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Ratings: Southampton 2-0 Manchester United – Premier League 2 2016/17

Manchester United’s U23’s had a trip down south to face Southampton and played at the home team’s main stadium – St Mary’s. The first half replicated the senior team fixture just gone as Southampton dominated the possession, unchallenged much by United until they got closer to goal, and they had some good chances to take the lead which wasn’t taken although they eventually got the goals they searched for. Unlike the first team, United didn’t get a goal before half-time and in fact didn’t get a goal at all as Southampton ultimately ran out 2-0 winners in a reverse of the scoreline   that the senior Reds had. United players were obviously receiving the ball, not many appeared to actually want it, and still without a natural centre-forward, they struggled to break through an organised Saints defence. Embarrassing and deluded were two words used to describe the United side by unhappy coach Warren Joyce in his post-match interview and on the showing it’s hard to disagree.

Manchester United

26 Dean Henderson

Two goals conceded was a harsh end to a decent display from the keeper. He made a fantastic save from a shot that was bound for the top corner but he was unable to do anything about the goals that went past him, especially the first which was deflected past him off of Joe Riley.

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Ratings: Southampton 2-0 Manchester United – Premier League 2 2016/17

A much better showing from El-Fitouri defensively at least, winning most if not all of his one-on-one duels. In possession, though, he always looked hurried and was unable to do anything of note going forwards.

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Regan Poole

Poole was much more comfortable defensively than he has been in previous games and he was good in making a number of important clearances both in the air and on the floor. He can be pleased with his own display today despite being part of a defence that conceded two goals.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

For the most part Tuanzebe had another good game, both on and off the ball, however, he'll be disappointed with his part in both of Southampton's goals where both of his only mistakes of the night were punished. An awkward header went straight to Southampton's Josh Sims who scored and he lost his man for the second goal from a corner after being blocked by another opposing player. He made a very important interception in the first half and a vital tackle to deny a certain goal in the second, although he lost his focus a bit towards the end of the game with several unneeded fouls as the game ran away from his side.

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Joe Riley

It was a difficult night for Riley as he was often under a lot of pressure when receiving the ball. He didn't get forward as much as usual and his general play suggested tiredness which is a rarity for him but he was decent on the ball when he did get it. He was an unfortunate victim of wrong place, wrong time when Southampton's first goal deflected in off of him from a shot that looked initially like a comfortable save for Dean Henderson.

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39 Scott McTominay

Playing in a more familiar position, sitting in front of the back four, McTominay was the pick of the United players on the night as he was impressive in his passing and in regaining possession. He made a great run from deep which ended with him setting up James Weir for a golden chance that, if taken, would've changed the game. As usual, he got stuck in and looked like one of the only players with any desire on the night.

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Ratings: Southampton 2-0 Manchester United – Premier League 2 2016/17

As always Josh Harrop was getting on the ball and looking to create, although there was not much in front of him, which led to him taking on some shots from distance himself, one of which stretched Southampton's keeper to tip wide. He was constantly dragging the team forward and taking responsibility in the match, always showing for the ball and displaying a hunger that most of his teammates didn't share on the night. Like Tuanzebe, he got quite petulant towards the end and got himself booked and that's something that he needs to stamp out of his game but he can take heart from his evening's work.

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Matty Willock

He was tidy in possession and made a few good runs forward with the ball although he drifted in and out of the game. He looked one of the more likely to create something and although not everything he attempted came off, he was persistent up until the last-minute. He looked leggy getting back at times as Southampton consistently got in behind the midfield and he'll be looking to improve upon this display on Sunday against Chelsea.

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Devonte Redmond

It is often said that Redmond needs to impose himself on matches more and this game was no different as he never really got going. With McTominay behind him, Redmond didn't appear to have much of an actual role in the side and would likely have been one of the player's manager Warren Joyce was referring to when he said after the match that they looked like a group of individuals thrown together with no plan on and off the ball. He was far too passive in possession and ineffective going both backwards and forwards.

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Tosin Kehinde

Again out wide, Kehinde was positive on the ball and clearly forward thinking. He was one of the players that struggled with not having a recognised striker ahead of him with him not playing many line-breaking passes. He and Harrop rotated effectively and often linked up to try to force openings which never manifested. He will be hoping for an opportunity in his favoured central spot and on the showing of those currently in his place, he may well get it soon.

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Ratings: Southampton 2-0 Manchester United – Premier League 2 2016/17

A bad day at the office for the captain. Nothing really came off for Weir as he spurned two great chances in both halves. One of which he got just inside the box unchallenged and skied way over and the second he dragged way wide from around six yards out. Although Tuanzebe lost his man for the corner that led to the second half, Weir tried, failed and should have done better in picking up the runner as he was pushed away with ease before seeing the header fly in.

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Substitutes

35 Demetri Mitchell

Replaced El-Fitouri. After his late winner last week, Mitchell came on with expectations of a big impact but he was limited in what he could do as he came on at left back. Still, he got forward a lot in the time that he had and constantly came for the ball, looking to make things happen when he did. He was booked for a late challenge at the very end as he was visibly frustrated and eager to make the difference. He continues, however, to look good whenever he comes on and a start can't be too far away for him.

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Report: Southampton 2-0 Manchester United – Premier League 2 2016/17

Manchester United’s U23’s were defeated 2-0 by a resurgent Southampton at St Mary’s with Josh Sims and Jack Stephens both scoring in the second half with United left rueing their chances after James Weir missed the chance to score twice in the first half of the match.

Warren Joyce had a much-changed team this week with Dean Henderson in goal, Sadiq El Fitouri, Regan Poole, Axel Tuanzebe and Joe Riley in defence. Scott McTominay, Joshua Harrop, Matty Willock, Devonte Redmond and Tosin Kehinde were all present in midfield, with James Weir acting as the striker with United short of forwards in this age group currently. Sam Johnstone started a week ago, but he’s suffering from a knock, which keeps him out of action this week, though many may read a little more into it with the transfer window coming to an end in just over a weeks time. United started well, but soon conceded a free kick through Harrop, with United throwing all their players back to defend, which amounted to nothing for the home side.

In the seventh minute, McTominay ran into Southampton’s area, passing the ball to Weir, but he fluffed his lines and did not get his shot away well. United had a good chance to be 1-0 up early into the match. McTominay was playing in his proper position, after leading the line at times at the start of the season, and through pre-season. United had glimpses of good play, but Southampton seemed to be the side in the better form so far, but United have had a few good chances, which so far amounted to nothing. In the 28th minute, Henderson made a great save to deny Hesketh from twenty-yards out, tipping the ball over the crossbar.

Heading into the final minutes of the first half, James Weir again missed a goalscoring opportunity with Harrop taking the corner, the Southampton keeper failing to get a good grasp of the ball, it falling to Weir inside the box with the makeshift striker missing his shot completely. United could have been 2-0 up at the break of both credible shots were taken. No added time was played at the end of the first half. The first half ended 0-0 with chances from both sides, neither getting the better of their opposition. United will face a lot of work to do in the second half if they wanted to leave the South Coast with all three points from their second match of the season.

At the start of the second half, Axel Tuanzebe denied Olomola from a clear goal with brilliant defending, showing why Jose Mourinho rates the player, even after a few minutes playing against Wigan Athletic at the start of pre-season. Weir has changes positions, playing in a more recognised position for him, with Harrop now leading the line, changing it up a little to try and get the better of the resurgent home side. Ten minutes into the second half, Sims found the back of the net for the home side after a perfect pass from Hesketh. Tuanzebe did all he could to thwart his efforts, but the ball deflected off Riley past Henderson. United now had a lot more to do in order to rescue something from this match.

United nearly replied to Southampton’s opening goal through Harrop, but none of his teammates were near the ball in the box to get the better of the deflection from the goalkeeper. Good chance for United, but again not something that was taken all that well, or with much thought about following up the shot. It was, however, United’s first shot on target in this match. Southampton doubled their lead leaving United with a lot more work to do to get back into the match, let alone leave St Mary’s with three points. The home side had a corner, with Stephens left to have a free header on goal, pushing Weir out of the way, scoring the club’s second goal.

United made their first change with last week’s match-winner Demetri Mitchell replacing El Fitouri. Southampton seemed to take control of the match with Olomola nearly getting a third and finishing United, but his attempt was thwarted by him not hitting the target. United now had 25 minutes to rescue something from the match, something that would be short of a miracle at this moment in time. It would seem that not having a clinical striker is not paying off for United, but with James Wilson heading to Derby and Andreas Pereira and Will Keane likely to head out on loan before deadline day, risking them getting injured could stop them from heading out to gain experience.

United nearly conceded a third, again with Southampton on the attack. Henderson failed to keep hold of the ball with the onrushing Olomola heading towards goal, Henderson then got hold of the ball with the burly striker falling into the near post. After treatment, Olomola was able to continue. United was still looking for a lifeline to keep the game alive for United. From the corner, United could have done something to get them back into the match, but their resulting shot was cleared off the line by the home side. United have had many chances, none of them coming off. United now had another corner with 13 minutes remaining, taken by Harrop, headed by Tuanzebe, albeit mistimed with the Southampton keeper catching the ball. United seemed out of chances.

United face Chelsea at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday afternoon, kicking off at 13:05, live on MUTV. United will be looking to get back to winning ways against the Blues.

Manchester United: Henderson; El Fitouri (Mitchell 62′), Poole, Tuanzebe, Riley; McTominay; Harrop, Willock, Redmond, Kehinde; Weir

Substitutes Not Used: O’Hara; Sang, Scott; Whelan

Starting XI: Southampton v Manchester United – Premier League 2 2016/17

Manchester United U23’s face Southampton at St Mary’s in the Premier League 2 this evening. United beat Leicester City 1-0 at Leigh Sports Village a week ago with a stunning goal scored by Demetri Mitchell. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, United’s left-back last week has since made a loan move to Wolverhampton Wanderers and will not play for Warren Joyce’s side this evening. James Wilson looks set for a switch to Derby County for the season too, so Joyce’s side lack a striker unless Will Keane is drafted in, but that would be doubtful. United will be looking to match the first team, who beat Southampton 2-0 at Old Trafford on Friday evening. Here are the starting XI and lists of substitutes for both teams this evening.

Manchester United:

Henderson;

El Fitouri, Poole, Tuanzebe, Riley;

McTominay;

Harrop, Willock, Redmond, Kehinde;

Weir

Substitutes:

O’Hara; Sang, Scott; Whelan; Mitchell

Southampton:

Lewis;

Valery, Stephens, Jones, McQueen;

Reed, O’Connor;

Johnson, Hesketh, Sims;

Olomola

Substitutes:

Gapes, Parkers, Wood, Mdlalose, Willard

Preview: Southampton v Manchester United – Premier League 2 2016/17

St Mary’s, Southampton

Premier League 2

Monday 22nd August 2016, KO 19:00 [Live on MUTV]

Manchester United U23’s face Southampton in the Premier League 2 at St Mary’s this evening. A week ago, United beat Leicester City 1-0 at Leigh Sports Village with a stunning goal scored by substitute Demetri Mitchell, chipping the keeper by some distance. This season, the U23’s seem to be lacking some players with Adnan Januzaj on loan with Sunderland, Andreas Pereira seemingly heading out on loan as he is not in Jose Mourinho’s plans for the current season, James Wilson, who is heading to Derby County and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has just signed a season-long loan deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers, which should be a good move for him. United, the reigning champions of the Barclays U21 Premier League will now be looking to take the bull by the horns and aim to win their second match of the season, the first match away from home. Sam Johnstone looks set to play for the reserves in tonight’s match, much like last week where he was able to keep a clean sheet for the young Red Devils. Speaking to MUTV after last week’s 1-0 victory over Leicester City, Johnstone said:

“I enjoyed it. It’s a very young side but it’s a good side. Joycey has them working hard every day and that shows over the years as he keeps winning the league. I’m there to help them, being one of the older ones. I talked to them at half-time and full-time and they also talk to me. Everyone gets on and it’s a good group.”

James Weir played at United’s furthest forward midfielder, until the introduction of match-winner Demetri Mitchell, who may have earned enough plaudits to start against Southampton this evening. United have some good players in their squad this season, but the last of a striker is something that may cost the club this season, unless one of the U18 players gets promoted to the U23 side, of Marcus Rashford, a player who has not yet made an appearance in the Premier League this season, playing twenty minutes in the 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the FA Community Shield at Wembley at the start of the month. Jesse Lingard, who is currently injured could make an appearance for Warren Joyce’s side, as well as others who may need to play some minutes to keep themselves fit this season. Bastian Schweinsteiger, a player tipped to remain at the Old Trafford club, despite not being in Mourinho’s plans at all, may feature for the reserves, which would be good for the youth, but would surely drive negativity through the media aimed at the club, just like it did last season when Radamel Falcao, among other first team players, played for the U21’s – albeit a poor performance.

Manchester United U23 Squad:

Manager: Warren Joyce

Goalkeepers: Joel Castro Pereira, Dean Henderson, Kieran O’Hara

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

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

Forwards: Demitri Mitchell, Josh Doughty

Southampton U23 Squad:

Manager: Martin Hunter

Goalkeepers: Harry Lewis

Defenders: Will Wood, Alfie Jones, Yan Valery, Richard Bakary, Ollie Cook, Josh Debayo, Jason McCarthy, Jack Stephens

Midfielders: Armani Little, Jake Flannigan, Harley Willard, Josh Sims, Jake Hesketh, Dominic Gape, Sam McQueen

Forwards: Olufela Olomola, Marcus Barnes, Ryan Seager

Manchester United U23 Form:- WLLWWL

Leicester City 1-0 W, Oldham Athletic 1-1 (3-4 penalties) L (F), Port Vale 4-2 L (F), Salford City 5-1 W (F), Altrincham 2-1 W (F), Blackpool 3-0 L (F)

Southampton U23 Form:- WWWW

Liverpool 4-1 W, Queens park Rangers 5-1 W (F), AFC Bournemouth 4-3 W (F), Fulham 1-0 W (F)

Predicted Starting XI:

Predicted Score:

Southampton 1-2 Manchester United

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