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Ratings: Harrop, Redmond and Mitchell bright sparks against Sparta Prague

Manchester United made it two wins in two matches in the Premier League International Cup, beating Sparta Prague at leigh Sports Village on Thursday evening. United had previously beaten Villarreal in the tournament earlier in the season, with Josh Harrop, one of the goal scorers this evening, scoring the only goal of the match. Devonte Redmond was United’s other goalscorer against the Czech side, putting United in the driving seat in the group, ahead of next week’s clash with Middlesbrough to head the group after three matches. United have played some good football at this level this season, despite playing without an out-and-out striker, seeing the liked of Scott McTominay, Devonte Redmond, Matty Willock and others lead the line at times. United will be up for the challenge in their last match of 2016 in a weeks time, one which will give them something to aim for next season, being that their performances in the league have not been too good. Nicky Butt will guide the side to aim for the top spot next week, although they could still qualify as one of the best runners up next week if the worst comes to the worst.

Goals: Josh Harrop 21′, Devonte Redmond 56′

Manchester United: O’Hara; Olosunde (El Fitouri 78′), Tuanzebe, Poole, Mitchell; Willock, Goss; Harrop, McTominay, Kehinde (Gribbin 68′); Redmond (Scott 68′)

Substitutes Not Used: M. Johnstone, Doughty, Buffonge, Warren

Manchester United

Kieran O’Hara

Had a good game in goal with not a lot to do. Seemed to deal with everything that he had to get involved in.

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Matthew Olosunde

Played well on the right with United more than enough for he visitors, who just did not test United enough. The American was replaced by El Fitouri with 12 minutes remaining.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Composed and confident display. Got forward at times, pushing the visitors in order to see United prevail. Star in the making.

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Regan Poole

Dominant in defence and did his bit going forward with United pressing forward.

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35 Demetri Mitchell

Assisted in United's second goal, playing well in the left-back role, despite playing further forward for much of the game.

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Matty Willock

Commanding in midfield and strong on the ball. Had his moments in the match. Usually plays further forward, or has this season. Good to see him in the heart of defence.

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Ratings: Harrop, Redmond and Mitchell bright sparks against Sparta Prague

Had some good moments in the match, helping control the game in midfield, which seemed to be where United were stifling their oposition.

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Ratings: Harrop, Redmond and Mitchell bright sparks against Sparta Prague

Scored United's first goal in the 21st minute, breaking forward, staying onside, rounding the keeper for a cool finish. Looked to had injured himself soon after, but was fine to continue.

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39 Scott McTominay

One of the players who can play many different positions and does so to the best of his abilities to help his team.

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Tosin Kehinde

Played well on the left side of the attack, not always getting involved, but doing his bit. Replaced by Gribbin with just over twenty minutes remaining.

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Devonte Redmond

Scored United's second goal with a great finish after being assisted by Mitchell. Had a good game as United furthest forward player, which will instill confidence ahead of next weeks clash with Boro. Replaced by Scott in the 68th minute.

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Substitutes

Charlie Scott

Replaced Redmond. Unlucky not to score United's third goal of the evening. Had a good game.

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Callum Gribbin

Replaced Kehinde. Saw upset on Monday in the FA Youth Cup, but was on the winning team tonight. Played well in his twenty minute cameo.

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Ratings: Harrop, Redmond and Mitchell bright sparks against Sparta Prague

Replaced Olosunde. Helped United steer home the win. Had little influence in the game other than that.

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Report: Harrop and Redmond score to send Sparta Prague packing

Manchester United beat Sparta Prague 2-0 at Leigh Sports Village on the Premier League International Cup with Josh Harrop and Devonte Redmond scoring the goals, sending their Czech opposition home tired and needing a break after playing two matches in two days.

Nicky Butt named a strong side to face the Czech team this evening with Kieran O’Hara in goal, Matthew Olosunde, Axel Tuanzebe, Regan Poole and Demetri Mitchell making up the back four, Sean Goss and Matty Willock in midfield, Josh Harrop, Scott McTominay and Tosin Kehinde all playing behind Devonte Redmond. United started the game in good stead, getting forward to get something from the tie. Sparta Prague were doing the same thing, even though they cannot win the group or become one of the highest placed runner’s up in the tournament.

United took the lead on the 21st minute through Josh Harrop, the scorer of the goal earlier in the season against Villarreal, breaking through on goal, with the flag staying down, rounding the keeper and putting United ahead in the match. United continued to play well after their goal, but Harrop seemed to be carrying an injury, which will not be a good night for him, being his birthday and all. Devonte Redmond almost put United two goals to the good with ten minutes of the first half remaining, but his target was not a precise as it may well have been.

The first half of the match ended with United still in the lead through Harrop’s goal in the 21st minute, but it could have been doubled. United started the second half well, looking to secure their lead and bee in with a good chance of making the next round of the competition despite having to play Middlesbrough for the top spot in the group. In the 56th minute, Redmond scored United’s second goal after being assisted by Demetri Mitchell with some great play on the attack. United were near enough on their way to victory with the visitors seemingly out of the match.

In the 68th minute of the match, Butt made two changes with Charlie Scott and Callum Gribbin replacing Redmond and Kehinde. United sit in the top spot in the group at this moment in time, being two goals to the good and not conceding. Middlesbrough has played twice and won twice, scoring two goals, so United have a better goal difference ahead of next week’s clash. In the 78th minute, Butt made his final substitution with Sadiq El Fitouri replacing Olosunde. United were home and dry, but still carried on trying to ensure the effort was but in right to the end of the match, which seemed to be what Butt was ordering them to do from the sidelines. United ended the match, their second in this tournament was the winners, meaning next week’s match will determine who wins the group.

Goals: Josh Harrop 21′, Devonte Redmond 56′

Manchester United: O’Hara; Olosunde (El Fitouri 78′), Tuanzebe, Poole, Mitchell; Willock, Goss; Harrop, McTominay, Kehinde (Gribbin 68′); Redmond (Scott 68′)

Substitutes Not Used: M. Johnstone, Doughty, Buffonge, Warren

CONFIRMED: Tuanzebe, Poole, Goss and Harrop start against Sparta Prague

Manchester United U23’s face Sparta Prague in the Premier League International Cup at Leigh Sports Village this evening. Earlier in the season, United beat Villarreal 1-0 in the tournament, facing the Czech side this evening and Middlesbrough in a weeks time in order to find a place in the next round of the competition. United’s U23’s have not been all that great this season, lacking goals and some inspiration from players with a bit more experience. Warren Joyce guided his side to victory over Villarreal, but since he left for the vacant manager’s position at Wigan Athletic, United have been led by Nicky Butt on a match day. United will be looking to beat the Czech side this evening, putting a foot into the next round of the competition. Over the past few weeks, United’s U23’s have been boosted by the likes of DJ Buffonge, Ethan Hamilton, Indy Boonen and Callum Gribbin who have risen from U18 level this season, giving the side something different to use against their opposition and also the younger players getting more experience at a tougher level. Here is the starting XI and list of substitutes this evening.

Manchester United:

O’Hara;

Olosunde, Tuanzebe, Poole, Mitchell;

Willock, Goss;

Harrop, McTominay, Kehinde;

Redmond

Substitutes:

El Fitouri, M. Johnstone, Scott, Doughty, Buffonge, Warren, Gribbin

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