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UEFA Youth League, Group A
Salford City Stadium, 4pm BST

MANCHESTER UNITED 4
(Wilson 4, 89pen Pearson 10, A.Pereira 71)

BAYER LEVERKUSEN 3
(Brasnic 28, 29 Wagener 61)

17/09/2013 16:53, Report by Adam Marshall
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U19: Utd 4 Leverkusen 3

injury to Pearson seemed to unsettle the Reds' rhythm as he played on before being substituted and Leverkusen led for the first time when Maximillian Wagener latched onto a stray pass in midfield and advanced to stroke the ball wide of Gollini.

To their credit, United hit back when Sam Byrne had a shot saved and Pereira was on hand to rifle in the rebound to make it 3-3. Both teams had chances, Henrichs seeing a header clawed away by Gollini, and Wilson speeding through only to shoot against Schnitzler's legs before a second yellow card saw McNair sent off with quarter of an hour remaining.

Louis Rowley made a vital block to frustrate Francesco Gibaldi as the Reds withstood the inevitable late pressure and Wilson came up trumps with a minute remaining, using his pace to outstrip Marlon Frey and being sent crashing to the ground. Wilson dusted himself down to blast home the winner from 12 yards to seal a memorable triumph.

United: Gollini; Weir (Willock 69), McNair, Ioannou, Rowley; Pearson (Harrop 69), Grimshaw, Rothwell, A.Pereira (Evans 86); Byrne, Wilson. Subs not used: J.Pereira, Fletcher, Barber.

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