U21s: Middlesbrough v Manchester United

Friday 08 March 2024 21:05

Manchester United's Under-21s lost 3-2 against Middlesbrough on Friday evening, in our latest Premier League 2 outing.

Our young Reds raced into a two-goal lead during the first 45 minutes and went ahead when Ashton Missin fired past Shea Connor, finishing a slick team move in the process.

United then scored a second just four minutes before the break, with Charlie McNeill's low cross into the area tapped into his own net by Jack Hannah.

Middlesbrough pulled a goal back in first-half stoppage time, as Sonny Finch latched onto a mistake at the back to curl past Elyh Harrison.

The visitors completed their comeback through Finch and then Ajay Matthews in the second period, with the latter scoring just six minutes before the final whistle.
Sonny Aljofree battles for the ball in the north-east.
Boro started the brighter of the two teams and went close early on. A short corner routine was played out towards Lew McCabe, as he volleyed a strike that narrowly missed Elyh Harrison's goal.

McNeill then looked to play in Ethan Wheatley soon after, with the United no.10 opting to take his shot first time, before watching the ball whizz past Connor's goal.

Travis Binnion's side opened the scoring after 29 minutes played, with Harry Amass first picking out Wheatley. The latter then waited for Missin's advancing run, before he smashed home at the near post to score the first of the evening.

Soon after, our advantage became two, as Hannah put through his own net much to his despair, following a teasing low cross into the box by McNeill from the left flank.

A mistake at the back allowed Finch to grab a goal back just before the half-time whistle sounded, curling past Harrison to reduce our advantage to just one. 
Maxi Oyedele was the first United player to try his luck as the second half began at Bishop Auckland, fizzing a shot that sailed just wide of Connor's goal.

Middlesbrough drew left just eight minutes later, as Lew McCabe picked out Finch who found both time and space to place his effort into the bottom corner of Harrison's net.

Zach Baumann and Tom Huddlestone both saw their own efforts go wide as we chased a vital go-ahead goal, with Harry Amass also continuing to threaten down the left flank.

But a break away from the home side involving Finch and Matthews turned out to be pivotal, as the latter saw his shot take a deflection off Sam Murray, before flying over United's young keeper to complete a turnaround.
Maxi Oyedele looks on during the second half at Heritage Park.

Harrison; Murray, Aljofree (c), Huddlestone, Missin; Baumann (Musa, 87), Curley (Thwaites, 66); Amass, Oyedele, Wheatley (Ennis,66); McNeill.

Subs not used: Plumley.

Scorers: Missin 29, Hannah OG 41.