United youngsters hit five past Burnley
Manchester United’s Under-18s swept to an impressive victory over Burnley at the Aon Training Complex on Saturday. Omari Forson claimed two of the goals with Alvaro Fernandez, Mateo Mejia and Noam Emeran also scoring in a 5-1 win.
It completed an early season double over Lancashire neighbours Burnley and Blackburn Rovers, who were beaten at The Cliff on the opening day of the campaign.
Beautiful blue skies with odd fluffy cloud gave the setting a mid-summer look but it was deceptive because the temperature was more like something akin to mid-winter. That didn’t, of course, bother the teams unduly as they went about their work in a suitably brisk fashion. Burnley were a team in hurry and their very first attack looked promising but Reds keeper Johan Guadagno was alert and smothered the threat.
United were quick to pick up the gauntlet and, in the eighth minut,e Forson took a short pass from Dillon Hoogewerf before beating Burnley keeper Sam Waller with a fierce drive.
The Reds’ confidence grew steadily following the that early breakthrough and we proceeded to keep the visitors’ defence and keeper Waller well occupied.
Waller was Burnley’s first-half top performer, making a string of excellent saves to ensure that his goal wasn’t breached again before the break.
The Clarets did have their moments and, in the 28th minute, Corey Brennan spotted Guadagno off his line and attempted an audacious long-ranger from the edge of the centre-circle but the United keeper stretched to comfortably collect the ball.
The second half largely belonged to United and we increased the lead, in the 65th minute courtesy of Fernandez’s ferocious strike, his first since signing from Real Madrid in the summer.
Forson grabbed his second goal of the game after 76 minutes, slamming the ball into the top corner, and then Burnley pulled one back, five minutes later, with a header from Kade Ratchford.
Just a minute from time, Mejia raised United’s total to four with a prodded finish after being played through by Dutchman Hoogewerf.
In the dying seconds, Burnley's Jack Leckie tugged Hoogewerf as he was homing in on goal and received a red card. From the free-kick, Emeran put the icing on the cake with a guided missile that deflected past a wrong-footed Waller.
United: Guadagno; Hughes (Dodgson 80), Bennett, Hardley, Fernandez; Hansen-Aarøen (Iqbal 69), Savage; Hoogewerf, Forson, Emeran; Mejia.
Substitutes: Mee, Pye, Gallagher-Allison.
Scorers: Forson 8,75 Fernandez 64, Mejia 89, Emeran 92) | Ratchford 81