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Ratings: Mason Greenwood and D’Mani Mellor score in Wolves defeat

Manchester United were beaten 3-2 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League Cup U18 on Saturday afternoon. Austin Samuels scored in the 23rd and 28th minute to break United hearts with Joe Whittingham scoring 90 seconds into the second half. D’Mani Mellor scored a consolation for United with Mason Greenwood getting another two minutes from time, not enough for United.

At this level, there were so many players missing this match because of the UEFA Youth League, so a lot of the quality had been removed from the squad. The noticeable absences of Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, Aiden Barlow, Lee O’Connor, Jake Barrett, Ethan Laird and Alex Fojticek all showed the quality United have at this level.

The performances of D’Mani Mellor, who scored United first goal and Mason Greenwood, the scorer of the second showed that United have some talented players coming through who may not be regular starters at this level. Kieran McKenna has a good side and the importance of making into the knockout stages of the UEFA Youth League must mean more to United than this competition.

Goals: D’Mani Mellor 72′, Mason Greenwood 88′

Manchester United: Richardson; Tanner, Mengi, Bernard, Williams; Garner, Traore (Baars 53′); Ramazani (Mellor 53′), Greenwood, Levitt; Burkart (Puigmal 71′)

Substitutes Not Used: Carney, Galbraith

Manchester United

Theo Richardson

Conceded three goals and seemed to be lacking confidence. It was a youthful side with many rested ahead of the UEFA Youth League clash with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

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George Tanner

Provided the width in defence and attack at times. Could not stop his side from conceding three goals.

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43 Teden Mengi

Not the best start at this level for Mengi. Seemed out of sorts and lacking experience, seeing his side conceded twice in the first half and just after the restart.

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Di’Shon Bernard

Lacked experience and just did not command the defence like he should have. United conceded three goals in the match, needing a miracle to win the game.

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33 Brandon Williams

Lively on the left flank, tried to take his opposition on when breaking forward. Too much for United after they conceded the third at the start of the second half.

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James Garner

Booked in the second half. The captain was not really leading his side. This team lacked ambition and the ability to control the game. A long way to go for some of the players today.

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Aliou Traore

Not the best performance on his debut for Manchester United. Just did not get into the game at all. Early days though. Replaced by Baars in the 53rd minute.

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59 Largie Ramazani

Ramazani made his first start at U18 level against Wolves but did not really get into the game after United fell 3-0 down by the time he was replaced in the 53rd minute by D'Mani Mellor. Did look the brightest player early in the match.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Looked lively at times. Seemed unable to turn on the magic we know he is capable of. Scored United's second goal in the 88th minute. Watch out for his name rising through the ranks.

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Dylan Levitt

Bright at times. Tried to inspire his side, but there was too many passengers in this match. Will be annoyed to see his side exit the competition.

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Nishan Burkart

Played 71 minutes and tried to influence the game with too many mistakes being made at the back and in midfield. Replaced by Puigmal.

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Substitutes

49 D’Mani Bughail-Mellor

Replaced Ramazani 53'. Scored a consolation goal. Dug deep from his introduction in the match.

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Millen Baars

Replaced Traore 53'. Should have maybe started this match. Played well but is was too late for United when he came on.

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47 Arnau Puigmal

Replaced Bukart 71'. Registered a great chance almost as soon as he came on.

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Report: Manchester United knocked out of the Premier League Cup U18 after Wolves defeat

Manchester United were beaten 3-2 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League Cup U18 on Saturday afternoon. Austin Samuels scored in the 23rd and 28th minute to break United hearts with Joe Whittingham scoring 90 seconds into the second half. D’Mani Mellor scored a consolation for United with Mason Greenwood getting another two minutes from time, not enough for United.

Kieran McKenna made a few changes for his side ahead of the UEFA Youth League clash with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday. Aliou Traore made his debut at U18 level, whilst Di’Shon Bernard and Largie Ramazani both made their first start at U18 level with Teden Mengi, and Mason Greenwood, both talented U16 level players, making starts also.

United started the game well and with Arsenal winning 4-2 against Stoke, United needed the win to make it through to the next stage of the Premier League Cup U18. United looked lively with Dylan Levitt and Nishan Burkart playing well together, which was where United first credible chance of the game came with the former setting up Burkart who rounded the keeper, hitting the post.

United forced a save from the Wolves keeper with Largie Ramazani breaking through, showing himself as the brightest star in the game so far today. United’s dominance was short-lived though with Wolves taking the lead in the 25th minute through Austin Samuels after getting in behind the United defence, who were all out of position and taking first blood from the game, giving United a big hill to climb.

United found themselves 2-0 down in the 28th minute after some poor play by the United defence. Samuels again took advantage of the poor defending, beating both Mengi and Bernard, slotting home his second goal of the match. United needed to buck their ideas up, or face being knocked out of the Premier League Cup U18 this season.

United started to recover from their mistakes later in the second half, pressuring Wolves going forward and winning set-piece after set-piece, still trailing 2-0 though. United had a long-range effort in the 40th minute of the match which was straight at the goalkeeper but showed intent from this United side, who could change the game in the second half. The first half ended 2-0 to Wolves.

There were no changes for United at the start of the second half and needed to win by three clear goals, needing a 5-3 victory at least from this half. It was not to be though as Wolves scored again through Joe Whittingham 90 seconds into the second half. Bernard was on the right side of the header and should have done more to thwart the attempt.

United had a penalty shout in the 52nd minute after what seemed to be a push inside the box but nothing was given by the referee and James Garner ended up being booked. In the 53rd minute, McKenna made a double substitution with Ramazani and Traore being replaced by Millen Baars and D’Mani Mellor.

United were still chasing the game on the hour mark, needing nothing short of a miracle to win this match. Despite the changes, Wolves seemed to be in the driving seat in the match at this stage, despite being 3-0 up. In the 65th minute of the match, United through George Tanner broke forward, aiming to get a goal back in the game, but it did not come.

United made their third substitution in the 71st minute with Arnau Puigmal replacing Nishan Burkart. In the 72nd minute, after Puigmal had a chance to score, D’Mani Mellor got a goal back for United, which was a start. 3-1 to Wolves though. United tried to get back into the game, but needing six goals was too big a task. They did have many set-pieces late on though – to no avail.

In the 85th minute, United had a great chance to get another goal, unable to get it into the back of the net, unbelievably. United won a throw-in from the attempt. United scored their second goal in the 88th minute through Mason Greenwood. United seemed to show some urgency in injury time, unable to get anything from the game, losing 3-2 and ending their time in the Premier League Cup U18 this season.

Goals: D’Mani Mellor 72′, Mason Greenwood 88′

Manchester United: Richardson; Tanner, Mengi, Bernard, Williams; Garner, Traore (Baars 53′); Ramazani (Mellor 53′), Greenwood, Levitt; Burkart (Puigmal 71′)

Substitutes Not Used: Carney, Galbraith

Confirmed Starting XI: Burkart leads the line against Wolves

Manchester United U18’s take on Wolverhampton Wanderers U18 in the Premier League Cup at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, The match was due to kick off at 11:30 this morning, but due to inclement weather, the match was put back an hour. United beat Arsenal in their first match back in September, a 4-3 thriller. In November, United were beaten 1-0 by Stoke City meaning they will need a victory over Wolves today. The group is pretty much open with all teams on three points with Arsenal at the top of the league on goal difference and United in second place. United, at this level, have been playing well this season, beating Blackburn Rovers 4-1 in the Premier League U18 league but falling to a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City last week.

Manchester United:

Richardson;

Tanner, Mengi, Bernard, Williams;

Garner, Traore;

Ramazani, Greenwood, Levitt;

Burkart

Substitutes:

Carney, Galbraith, Puigmal, Baars, Mellor

Kieran McKenna’s side will be seeking that victory to keep them in the Premier League Cup U18 this season, a win could see them top the table, dependant on the result of the Arsenal match, currently a 1-1 draw at half-time, which could see United in pole position with a victory over Wolves. Come on UNITED!

Ratings: Angel Gomes, Nishan Burkart and Tahith Chong try to inspire Manchester United in derby defeat

Manchester United were beaten 4-1 by Manchester City in the first derby in the Premier League U18 this season. Tahith Chong put United a goal up in the sixth minute of the match, but City equalised two minutes later. It was a bad day in Manchester for United, who have lost their top spot in the U18 league, and with City having two games in hand, two wins will put some distance between the two sides.

United will take a break from the Premier League U18 for nearly a fortnight, playing their next match on Saturday 9th December against second-placed Liverpool at home. Next week though, United will face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the U18 Premier League Cup at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground needing a victory after falling to a 1-0 defeat in the last game against Stoke City, winning the first, a 4-3 thriller, against Arsenal earlier in the season.

United slip from top to third in the Premier League U18 North, level on points and goal difference with Everton. City take the top spot with two games in hand over both United and Everton. Liverpool sit in fourth place, two points adrift of United with two games in hand also. It could become another tough season for United, especially if they fail to beat Liverpool in a fortnight’s time.

Goals: Tahith Chong 6′

Manchester United: Fojticek; Laird, Barrett (Tanner 45′), O’Connor, Williams; Garner, Barlow; Puigmal (Levitt 65′), Gomes, Chong (Baars 65′); Burkart

Substitutes Not Used: Carner, Bughail-Mellor

Manchester United

Alex Fojticek

Conceded four goals in the Manchester derby. City were just too hot to handle for United. A bad day at the office.

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Ethan Laird

Not the best of performances for United and a devastating result against City. Should be used as inspiration.

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Jake Barrett

United's defence was not strong enough to keep City at bay. Sad to see but United were out of their depth after conceding the equaliser.

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Lee O’Connor

Was solid at times, but City were cutting through United defence in a regimented way. Could have scored in the final few minutes, which would have been a mere consolation for United.

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33 Brandon Williams

United were undone by City but there was nobody to blame in the defeat. United were not good enough on the day, despite taking the lead in the sixth minute.

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James Garner

Will be annoyed at the way United crumbled, especially for the equaliser just two minutes after Chong opened the scoring.

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Aidan Barlow

Had a few attempts on goal and inspired with some good play at times. Unable to get anything for United. One of those days.

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47 Arnau Puigmal

Worked well with Gomes, Chong and Burkart, also Barlow. Used his pace and ability to help get United a break, however that break never came. Substituted on the 65th minute.

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28 Angel Gomes

Got frustrated, pushed Rosler and could have seen red, but was booked. Seemed off his game on occasion. Missed a penalty but dig deep to help his side.

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Tahith Chong

The Dutchman was probably the standout player from the first half, putting United ahead in the opening six minutes. Looked like he had overcome his injury fully. Substituted on the 65th minute.

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Nishan Burkart

Was a live wire for United in the defeat and never seemed to give up trying to break through. Sadly it did not change the scoreline for United.

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Substitutes

George Tanner

Replaced Barrett 45'. Did what he needed to do, got involved. City were too strong for United.

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Dylan Levitt

Replaced Puigmal 65'. Got involved in the game, but the match was lost at the end of the first half.

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Millen Baars

Replaced Chong 65'. Got stuck in from the moment he came on and helped to inspire attacks, but it didn't work for United.

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Report: Frustrated Manchester United beaten 4-1 by Manchester City

Manchester United were beaten 4-1 by Manchester City in the first derby in the Premier League U18 this season. Tahith Chong put United a goal up in the sixth minute of the match, but City equalised two minutes later. It was a bad day in Manchester for United, who have lost their top spot in the U18 league, and with City having two games in hand, two wins will put some distance between the two sides.

Kieran McKenna made a few changes from the team which started against Blackburn Rovers last weekend with Tahith Chong starting after recovering from injury. United started the match in good stead, breaking forward and gaining possession. In the sixth minute, Chong put United ahead with some good interplay, launching his effort into the roof of the net which was a perfect start for United in the first U18 derby of the season. United’s lead lasted less than two minutes after City equalised in the seventh minute through Keyendrah Simmonds.

United have looked bright, despite losing their lead quickly. Nishan Burkart has had quick glimpses of pace and Chong had shown that his injury was over with his return to form. United, in the first twenty minutes, had given City a game, which cannot be said in recent seasons; last season this fixture was a 2-0 defeat for United. Aiden Barlow had been a handful for City and in the 21st minute, he launched a long-range effort with the City goalkeeper sending the ball out for a corner, taken by Angel Gomes.

The corner went straight to Arnau Puigmal, who flicked the ball to Barlow, who then attempted another shot which was wide of the target. City took the lead in the 28th minute of the match with Colin Rosler finding the back of the net after being set up by Doyle. United now had a lot to do to get back into the game or seeing their unbeaten run undone by their local rivals. City had another chance in the 31st minute of the match, heading the shot over the crossbar which could have put the home side 3-1 up in the match.

United had the chance to create something with Burkart on the ball, he then passed to Puigmal, who could not keep hold of the ball with City regaining possession and pressing United. Chong was fouled with City giving away a free-kick just behind the halfway line and United were seeking to get forward, passing to the flank but City regained possession and broke forward, messing up on the attack with Alex Fojticek gathering the ball. City won the ball again and Felix Nmecha had the chance to score again, the attempt being thwarted.

Gomes won a free-kick in the 35th minute of the match with United still chasing the game. City won possession again and seemed to be bossing the game and pressuring United at every opportunity. Lee O’Connor stood firm with City on the attack, making a clearance to deny City another goalscoring opportunity. In the 37th minute, Gomes dropped into a deeper role to get some influence on the game, sending the ball forwards to Burkart, who broke away from his man but could not get a shot on goal.

United won a penalty after Chong was fouled in the box, which gives United the lifeline to leveling the score. It was Jeremie Frimpong who committed himself to the challenge and gave the penalty away. It was Gomes who took the penalty, sending his shot over the crossbar in a poor attempt to level the score. City, on the ball, gained ground and had another opportunity to open a two-goal cushion in the match, which is down to a lot of poor play by United. Simmonds scored his second goal in the 40th minute, sending City 3-1 up and cruising to victory.

Five minutes of the first half remained with United 3-1 down and pushing forward to try to reduce the deficit. Chong seemed to be fouled at the edge of the box, which was not given, but seconds later a foul was committed, a free-kick was given, with United seeking a goal back before the break. Barlow played a good pass forwards, it unable to reach Puigmal with City regaining possession only for United to get involved and pushing forward again. Barlow, Chong, and Puigmal were in a position to get something from this attack, City defending well as Barlow whipped the ball in to no avail.

The tempo of the match slowed as the break approached and United’s chances were few and far between. City still seemed good on and off the ball, pressuring United at every opportunity. The half ended 3-1 with United needing a big effort in the second half to earn something from the game. Tahith Chong was lively in the half, showing his class after his return from injury, but there were not many bright spells for United.

McKenna made a change at the start of the second half with George Tanner replacing Jake Barrett. United seemed to be missing something to take this City side on. On the positive side, Burkart seemed to be a bit of magic United needed, his pace, ability on the ball and fearless approach was starting to show but City were still too dominant in the match for United to get in and score. IN the 58th minute of the match United seemed to be getting somewhere with Burkart and Puigmal on the attack, City recovering and denying United from scoring.

Seconds later, Puigmal was through but could not get anything for his club. After City changed the way of the attack, Gomes passed to Puigmal with United breaking forward, eventually passing to Barlow, who fired his shot wide of the target but it was more positive play from United. Gomes and Rosler were both booked in the 63rd minute of the match after Gomes, seemingly frustrated, flew into a challenge, pushing the City player. McKenna then made two more changes with Millen Baars and Dylan Levitt replacing both Chong and Puigmal.

After the changes, United seemed a bit better with Baars getting involved in the game and using his pace and skills on the ball to pressure City. Gomes, seemingly ending his frustration, has shown glimpses of good play as United still look to recover from being two goals down after taking the lead early in the match. City were pegged back in to their own half, but it did not work well for United as City, on the counter, pressured United before they regained possession.

Gomes seemed to be aiming to inspire something for United, sending Burkart into the box, the pair unable to get a goal back for United. Baars, on the pitch for five minutes, is starting to become that player that United needed from the start of the game. It was all over for United in the 73rd minute of the match after City took their corner and the ball was headed into the back of the net by to captain, Eric Garcia, having another free header on target. United have been undone by their own incompetence.

There was plenty of frustration with United behind and the referee not giving a handball as a City player used his hand to stop United from breaking through. With eight minutes remaining, United were still 4-1 down but trying to get something from this game. Using Tonga in the Rugby League World Cup could be good inspiration as they scored three tries in the final six or seven minutes against England this morning.

Time was running out for United, despite the chances they had created, which came to nothing. In stoppage time, United won a free-kick in a dangerous position, but still being 4-1 down, any goal was not going to make an impact in the match. Gomes took the free-kick with O’Connor at the far post, close to scoring. It does not feel like a 4-1 defeat as United, despite being overrun by City, have not been completely thrashed, looking good in some attacks. Decisions not going their way were part of the problem. The match ended 4-1 with City taking first blood in the Manchester derby.

United will take a break from the Premier League U18 for nearly a fortnight, playing their next match on Saturday 9th December against fourth-placed Liverpool at home. Next week though, United will face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the U18 Premier League Cup at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground needing a victory after falling to a 1-0 defeat in the last game against Stoke City, winning the first, a 4-3 thriller, against Arsenal earlier in the season.

Goals: Tahith Chong 6′

Manchester United: Fojticek; Laird, Barrett (Tanner 45′), O’Connor, Williams; Garner, Barlow; Puigmal (Levitt 65′), Gomes, Chong (Baars 65′); Burkart

Substitutes Not Used: Carner, Bughail-Mellor

Confirmed Starting XI: Puigmal, Gomes, Chong and Burkart lead the line against City

Manchester United’s U18 face Manchester City at the City Academy in the Premier League U18 this morning. United are two points clear of City at the top of the U18 Premier League, having played two games more than City. A victory on the other side of Manchester would give Kieran McKenna’s side the bragging rights, going five points clear of their bitter neighbours. Last week, United played twice, well one match was at U19 level in the UEFA Youth League, but United beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1 in the league and were defeated 2-1 by Basel in Europe. Angel Gomes played in both matches after his FIFA U17 World Cup winning exploits, being a boost for his side, scoring twice at Blackburn and assisting in Switzerland.

Manchester United:

Fojticek;

Laird, Barrett, O’Connor, Williams;

Garner, Barlow;

Puigmal, Gomes, Chong;

Burkart

Substitutes:

Carner, Tanner, Levitt, Baars, Bughail-Mellor

United will be seeking to continue their winning ways this season in the league, losing just once in nine matches played this season, winning six and drawing twice. City will be seeking the top spot in the league this season, so United must ensure the bitter blues do not win this fixture, which should keep them in the driving seat for the foreseeable future, which will give them the advantage, for now at least.

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.

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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.

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Jake Barrett

Defensively Barrett did what he needed to do but will be annoyed at not getting the clean sheet, which was deserved today.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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54 Ethan Galbraith

A good performance from Galbraith - did what was needed against Blackburn and each player had a share of the result today.

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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.

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49 D’Mani Bughail-Mellor

Got his goal at the end of the match putting United 4-0 up.

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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.

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Substitutes

Tahith Chong

Replaced Levitt. Great to see him come back from his injury. Time will bring him back to his best.

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47 Arnau Puigmal

Replaced Baars. Did well from the introduction. Was tricky for Blackburn to deal with.

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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.

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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:

Richardson;

Tanner, Barrett, O’Connor, Laird;

Levitt, Garner, Galbraith;

Baars, Mellor, Gomes

Substitutes:

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.

CONFIRMED: Gomes, Gribbin and Chong start against City

Manchester United face Manchester City in the Premier League U18 at the AON Training Complex on Saturday morning, a battle for the bragging rights in Manchester. Earlier in the season, United were defeated 2-0 by City at their Academy Stadium, a match which saw goalkeeper Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui sent off for a challenge inside the box. The match was a fiery encounter, much like what this one is expected to be. Manchester City currently tops the Premier League U18, a point ahead of United, who are in second place. City will still have two games in hand over United after this match, so it will be important to take all three points, ensuring that United finish the season strongly, waiting for City to slip up, which will be expected at some point. Here are the starting XI and list of substitutes for both teams this morning. It should be an interesting match. Kieran McKenna has brought RoShaun Williams back from the U23’s, who don’t play for nearly a week, and Callum Gribbin, who played for the U23’s against Reading starts again today. Come on UNITED!

Manchester United:

Moutha-Sebtaoui;

Tanner, Warren, Williams, O’Connor;

Buffonge, Whelan;

Gribbin, Gomes, Chong;

Bohui

Substitutes:

Hamilton, Fojticek, Barlow, Burkart, Dunne

Manchester City:

Sokol;

Smith, Latibeaudiere, Francis, Duhaney;

Pozo;

Dele-Bashiru, Diaz;

Foden, Nmecha, Bolton

Substitutes:

Hardy, Scott, Rosler, Sancho, Poveda

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