U21s: West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United

Monday 18 March 2024 21:00

Manchester United's Under-21s ran out 3-0 winners at the Hawthorns on Monday evening in our latest Premier League 2 outing of the season.

Albion defender Aaron Harper-Bailey put through his own net after just 17 minutes played, following a low cross into the area from Charlie McNeill.

Ethan Ennis then made it two just before the half-time interval, tapping home into an empty net after some neat play out wide from McNeill in the build-up.

The scoring was completed just after the hour mark, as McNeill found the net himself following a long pass out from the back from defender Sonny Aljofree.
Ethan Ennis peels away in celebration after his goal at the Hawthorns.
West Brom were handed the first opening after just seven minutes gone in the Midlands, with Harry Whitwell crossing for Jovan Malcolm who headed just wide of Elyh Harrison's far post.

Ashton Missin then galloped forward on the right before flashing a ball across the six-yard area that narrowly missed the outstretched leg of Ennis.

A counterattack from our young Reds brought the opener as Travis Binnion's side took the lead. Harrison's quick-thinking set Omari Forson free, before he played in McNeill just inside the penalty area.

Taking one touch before crossing, the 20-year-old saw his low cross poked into his own net by Harper-Bailey as United went in front.

Toby Collyer then stole possession high up as we went in search of a second. Baring down a goal, Ben Cisse produced a strong save to keep our lead at just one.
A long-range strike from Eseosa Sule thundered across the crossbar as the first half went on, with Harrison then producing a fine save to deny Deago Nelson in the aftermath.

Our lead became two just moments later however, with McNeill again involved throughout. His first-time cross was neatly tapped home by Ennis, doubling United's advantage.

The second half was controlled throughout by Binnion's men, as McNeill and Missin combined well once more. The latter flashed an effort just wide of Cisse's goal shortly after the restart.

With 67 minutes on the clock it was three and McNeill's hard work was duly rewarded, as he lofted the ball over Albion's goalkeeper, following a neat pass out through midfield from Aljofree.

United continued to dominate the ball in the final stages, with Forson and Baumann both going close late on.
A positive evening in the Midlands for our young Reds.

United: Harrison; Ogunneye (Fredricson, 85), Aljofree, Kambwala, Murray; Collyer (c), Baumann (Curley, 67); Missin (Mantato, 85), Ennis (Williams, 46), Forson; McNeill.

Subs not used: Plumley.

Goals: Harper-Bailey 17, Ennis 37, McNeill 67.