90′); Goss, Redmond; Mitchell, Willock (Kehinde 69′), Harrop; McTominay (Doughty 81′)

Substitutes Not Used: M. Johnstone, Boonen

CONFIRMED: Goss, Tuanzebe, Poole and McTominay start against Chelsea

Manchester United face Chelsea at Aldershot Town in the Premier League 2 this evening, the last league match of 2016. United are looking for some inspiration after stuttering in recent weeks. A draw with Reading in their last match turned the results around slightly from a 2-0 defeat to Sunderland the week before. United missing an out-and-out striker in the team is a big problem, something which needs to be looked into as soon as the January transfer window opens as that will help the side change their fortunes. There is some talent in the U18’s this season, but breaking them up when they are playing so well as a team currently will cause more damage than good for United. United may be down, but they are not out this season. The chances of them retaining their title, which they have kept for the past two seasons is very slim, but I doubt the players will stop trying. The U18’s gelling as a team is good news as in a few years, they will be in this age group, possibly ripping the league apart. Here are the starting XI and list of substitutes for both teams this evening.

Manchester United:


Olosunde, Tuanzebe, Poole, Scott;

Goss, Redmond;

Mitchell, Willock, Harrop;



Doughty, M. Johnstone, Kehinde, Barlow, Boonen



Dabo, Chalobah, Tomori;

Sterling, Quintero, Van Ginkel, Scott, Da Silva;

Mount, Igbo


Muheim, Thompson, Sammut, Maddox, Colley

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