U21s: Manchester United v Manchester City

Monday 19 February 2024 21:14

Manchester United's Under-21s overcame local rivals Manchester City 2-1 at Leigh Sports Village on Monday evening, in our latest Premier League 2 encounter.

Ethan Wheatley handed our young Reds the lead after 35 minutes played, following a neat pass from Ethan Williams out wide. The former made no mistake from close range, as he slotted home past True Grant to open the scoring.

Just nine minutes into the second half, our advantage became two thanks to experienced midfielder Tom Huddlestone. Williams's corner was picked up by our no.6 on the evening, and he made no mistake from the edge of the box.

Stephen Mfuni pulled a goal back for City with half an hour remaining, bending an effort past Dermot Mee to make it 2-1.

Travis Binnion's side played the final ten minutes of the game with a man less after Sam Mather was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident.
Ethan Williams looks to pick a pass for United.

Williams was handed the game’s first effort after just a few minutes under the lights at LSV, with Grant called into action to deny him in the early stages.

Jacob Wright tested Mee's early resolve in the young Reds' net after half an hour gone, with the City midfielder failing to steer his shot on target.

United then took the lead shortly after, with Toby Collyer winning the ball back well to dispossess Matthew Henderson-Hall. Williams then clipped a pass over to Wheatley on the far side, as he tucked home our first of the evening.

Joel Ndala's close control earned him half a yard inside the area as the first half drew to a close. Managing to muster a shot, the Blues' no.11 was, like his other team-mates, kept at bay by Mee.

Micah Hamilton was the first City player to test United's young keeper during the second 45 minutes, as Mee dived well to his left to keep his clean sheet intact. Kane Taylor attempted to follow up soon after, but was thwarted by the outstretched leg of Willy Kambwala.

However, after 54 minutes, United were two to the good thanks to Huddlestone. A corner delivery from Williams was half cleared by the visitors, with the ball falling kindly to our player-coach, as he rifled home past Grant.

Substitute Stephen Mfuni then pulled a goal back for City as we reached the final half an hour. His curling drive seemed to take a knick off a United shirt, before looping over Mee to make it 2-1.

Sam Mather was then shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident on the halfway line, meaning United would have to play the final eleven minutes a man light.

With eleven extra added on by referee Stuart Morland, our Under-21s hung on to claim victory in PL2, keeping City out in the final stages.
Tom Huddlestone's goal on 60 minutes helped United on the way to victory.

Mee; Ogunneye, Aljofree, Kambwala, Murray; Huddlestone, Collyer; Williams (Nolan, 82), Scanlon (Jackson, 90+1), Mather; Wheatley (McNeill, 73).

Subs not used: Myles, Amass.

Goals: Wheatley 35, Huddlestone 60.

Booked: Ogunneye, Kambwala.

Sent off: Mather.

City: Grant; Henderson-Hall (Mfuni, 45), Susoho, Simpson-Pusey, Galvez; Taylor (Adam, 81), Wright, Breckin (Lawrence, 90+9), Hamilton, O'Reilly (Tibidi, 71), Ndala.

Subs not used: Murray-Jones.

Goals: Mfuni 60.

Booked: Susoho, Hamilton, Simpson-Pusey.