U19s: Galatasaray v United

Wednesday 29 November 2023 13:05

Manchester United’s Under-19s have been beaten 1-0 in our UEFA Youth League clash with Galatasaray.

Despite a positive start from Travis Binnion’s side, it was the hosts who struck first to score the only goal of the game, courtesy of Baran Demiroglu. 

United had plenty of the ball in the second half, but couldn’t quite find the finishing touch in Istanbul. 
Willy Kambwala captaining United's Under-19s.
Met with torrential rain in Istanbul, both sides took their time to get to grips with the soaked surface they were playing on, and it would be the Reds who had the first sight of goal. Bursting down the left, James Scanlon dragged a powerful effort towards the far post but it strung the gloves of Jankat Yilmaz. 

The hosts soon found their rhythm and 11 minutes in took the lead. Beknaz Almazbekov's winding run on the right saw him pull the ball back into Demiroglu whose first-time finish flew beyond Elyh Harrison to give Galatasaray the advantage. 

Binnion’s side looked to finish the first half strongly, in search of an equaliser, but despite a handful of openings, the Reds were unable to trouble Yilmaz between the sticks and went in at the break a goal down. 
United proved the brighter of the two teams for large spells in the second half, with Yilmaz making the difference for Galatasaray between the sticks. Jack Fletcher was among those to threaten the goal, but his effort from the edge of the area fizzed just wide of the mark. 

Soon after denying Scanlon, as he did in the first half, Yilmaz pulled off another big stop to prevent Isak Hansen-Aaroen’s effort squeezing in at the far post, parrying it back into his box before it was cleared. 

United continued to pile on the pressure in difficult conditions, caused by torrential rain in Istanbul, but it wasn’t meant to be despite a valiant effort from Binnion’s side. 
Jack Fletcher in action for United.

United: Harrison; Kingdon, Kambwala, Nolan; Scanlon, J. Fletcher, Fitzgerald (Sharpe 57), T. Fletcher (Curley 57), Ogunneye (McAllister 70); Wheatley, Hansen-Aaroen.

Unused substitutes: Wooster, Jackson, Missin, Musa. 

Bookings: Kambwala 72.