U21s: Manchester United v Derby County

Friday 01 March 2024 21:41

Manchester United's Under-21s were beaten 4-2 by Derby County in Premier League 2 on Friday at Leigh Sports Village.

Tony Weston opened the scoring for the Rams after 28 minutes played, before Zach Baumann levelled the game with a low drive that sailed into the bottom corner of Jack Thompson's goal.

County then scored three times in just seven first-half minutes, with Weston, Cruz Allen and Adebayo Fapetu all finding the net.

Ethan Williams's deflected strike with just 20 minutes to play reduced the deficit, but it was the visitors who claimed all three points.
Zach Baumann in action for our young Reds.
Bidding to build on our recent victory against Manchester City last time out, Travis Binnion's side were asked questions of early on, with Sonny Aljofree vitally intercepting on two occasions to keep Derby at bay.

Fapetu's driving run and role played a huge part in the game's opening goal, as he combined with Max Bardell with a one-two down the right flank. Weston was then found by the former inside the box to tap home past Tom Myles to make it 1-0.

Our young Reds soon hit back to level, however, with Sam Murray's cut-back picking out Baumann who placed his effort past Thompson.
A mix-up at back then allowed County to retake the lead just seven minutes before the break, as Weston managed to beat both Huddlestone and Myles to the ball before prodding home into an empty net.

Allen then reacted quickest to make it 3-1 curling past United's goalkeeper, as Fapetu met Weston's cross to add another for Derby before the half-time whistle sounded.

As the second half began, United looked to up the ante and went close through both Williams and Musa respectively.
Victor Musa was chosen to start from the off at Leigh Sports Village.
Williams grabbed a goal back for Binnion's side with 22 minutes left on the clock, after twisting and turning to find half a yard inside the penalty area, before lashing an effort that seemed to take a deflection off a white shirt in the process.

Habeeb Ogunneye, introduced as a second-half substitute, could have made the final proceedings a tad more interesting, had he of steered his shot on target late on.

But it was the Rams who defended resolutely late on to claim all three points, thwarting our young Reds' advances as we played an additional eight minutes of injury time.
Ruben Curley battles for possession.


United: Myles; Nolan, Huddlestone, Aljofree, Murray; Baumann (Thwaites, 72), Curley (Ogunneye, 46); Williams, Oyedele (Armer, 89), Musa (Biancheri, 71); McNeill.

Subs not used: Plumley.

Goals: Williams 68.

Booked: Murray.