Pre-season friendly
Tuesday 29 July, 19:00 BST

(M'Voto 88)

(Harrop 11,32)

29/07/2014 20:40, Report by Adam Marshall
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Barnsley 1 United Reserves 2

Manchester United's Reserves produced an accomplished and clinical performance to triumph 2-1 against Barnsley in front of 3,385 fans at Oakwell.

Josh Harrop scored both of his side's goals in the first half on a pleasant summer's evening in South Yorkshire but a third successive clean sheet during the pre-season was denied by Jean-Yves M'Voto's late consolation.

Sam Winnall bent a shot off target as the Tykes began brightly but United, wearing the new white shirt, went ahead in the 11th minute. A stray pass by Conor Hourihane was pounced upon by Harrop, who advanced towards goal and unleashed a stunning shot into the far corner of Adam Davies' net.

The home side attempted to reply with Winnall hitting the target with a full-blooded volley, that was gathered by Joel Castro Pereira, and a Brad Abbott shot which deflected wide. Tom Thorpe was forced into a superb diving header to clear as the Reds defended stoutly and started to emerge as a threat at the other end again.

Referee Jon Moss played an advantage when Tom Lawrence was cynically brought down but Andreas Pereira was unable to beat Davies from a tight angle with no options available in the middle. A second goal did duly arrive on 32 minutes when Harrop played a slick one-two with Lawrence and buried another sweet finish past Davies.

Marcus Haber had a shot beaten away by Joel Pereira from the restart and the trialist headed down for Winnall to hook over from close range soon afterwards. The final effort of the half came when Nana Boakye-Yiadom, at full stretch, again failed to hit the target.

After the break, Winnall robbed Thorpe but the skipper recovered to toe the ball back to Joel Pereira as Haber looked to get a shot away. Harrop left the field to generous applause from both sets of supporters while James Wilson was introduced at the expense of Andreas Pereira.

Although Marnick Vermijl fired straight at Davies and Winnall placed a shot too close to Joel Pereira, the chances started to dry up. Reuben Noble-Lazarus tried his luck from long range with a couple of powerful drives that flew over the bar but United struggled to carve out any more openings despite the arrival of substitute James Wilson.

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