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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!

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