Aidan Barlow celebrates scoring for United Under-19s against Juventus.

Under-19s report: Juventus 2 United 2

Wednesday 07 November 2018 17:00

Manchester United lost our 100 per cent record in the UEFA Youth League but are still unbeaten, and top of Group H, after a 2-2 draw with Juventus on an artificial surface at the Serie A club's training ground.

The Reds trailed at half-time to Elia Petrelli's penalty and, after an own goal by Joao Serrao, Manolo Portanova restored the lead for the hosts. Aidan Barlow levelled from the spot and it remained all-square despite a frenetic finale to an exciting encounter.
Barlow's penalty midway through the second half earned the young Reds a creditable draw.

United created the game’s first chance when Mason Greenwood’s clever touch and spin allowed him to play an incisive one-two with D’Mani Mellor. However, when faced up by the advancing Leonardo Loria, the keeper denied the 17-year-old with a smart stop.

Greenwood continued to operate out wide with Mellor, on his full debut at this level, buzzing around centrally to worry the home defenders. The Reds looked pretty comfortable until Matteo Anzolin lured George Tanner into a challenge inside the box and the Turkish referee Hamit Ulil Meler pointed to the spot. Petrelli steered the penalty past Matej Kovar to open the scoring.

Angel Gomes, who almost looked like he had the ball on a string in midfield at times, was agonisingly close to an equaliser with a free-kick that drifted wide of Loria’s right-hand post. Juve responded with an ambitious long-ranger by Hans Nicolussi Caviglia, that ended up well off target, and a Manolo Portanova drive which was comfortably held by Kovar.

As half-time approached, there was a handball shout from another Gomes free-kick just outside the box and the skipper then supplied a cross from the right that Greenwood was unable to convert with his head.

The Reds really turned the screw after the interval and were unlucky to have a fine Greenwood strike disallowed for offisde, following a storming run by Lee O'Connor. Chong was then unable to turn in a Greenwood centre, following a neat touch by Mellor.

Tanner spurned a glorious chance, firing over after more good work by Greenwood, but the ball may have been out of play in any case and any goal would not have counted. In any case, the sides were soon level as Joao Serrao put through his own net from a move involving Barlow and Chong.

Back came Juventus, with Petrelli's reverse pass past O'Connor freeing Portanova, and he nicked the ball beyond Kovar to regain the lead within a couple of minutes. The drama continued as Riccardo Capellini tripped Greenwood inside the box and, despite a delay while the hosts were allowed to make a double substitution, Barlow kept his cool to make it 2-2 from the spot.

With the United attack really in the groove, and Aliou Traore prominent, Greenwood's shot deflected inches wide from another Chong delivery as Butt's side looked to edge in front for the first time. Barlow curled in an attempt, from Gomes's wonderful pass, which was narrowly off target.

Petrelli's effort wide suggested the Italians were still very much in the game, although Chong hit the bar from an acute angle with what appeared to be an intended cross.

Substitute Nicolo Fagioli warmed the hands of Kovar with a thumping shot but United's display fully merited at least a point and, with Young Boys winning 1-0 at Valencia, this was another positive result for the youngsters.

Match details: UEFA Youth League, Juventus Training Ground | Scorers: Petrelli 21 pen, Portanova 62; Serrao 60 og, Barlow 67 pen

United: Kovar; Tanner, Ercolani, O'Connor, B. Williams; Gomes (c), Chong, Traore, Barlow, Mellor; Greenwood. Subs not used: Fojticek, Galbraith, Levitt, McGhee, Puigmal, Baars, Ramazani.


The Reds have a final home match of the Group H schedule against Young Boys at Leigh Sports Village on 27 November.

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