THE ACADEMY

Premier Academy League
27 April 2010, Platt Lane

MANCHESTER CITY 2
Benali 24, Bunn 27

MANCHESTER UNITED 3
Pogba 60, King 75, 90

United: Devlin; Brown, Thorpe, Wootton, McGinty (Cofie 73); Morrison, Pogba, Tunnicliffe, Ajose; King, Keane.
Subs: Johnstone, Lingard, Cole, Fornasier.

Video: Extended highlights
27/04/2010 11:56, Report by Ben Hibbs, James Lynch
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U18s: City 2 United 3

There's just something about late winners against Manchester City this season, and it's not confined to the first-team after United's Under-18s came from 2-0 down to beat the Blues 3-2 on Tuesday.



Ahmad Benali and Harry Bunn gave City a first-half lead after United twice failed to deal with set-pieces for the home side.

Joshua King was denied penalty kicks either side of the half-time break. But it was the Reds' spirit and determination to get something out of the game in the second half – and the team's attacking strength – that shone through.

Paul Pogba hauled United back into the contest with a fine goal on the hour mark. The wonderful skill, poise and balance took him clear of three City defenders on the edge of the box before rifling the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Then, with striker John Cofie thrown on as a substitute for defender Sean McGinty, the Reds really went for it. Within two minutes of the change on 73 minutes, King had fired in United's second – a spectacular shot from 18 yards in off the crossbar.

ThenUnited weren't finished there; with 90 minutes on the clock, King rose

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