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.


Report: Angel Gomes inspires Manchester United to victory over Blackburn Rovers

Manchester United beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1 at the Brockhall Training Centre on Saturday afternoon. Angel Gomes scored a brace, one in each half before coming off. An own goal was scored, which was attempted by James Garner, deflected in by a Blackburn player. D-Mani Bughail-Mellor scored United fourth goal in the 79th minute. Blackburn scored a consolation six minutes from time, nullifying United’s clean sheet which was disappointing.

Kieran McKenna made a few changes to his side against Blackburn Rovers with Angel Gomes coming back after winning the FIFA U17 World Cup with England and Tahith Chong, albeit on the bench, making his return from injury. The home side had a chance in the 12th minute of the match through Kyle Connell, whose effort was saved by Theo Richardson. A minute later, D’Mani Mellor had an attempt at the other end, from a tight right angle, failing to get anything for his side.

United won a free-kick in the 17th minute which Angel Gomes took, which was close to putting United in front but just missed the upright. Five minutes later, Blackburn were on top in the match again and Richardson had to make another save to deny the home side from taking the lead. In the 25th minute, Daniel Butterworth had a shot of his own to break the deadlock between the two sides, his effort going wide of the target. Blackburn had a chance in the 33rd minute after some good play between Butterworth and Connell, the shot saved by Richardson.

In the 36th minute, United took the lead with another free-kick which was taken by Gomes, scoring on his return from the U17 World Cup. It was Gomes’ fourth goal of the season, which puts his side in the driving seat, piling the pressure on Manchester City, who have a lot to do in order to take United on at this level this season. In the 38th minute, Gomes took a corner for United with Dylan Levitt unable to get his head on the ball with United coming close to scoring a second goal.

With just over five minutes remaining, some good interplay between Gomes and Millen Baars could have created another goal for United, Baars’ shot just wide, being deflected and out for a corner. Ethan Laird was unlucky not to get something from the corner with United ending the half as the better side. The threat was cleared and Blackburn were back in formation seeking to get something before the end of the half. United won another free-kick in the 43rd minute with Gomes aiming for the far top corner with Matthew Campbell making the save.

United won a corner from the clearance and McKenna’s side were pushing for a second goal before the break. Blackburn intercepted the threat and gained some ground on United, who then collected the ball and continued their domination of the game. United, through Baars and Gomes, rushed forward to create something, but the latter was dispossessed by Blackburn, who did not seem to be all that good, especially in defence today. United ended the half 1-0 up with maybe more to do in the second half to secure the victory.

United started the second half in good stead, a goal to the good from the first half and quickly scoring a second goal with Gomes on the edge of the area, his route to goal blocked and passing to James Garner, who was at the edge of the box, shooting towards goal, albeit off target and hitting the head of a Blackburn player and beating the keeper. United were 2-0 up and on their way to victory.

Three minutes after United’s second goal, after Campbell received some treatment, Blackburn got a shot on goal through Butterworth, which was saved by Richardson. Blackburn won a free-kick at the edge of United’s box and Carter had the chance to get a goal back for his side, heading over the crossbar though. United still lead 2-0 and seem to be in charge of this fixture.

In the 63rd minute of the match, Gomes was fouled again, the Blackburn player being booked for doing so. The home side also made their first change of the match. United were playing deep in Blackburn’s half, with some good interplay. Baars was on the ball near the box, aiming to get a third goal for his club, putting the ball into the area and Mellor running in to try to score, failing to do so with United winning a corner, which amounted to nothing.

In the 70th minute, McKenna made his first two changes of the match with Tahith Chong replacing Levitt and Arnau Puigmal replacing Baars. United extended their lead to 3-0 in the 75th minute of the match with Gomes scoring his second goal of the game – he was then replaced by Largie Ramazani just after sealing the victory for United.

United extended their lead to 4-0 through Mellor in the 79th minute, really showing Blackburn up and taking charge of the U18 Premier League this season with Manchester City needing to dig deep and wait for United to slip up, which is this form will not be happening anytime soon.

Blackburn found a goal in the 84th minute of the match, which would only be a consolation goal, but one United did not want to concede – aiming to keep the clean sheet from the victory. Blackburn had another chance to score, failing to get the shot to register when it needed to count. United seem relaxed that the game has been won, accepting the three points but not bothered about conceding again after losing 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

Confirmed Starting XI: Gomes back, Baars, Levitt and Mellor also start; Chong on the bench

Manchester United U18’s face Blackburn Rovers at Brockhall Training Centre this morning in the U18 Premier League. Last time out United were beaten 1-0 by Stoke City in the U18 Premier League Cup. In the league, the last match was played at the end of October, United beat Sunderland 2-1 with Aidan Barlow and Mason Greenwood scoring the goals. The match before that was a 6-2 rout over Middlesbrough which saw Lee O’Connor and Nishan Burkart score a brace and Barlow and Dylan Levitt scoring the other matches. United are top of the league but have played two matches more than second-places Manchester City.

Manchester United:


Tanner, Barrett, O’Connor, Laird;

Levitt, Garner, Galbraith;

Baars, Mellor, Gomes


Bernard, Carney, Puigmal, Chong, Ramazani

Angel Gomes is back in the squad after his FIFA U17 World Cup adventure which saw England lift the cup. Tahith Chong is on the bench following his recovery from injury with United seeking another victory, which will see them keep their challenge up with City, who will need to win their games in hand in order to topple United. Kieran McKenna will be confident of the quality within his side for this match, which should see them prevail and take all three points back to Manchester.

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