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MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Fletcher 14, Byrne 55, og 57)

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07/01/2013 10:22, Report by Adam Marshall

Rovers beaten in friendly

United's Academy side enjoyed a 3-0 victory against Tranmere Rovers in a friendly at Carrington on Saturday.

Strikers Ashley Fletcher and Sam Byrne got on the scoresheet and an own goal added to the scoreline when a Demetre Mitchell effort found its way into the net.

The Reds were without a number of regulars at this level due to the participation in the Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup in Germany, allowing a run-out for the likes of Kieran O'Hara, Josh Harrop and Mitchell.

Meanwhile, the six-a-side tournament ended on a positive note for United, with the youngsters clearly getting to grips with the indoor game.

Ben Pearson and James Weir netted in a 2-1 victory against Borussia Dortmund before defeat to Mainz by the same scoreline with Pearson again finding the net.

A 7-2 thumping of Lazio in the final fixture featured a first-half hat-trick from the outstanding Pearson. Mats Daehli bagged a brace while Jack Barmby and James Wilson also got in on the act.

United starting line-up (v Tranmere): O'Hara; Wilkinson, Ioannou, McNair, Wilkinson; Rudge, Harrop, Rothwell, Mitchell; Byrne, Fletcher.

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