United: Zieler; M Keane (Ekangamene 76), De Laet, Gill, Dudgeon; Stewart, C Evans, Possebon, Norwood, Hussain (Lingard 84); Brandy.
Subs not used: Johnstone, Cole.
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United's Reserves suffered a first league defeat of 2010 against Wigan, but the Reds' youthful side can take heart from a gutsy performance after playing over half the game with 10 men.
Ritchie De Laet was dismissed for a clash with Tomasz Kupisz late in the first half, and the Polish striker compounded United's misery by steering in his side's second half winner.
Six days after being crowned league champions, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Warren Joyce freshened up their side with two starting debutants: Michael Keane and Etzaz Hussain. During the second half, the pair would also make way for two more first-timers. Charni Ekangamene and Jessie Lingard entered the fray as the coaches sought to further the education of some of the under-18s' twinkling talents.
On a pitch unconducive to the Reds' slick passing game, little quality was allowed to surface throughout the first half. The game's first noteworthy chance took 25 minutes to arrive, as Ablan Serrano fired against the base of Ron-Robert Zieler's post after neat play from Kupisz.
The Reds hit back, however, and created a flurry of chances just after the half-hour. Oliver Norwood's corner found the onrushing De Laet, but his powerful