James Garner and Brandon Williams celebrate a goal for Manchester United Under-23s against Newcastle United

Under-23s: The story so far in 2019/20

It’s been a great start to the season for Manchester United Under-23s, with Neil Wood’s side making strong progress in two competitions.

The Reds currently sit second in Premier League 2 Division 2, having won five of our seven games to date.

James Garner in particular has started the campaign in fine goalscoring fettle, netting in big away wins at West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United, as well as the 2-0 victory over Reading at Leigh Sports Village.

Our youngsters were given the opportunity to trot out at Old Trafford, where a late goal from Largie Ramazani – one of five the 18-year-old has struck in 2019/20 – secured a 2-2 draw against early leaders West Ham United.

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Largie Ramazani celebrates after scoring against Norwich City.
Watch all of our Under-23s' goals so far this season.

Home wins over Fulham and Norwich City have followed, with the three points against the Cottagers secured late on in an absorbing match which saw goalkeeper Matej Kovar save an injury-time penalty.

The only league defeat thus far came away at Aston Villa with several players either injured or called up to first-team duty – but Aliou Traore’s consolation effort in that game was certainly one to remember.

Our first foray into the Leasing.com trophy saw our youngsters drawn alongside the senior teams of Doncaster Rovers, Lincoln City and Rotherham United.

Goals from Ethan Laird and Ramazani got us off the mark in fine style at Rotherham, while Garner’s solitary strike helped see off Lincoln and move the Reds into pole position in Group H.

A point from our next game – at Doncaster on 29 October – will ensure progress to the next round.

UNDER-23S GOALSCORERS

6: James Garner
5: Largie Ramazani
2: Tahith Chong, Dylan Levitt, D’Mani Mellor
1: Angel Gomes, Ethan Laird, Aliou Traore

Our next game involves a trip down to South Wales to play Swansea City in Premier League 2 Division 2 on Monday 21 October. Kick-off is at 19:00 BST and the match will be shown live on MUTV.

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