THE ACADEMY

Premier Academy League
Carrington, Sat 13 March

MANCHESTER UNITED 1
Pogba 24

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1

United: Devlin; Fornasier (Brown 72), Thorpe, McGinty, Fryers; Lingard; Hussain, Pogba, Ajose; King (W.Keane 72), Cofie.
Subs not used: Johnstone, Giverin, Wootton.

Video: Extended highlights

14/03/2010 10:00, Report by Ben Hibbs & Mike Shaw
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U18s: United 1 N'castle 1

Paul Pogba earned United a point with a glancing first-half header against Newcastle, although it could have been all three points for the Reds had Joshua King not been denied by the woodwork.

Most of the action came in an entertaining first half, despite the blustery conditions at Carrington.

Powerful front pair King and John Cofie caused plenty of early problems for the visitors' defence, but it was Newcastle who took the lead on 11 minutes.

Despite the setback United continued to play some good, attacking football, and Paul McGuinness' youngsters didn't have to wait long for an equaliser.

From a free on the right side of the penalty area 25 yards from goal, Nick Ajose clipped in a precision cross and French teenager Pogba deftly directed his header in at the near post. It was nothing more than United deserved.

Norwegian front man King very nearly put United in front later in the half. Ajose sent his team-mate racing through on goal with a lofted pass into the left channel. King might have opted to cross the ball but instead lashed a shot goalwards, only to see it rattle off the crossbar.

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