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Ratings: Tosin Kehinde the Man of the Match in Everton draw

Manchester United draw 0-0 with Everton in the Premier League 2 at the MerseyRail Community Stadium on Monday evening. Callum Gribbin was the closest player to find the back of the net in the draw, which will be seen as a positive result on the road. United play Celtic in the Premier League International Cup on Saturday, a break from the Premier League 2 until Monday 11th December when they face Swansea City away.

The match ended 0-0, a good point on the road, but things need to change if United are to turn their fortunes at this level. United play in the Premier League International Cup against Celtic on Saturday, giving them a rest from league action, but three matches undefeated will be seen as a bonus with United heading in the right direction.

United will be able to take some positives from this result, which could send them in the right direction with key fixtures in the coming month which could see the club rise in the Premier League 2 table. Tosin Kehinde was for me, the Man of the Match again, taking this league by storm in the last few matches, always putting in the effort and dropping back when his teammates need assistance.

Manchester United: O’Hara; Riley, Ercolani, Williams (Warren 23′), Mitchell; Sang, Scott; Dearnley (Gribbin 63′), Hamilton, Kehinde; Wilson

Substitutes Not Used: Richardson, Boonen, Bohui

Manchester United

Kieran O’Hara

Will be happy to have kept a clean sheet. Made some good saves and was commanding in his area. Was beaten once, but the shot was off target.

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Joe Riley

Was one of the stand out players in this match. Defending well and getting forward for a lot of the game. Seemed like the Duracell bunny towards the end of the match, still able to keep running.

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Luca Ercolani

Had a good game in the centre of defence and has really adapted to this age group, playing to the best of his abilities, especiall against Everton.

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Ro-Shaun Williams

Unfortunate to suffer an injury in the 23rd minute of the match, which was the end of the game for Williams.

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35 Demetri Mitchell

Had a good game, but did not really get involved all that much. Needs to get stuck in and help his team, not that he doesn't do that already, but some of his teammates did a lot better than him tonight.

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Thomas Sang

Played well for United in his midfield role. Did what was needed at times, especially where United needed a commanding midfielder to break down the play, Sang proving to be effective in the game.

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Charlie Scott

Played well and partnered superbly with Sang. Broke forward and tried to help his team capitalise when attacking. It didn't work for United, but a point is better then no points

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Zachary Dearnley

Struggled to get into the game early in the match with Everton having two good chances. The game opened out for United and Dearnley, but he was replaced by Gribbin in the 63rd minute.

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Ethan Hamilton

God stuck in and tried to help Wilson find some space and get in with some shots on goal. Hamilton was unlucky not to score himself.

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Tosin Kehinde

My Man of the Match for the second game in a row. The Nigerian-born attacking midfielder did what he needed to do and more. Attacked, defended and generally got stuck in to the game. A great player to have in the team.

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James Wilson

Had chances but did not threaten the Everton defence and goalkeeper as much as he should have. Better than playing without a striker though. Needs to step up and find that form from a few years ago.

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Substitutes

Tyrell Warren

Replaced Williams 23'. Played well after being introduced in the 23rd minute. Did what he needed to do defensively and will be happy to have kept a clean sheet.

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Callum Gribbin

Replaced Dearnley 63'. Had the best chance in the game to take the lead for United. Was tricky on and off the ball and his set pieces were pretty good, despite not breaking the deadlock.

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Report: Manchester United draw 0-0 away to Everton in the Premier League 2

Manchester United draw 0-0 with Everton in the Premier League 2 at the MerseyRail Community Stadium on Monday evening. Callum Gribbin was the closest player to find the back of the net in the draw, which will be seen as a positive result on the road. United play Celtic in the Premier League International Cup on Saturday, a break from the Premier League 2 until Monday 11th December when they face Swansea City away.

Ricky Sbragia named a strong enough side to take on Everton in the Premier League 2 this evening. James Wilson led the line, Man of the Match against City, Tosin Kehinde kept his place with United seeking a return to winning ways in the league, aiming to distance themselves from the bottom half of the table, sitting tenth in the league with nine points ahead of kick off.

United did not start the match in the best of ways with Everton having chances through Bassala Sambou in the fourth and seventh minutes with Kieran O’Hara making the save for the first and the Everton player shooting over the target in the second attempt. In the twelfth minute, United had a free-kick close to the edge of the box with Joe Riley looping his effort into the box and United trying to prevail through Ethan Hamilton, failing to cause any damage to the Everton defence.

The resulting corner was dealt with effectively by the home side also, resulting in a goal kick which started the game again. In the 16th minute of the match, Charlie Scott was booked for a challenge, which pushed Everton forward with James Wilson winning the ball and pushing forward to break for United, which resulted in Everton winning the ball again.

In the 18th minute, Luca Ercolani was winded by a challenge and needed a minute for some treatment before coming back on. It was still 0-0 with Everton having the chances, United playing well so far, aiming to get themselves into the game with a goal. Two minutes later, Everton had a shot on goal through Josh Bowler from outside of the box, but O’Hara made the save.

Ro-Shaun Williams was replaced by Tyrell Warren in the 23rd minute due to injury, which was unfortunate for United. United and Everton were both playing end to end football after the substitution, both teams looking to take the lead in the match, which was not coming from anywhere. In the 40th minute, Bowler had another attempt, sending his shot over the crossbar.

United had a chance a minute later after some good play on the attack. Wilson had the resulting shot, which rattled the side netting. There were two minutes of added time at the end of the first half, ending 0-0 with United needing to do a lot to get one over this Everton side, who had been playing well and had all of the chances, Sambou the play of the first half.

Neither side made a change during the break, United’s substitution the only one in the match so far. It was Bowler who had the first chance of the second half with a good run on the ball, beating his man with his chance on goal bounding past the post. United won a free-kick through Kehinde in the 51st minute of the match, Wilson was lurking but nothing came of the attack as Ethan Hamilton lashed wide.

Everton made their first change in the 57th minute of the match with Fraser Hornby replacing Bowler. United made their second change with Callum Gribbin replacing Zak Dearnley in the 63rd minute with United seeking some impressive play to take command of this fixture, with all to take from the game at this stage. United won a free-kick in the 64th minute after a challenge on Demetri Mitchell.

United won a corner in the 67th minute after a good drive forward. Gribbin took the corner but it was too close to the near post and Everton regained possession and broke forward, sending the ball out of play for a United throw-in inside their own half. Everton were not the same side after Bowler was replaced, which was a good sign for United, their chance to take charge of the fixture.

Everton made their second change in the 74th minute with Nathan Broadhead replacing Sambou, who was not happy to be taken off with the game still not having a clear winner. In the 75th minute, with Everton on the attack, Warren made a great stop to deny the home side from taking the lead. In the 79th minute, after a positive attack from United through Riley and Hamilton, the latter had a shot on goal, the Everton goalkeeper making the save.

Everton made their final change in the 80th minute with Harry Charsley replacing Antony Evans. After the change, United were on the attack through Gribbin, who unleashed his effort, which was curling, into the middle of the goal, the effort was denied by the goalkeeper with United winning a corner, which came to nothing. Moments later, Gribbin was attacking again, with the help of Wilson and Kehinde, an attack which came to nothing.

With less than five minutes of normal time remaining, Everton had a good attack which resulted in a pinball with them trying to scramble a goal, United eventually clearing the ball. Everton had another chance in the 89th minute, which would have seen O’Hara stranded, but it missed the target, luckily for United.

Three minutes were added to the end of the match, in the first minute, United had a chance through Wilson, who broke forward but could not get the better of Everton to find the back of the net. Everton then broke forward with Kehinde back defending, making the clearance meaning Everton had to start their attack again. With 90 seconds to go, Everton nearly scored, the shot just wide of the target.

The match ended 0-0, a good point on the road, but things need to change if United are to turn their fortunes at this level. United play in the Premier League International Cup against Celtic on Saturday, giving them a rest from league action, but three matches undefeated will be seen as a bonus with United heading in the right direction.

Manchester United: O’Hara; Riley, Ercolani, Williams (Warren 23′), Mitchell; Sang, Scott; Dearnley (Gribbin 63′), Hamilton, Kehinde; Wilson

Substitutes Not Used: Richardson, Boonen, Bohui

Confirmed Starting XI: Wilson leads the line against Everton; Kehinde, Riley & Mitchell start

Manchester United U23’s face Everton in the Premier League 2 at the MerseyRail Community Stadium in Southport this evening. United, fresh from their 1-1 draw with Manchester City last weekend, will be seeking a return to winning ways, sitting in tenth place in the league, with just nine points on the board. Everton sit in third place, eight points off the top spot, held by Liverpool at this stage of the season. United have not been in the best form in this league, losing three, drawing once and winning one of their last five matches. Ricky Sbragia, on his first season back at the club, has not seen his team play to their abilities with many passengers at this level at the club.

Manchester United:

O’Hara;

Riley, Ercolani, Williams, Mitchell;

Sang, Scott;

Dearnley, Hamilton, Kehinde;

Wilson

Substitutes:

Richardson, Warren, Gribbin, Boonen, Bohui

United will not be able to win the Premier League 2 this season, sitting 18 points adrift of the summit of the table with ten matches played so far this season. Relegation is still an option with goal difference and a point stopping United from sitting right at the bottom of the table. United’s players at this level will need to stand up and be counted if they are to turn the season around, which seems unlikely after the recent performances.

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