Under-21s' Old Trafford clash evokes memories

Monday 22 January 2024 16:00

Manchester United's Under-21s will be in action at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, when Norwich City provide the opposition - just as they did for a classic second-string match seven years ago.

Tickets for this weekend's Premier League 2 encounter are on sale now, priced at only £3 for adults and £1.50 for under-16s.

The game, which cannot be shown live on MUTV due to broadcasting restrictions, kicks at 15:00 GMT.

Ahead of the clash, we've delved into the archives to show action from our Theatre of Dreams meeting with the East Anglians in February 2016.

Watch highlights of our 7-0 victory over Norwich in 2015/16, featuring five goals for Will Keane.

First-team boss Louis van Gaal opted to give senior forward Memphis a run-out in the fixture but Academy graduate Will Keane stole the show with five of the goals in a 7-0 win on the night.

Will felt the brilliant chip he scored was one of his best in the United shirt and our video of the victory above is well worth watching, as it features some excellent attacking play by Warren Joyce's side.

Keane started the rout with a simple finish from a pass from current Fulham star Andreas Pereira and he was also on hand to double the lead, tapping in a quite brilliant assist by Memphis.

After the break, Memphis again did well in his approach work to allow the centre-forward to cheekily lift his finish over a defender and complete his hat-trick.

There was no respite for Norwich's youngsters, as Andreas slotted in a penalty in front of the Stretford End, before a moment of real magic. Keane weaved his way into space before chipping superbly over Remi Matthews, to earn applause from around the ground.

Memphis claimed another assist when Tim Fosu-Mensah raided forward to produce a cool finish and the scoring was completed by Keane showing strength to hold off his marker and fire in a pass by James Weir.

Incidentally, it was pleasing to see Will in the news again at the weekend, opening the scoring for Preston North End after just two minutes of their 2-1 away defeat to Leeds United. Another ex-Red, Dan James, equalised for the hosts only four minutes later.