United's Under-18s picked up three useful points by beating Crewe Alexandra on Wednesday afternoon, courtesy of some fine goals at Carrington.
Adnan Januzaj opened the scoring with his first Academy goal for the Reds, heading home from Charni Ekangamene's looping left-wing cross in the 28th minute. The score remained 1-0 until just past the hour mark when Jack Barmby, United's scorer in last Friday's defeat at Liverpool, unleashed a ferocious drive past Crewe goalkeeper Ben Garratt.
Gyliano van Velzen put United 3-0 up when he latched onto a fine pass from Kenji Gorre and shot goalwards with the ball rolling over the line after Garratt got a hand to it. Jack Rudge added a fourth five minutes later with another long-range strike following a lay-off by substitute Paddy McNair.
The only blemish, perhaps, was the consolation goal conceded to Crewe's Michael Koral four minutes from time, thus denying Joe Coll a clean sheet. However, after five games without a win, the Reds can feel well pleased with the victory with Garratt also pulling off saves to deny the likes of the elegant Januzaj, van Velzen and McNair.
United: Coll, Love, Ekangamene (Wilkinson, 65), Blackett, McCullough, Hendrie, Gorre, Rudge, van Velzen, Januzaj, Barmby (McNair, 71). Subs not used: Jacob, Pearson, Daehli.