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Ratings: Axel Tuanzebe was Manchester United’s only bright star in 2-0 defeat to Everton

Manchester United U23’s were beaten 2-0 by a resurgent Everton side on Monday evening in Southport. United, against playing without a main striker started a strong side, but a side who were not near clinical enough to get anything from the match. Regan Poole made a defensive error after receiving a back pass and not being able to clear it before Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring for the home side. United, did everything they could to try and get back into the match, but it was going to be one of those frustrating evenings for Warren Joyce and his squad. In the second half of the match, Oumar Naisse scored a header, without much effort, from a set-piece doubling Everton’s lead. United did have some chances, but they were no way near clinical enough to take something from the match. In the final few minutes, Tosin Kehinde created something bright for United, which did not come to fruition. United will face Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village in three weeks time, which Warren Joyce will spend much of his time preparing his side in order to gain something from that match, and extend their home unbeaten run at this level.

Manchester United: Johnstone; Williams (Olosunde 64′), Tuanzebe, Poole, Riley; Redmond, Scott (Mitchell 61′); El Fitouri, Harrop, Hamilton (Kehinde 73′); Willock

Substitutes Not Used: Moutha-Sebtaoui, O’Connor

Bookings: Sadiq El Fitouri, Josh Harrop

Manchester United

40 Sam Johnstone

Despite conceding twice with two goals he could not really do much against, Johnstone had a good game, commanded his area well and really looked to want to get United back into the match.

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Ro-Shaun Williams

Did not have the best of matches in a United shirt, but has only recently come back from injury. May need a few matches to get back into the swing of things.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

The captain put in his usual defensive display, looking good on the ball. He marked Oumar Naisse well, getting the better of the 26-year-old on a few occasions. Seemed to be the only player, other than Johnstone, who was trying. Saved United a few times with his determination to win the ball.

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Regan Poole

Made a mistake which led to Everton's opening goal after a backpass, which was not properly dealt with. I am sure he will be unhappy with that. Seemed resurgent during the rest of the match, trying to right his wrong, but it just was not working for him or United.

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Joe Riley

Got forward for much of the game, also did what he needed to do defensively, despite United conceding twice.

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Devonte Redmond

Played well at times, but along with Scott, could have done a bit more in the midfield in order to counter the Everton attackers, who seem to have got one over United this evening. Perhaps a bad day at the office for Redmond and the rest of the United squad?

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Charlie Scott

Did well in midfield, but could have done more at times to help his team deal with the onslaught from the Everton attack, who were much better than United despite being gifted the first goal, then scoring the second from a set-piece.

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Ratings: Axel Tuanzebe was Manchester United’s only bright star in 2-0 defeat to Everton

Still does not seem to be that player United need in the squad. I don't see much development from him, he was booked in the first half and just looked to be of lower quality than his teammates.

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Ratings: Axel Tuanzebe was Manchester United’s only bright star in 2-0 defeat to Everton

Had a good game in that he was a positive player in trying to get United back into the match from 1-0 down, and still determined after the second goal was scored. It was not United's night, but some of his teammates should be help accountable for their actions.

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Ethan Hamilton

Did well at times, one of United's bright attacking players, despite not having a main striker. Did all he could to help his side get back into the match. Was replaced by Kehinde.

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Matty Willock

Starting as the main attacking player, but it was not something that would work against this resurgent Everton side who had conceded only two goals in seven matches before this evening. United need some attacjing imspiration to break down teams like this, for that reason it was never going to be something United got the better of tonight.

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Substitutes

35 Demetri Mitchell

Replaced Scott. From his introduction, Mitchell looked bright, especially on the ball. Tried to get United back into the game, but it just was not his or United's night. Sloppy with the ball at times.

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Matthew Olosunde

Replaced Williams. Spent the last day or so ill, which may not have seen him in the right frame to play this evening, did well during his time on the pitch, but United did not benefit from anything they tried to throw in Everton's direction.

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Tosin Kehinde

Replaced Hamilton. Played well form his introduction 17 minutes from the end of the match. Could have created something for United in the final minutes with Everton's sound defence thwarting United's chance.

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Report: Manchester United U23’s fall to a 2-0 defeat to Everton

Manchester United were beaten 2-0 by a resurgent Everton side after Regan Poole made a defensive error which saw Dominic Calvert-Lewin open the scoring in the first half. A second half header by Oumar Naisse, Everton’s 26-year-old striker purchased only this summer, saw Warren Joyce’s side fall further behind. United did not look the best side on the pitch today, but if not for the determination of Axel Tuanzebe, it could have been a humiliating match for United.

Warren Joyce selected a strong team to face Everton with Sam Johnstone returning to the starting XI. Ro-Shaun Williams, a substitute a week ago comes back in as a starter after suffering an injury at the start of the season, replacing Scott McTominay in the XI, who suffered a knock against Derby County last week and was not fit enough to start, or take part in the match this week. Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui and 16-year-old Lee O’Connor made the bench with Joyce looking to find a good fit of experience, at this level at least, and youth in order to create a side that will press their opposition.

Manchester United started well in the match and needed to as they are up against £13.5 million signing Oumar Naisse who was purchased by Everton in the summer. United seemed to be pressing forward well, but not quite getting into forward positions to threaten the home side, who have been scoring lots of goal this season, conceding twice in seven matches up until tonight. United could do with a clinical striker against a team like Everton, which could be something they take a fall for. United had the right attitude though, showing the ‘never give up’ attitude they shoed last week against Derby County.

United found themselves chasing the game after a backpass to Regan Poole, who made a massive error by trying to pass the ball back out, not hitting it hard enough, only for Everton to take possession with Dominic Calvert-Lewin opening the scoring this evening. United now had to chase the game, against the odds, with no main attacking outlet. Determination may be key to United getting a result from this match tonight. United had some chances to get back into the game, but faced the same problem again in that their side lacks a striker to cause damage to the opposition.

The first half ended 1-0 to Everton with United not losing that determination they had the last week. Everton, despite being much stronger are not really ahead through their own doing with a United mistake getting them the goal they led the first half with. United were getting forward, just not getting the chances through on goal which could cause the problems needed to find a goal themselves. Conceding only two goals in seven matches would suggest they are a sound defensive side, which will make it so much more difficult for United the break through. Warren Joyce will have been vocal in the dressing room at half time, giving his team the instructions to get back into the match in the second half.

United started the second half well, looking to cause some damage to the home side in order to give Joyce a reaction he will have asked for during the break. United have bags of talent at this level, but seemed to be out of sorts. In the 53rd minute of the match Naisse scored the second goal for Everton with a header in which he did not even need to jump, which was down to United’s poor defending. United seemed to be out of the match now with a lot of work to put in to get level, which seems out of reach at this moment in time. Manchester United made their first change around the hour with Demetri Mitchell replacing Charlie Scott.

United on the attack through Harrop, who was then fouled at the edge of the box, the referee gave the advantage with Mitchell overhitting his cross into the box, which did not have many United players in it. United then made their second change with Matthew Olosunde, who has been ill over the past day or so, replacing Ro-Shaun Williams, who did not have the best of matches, but coming back after injury may mean he will need some time to get back up to speed. United made their third and final change of the evening with Tosin Kehinde replacing Ethan Hamilton. United have 15 minutes to try and get back into the game, with nothing other than another away defeat looking certain right now.

In the final few minutes of the match, United, still two goals down, looked to get something from that match, if only a consolation goal. Tosin Kehinde slalommed his run through to the goal, dispatching his effort which was eventually cleared off the line for Everton to get the better of this United side once more. United were unlucky perhaps not to find a goal, which was their best opportunity this evening. Four minutes of added time was played with United not taking anything from the game, losing their second league match of the season, another away from home. United now have a three-week break at this level before that face Liverpool on Tuesday 18th October 2016, the day after the first team take on their bitter rivals at Anfield. Warren Joyce will be looking for all or nothing in that fixture in order to get United winning again.

Manchester United: Johnstone; Williams (Olosunde 64′), Tuanzebe, Poole, Riley; Redmond, Scott (Mitchell 61′); El Fitouri, Harrop, Hamilton (Kehinde 73′); Willock

Substitutes Not Used: Moutha-Sebtaoui, O’Connor

Bookings: Sadiq El Fitouri, Josh Harrop

CONFIRMED: Johnstone, Tuanzebe, Poole & Harrop start against Everton

Manchester United U23’s travel to Southport to face Everton in the Premier League 2 on Monday evening. A week ago, United beat Derby County at Old Trafford in their first match at the Theatre of Dreams this season 3-2, with United taking the lead three times in a high tension match. United, at this level, are a depleted side with no out-and-out striker, which earlier in the season seemed to cost the squad, but now, individual players are stepping forward and pulling out the performances, much to the praise of their teammates and more importantly their coach Warren Joyce. United have a lot of work to do in order to retain their title this season, but nothing can be ruled out this early in the season. United need to find some good form in order to push on after winning their first match against Leicester City, losing against Southampton, then drawing against both Chelsea and Manchester City, before beating Derby County. Against Everton, United need to stand up and be counted, taking all three points away from Southport. Here are the starting XI’s and lists of substitutes for both teams this evening.

Manchester United:

Johnstone;

Williams, Tuanzebe, Poole, Riley;

Redmond, Scott;

El Fitouri, Harrop, Hamilton;

Willock

Substitutes:

Moutha-Sebtaoui, O’Connor, Olosunde, Kehinde, Mitchell

Everton:

Hewelt;

Jones, Holgate, Kenny, Connolly;

Davies, Walsh;

Dowell, Calvert-Lewin, Dyson;

Naisse

Substitutes:

Duffus, Gray, Charsley, Henen, Williams

Preview: Warren Joyce’s U23 side looking to extend winning run against Everton

Haig Avenue, Southport

Premier League 2

Monday 26th September 2016, KO 19:00 [Live on MUTV]

Manchester United U23’s travel to Southport to face Everton in the Premier League 2 on Monday evening. A week ago, United beat Derby County at Old Trafford in their first match at the Theatre of Dreams this season 3-2, with United taking the lead three times in a high tension match. United, at this level, are a depleted side with no out-and-out striker, which earlier in the season seemed to cost the squad, but now, individual players are stepping forward and pulling out the performances, much to the praise of their teammates and more importantly their coach Warren Joyce. United have a lot of work to do in order to retain their title this season, but nothing can be ruled out this early in the season. United need to find some good form in order to push on after winning their first match against Leicester City, losing against Southampton, then drawing against both Chelsea and Manchester City, before beating Derby County. Against Everton, United need to stand up and be counted, taking all three points away from Southport.

United lie in eighth place in the Premier League 2 table this season, with eight points after five matches have been played. Warren Joyce’s side have a game in hand over Chelsea, Sunderland, Manchester City, Liverpool, and league leaders Southampton. Should United take all three points away from Everton, who are currently second in the table, United could rise from eighth to fifth unless they score more than three goals, which could see them leapfrog City into fourth, dependant on other results in Monday night’s matches, which could obviously change everything. Everton seems to be a tough side to beat this season, winning four of their last five matches in all competitions, losing to Sunderland a fortnight ago. United have won two, drawn two and lost one of their last five fixtures.

In order to find the best fit for his squad this season, which is already lacking a striker, Joyce will have to take some of the better players from Kieran McKenna;s U18 squad, with the likes of Ethan Hamilton, DJ Buffonge and Tahith Chong selected in recent weeks, with the latter yet to make his U23 debut in his first season at the club. McKenna’s U18 squad are doing well, winning three matches in a row by scoring five goals in each match, coming unstuck against Manchester City the weekend before last and beating Stoke City 2-0 on Saturday, which sees them third in the Premier League U18 league table, two points shy of leaders and current title holders Manchester City. There are plenty of players Joyce could still select for his U23 side with Nishan Burkart, Indy Boonen, and even Angel Gomes all playing well, which could see them needing to be challenged at a higher level at some point this season, which will benefit them in the long run. Joyce will continue to dabble with his side, finding the best fit for his players and getting the best out of them, which is something he does best. Everton will be a tough team to beat, but it is possible and I am sure United will venture all opportunities in doing so.

Manchester United U23 Squad:

Manager: Warren Joyce

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone, Kieran O’Hara

Defenders: Matthew Olosunde, Axel Tuanzebe, Ro-Shaun Williams, Regan Poole, Charlie Scott, Sadiq El Fitouri, Joe Riley

Midfielders: Scott McTominay, Tosin Kehinde, Josh Harrop, Sean Goss, Devonte Redmond, Matty Willock

Forwards: Demitri Mitchell, Josh Doughty

Everton U23 Squad:

Manager: David Unsworth

Goalkeepers: Russell Griffiths, Mateusz Hewelt, Louis Gray, Chris Renshaw, Connor Hunt

Defenders: Tyias Browning, Mason Holgate, Brendan Galloway, Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny, Antonee Robinson, Morgan Feeney, Matty Foulds, Callum Connolly, Josef Yarney, James Yates, Gethin Jones

Midfielders: Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell, Conor Grant, Antony Evans, Jack Bainbridge, Michael Donohue, Harry Charsley, Tyrone Duffus, Beni Baningime, Nathan Broadhead, Nathan Holland, Joe Williams, Liam Walsh

Forwards: Sam Byrne, Courtney Duffus, Shayne Lavery, Bassala Sambou, Calum Dyson, Conor McAleny, Delial Brewster, Leandro Rodriguez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, David Henen, Oumar Naisse

Manchester United U23 Top Scorers:

2 – Scott McTominay, 1 – Own Goal, Josh Harrop, Demetri Mitchell, Matty Willock,

Everton U23 Top Scorers:

6 – Calum Dyson, 5 – Harry Charsley, 3 – Kieran Dowell, 2 – Courtney Duffus, Antony Evans, David Henen, Liam Walsh

Manchester United U23 Form:- WDDLW

Derby County 3-2 W, Manchester City 1-1 D, Chelsea 1-1 D, Southampton 1-0 L, Leicester City 1-0 W

Everton U23 Form:- WLWWW

Arsenal 5-0 W, Sunderland 1-0 L, Bolton Wanderers 2-0 W, Leicester City 4-1 W, Derby County 2-0 W

Predicted Starting XI:

Predicted Score:

Everton 1-2 Manchester United

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