Under-18s: West Brom 3 United 4
Manchester United’s Under-18s were involved in another splendid ding-dong battle before claiming our fourth win of the season away at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
A week ago it was a seven-goal thriller against Blackburn Rovers and that scoreline was replicated in this thoroughly entertaining Premier League Under-18 fixture.
Having done the sums after first half it wasn’t before they were out of date because, six minutes into the second period, United had restored parity with Greenwood involved again in setting up the overlapping Brandon Williams to grab United’s third of the afternoon with a clever finish.Williams’s goal launched United into our best spell of the game and the visitors were so unlucky not have regained the lead when long range shots from Dylan Levitt and Ethan Laird missed the intended target by inches.
However, help was at hand and, in the 68th minute, United were back in the lead and, predictably, it was yet another terrific goal from the on-fire Greenwood. There appeared to be little real danger for Albion, but Greenwood is proficient at making the most of a tight space and he showed that extraordinary talent again to blast United back in front with an explosive left-foot drive. This was certainly not an easy victory for United, but their command of the game in the second period proved to be decisive.
United: Fojticek; Laird, Mengi, Bernard, B. Williams; Traore, Levitt, McCann (Stanley 70); Elanga (Mellor 70), Greenwood, Galbraith. Subs not used: Mee, Bejger, McGhee.
West Brom 3 (Soule 21, Brown 40, Tulloch 44)
United 4 (Greenwood 10 68, Traore 37, B, Williams 51)