Manchester United's Under-18s returned to our free-scoring ways with a comfortable victory over Newcastle United at the Aon Training Complex on Saturday afternoon.
This was the second consecutive Saturday that Newcastle had travelled south to Manchester. Last weekend, the teams met in the Under-18 Premier League Cup, with United running out 1-0 winners thanks to Anthony Elanga’s goal, while this game saw the lads back in league action.
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The best pics from our Under-18s' win over Newcastle at the Aon Training Complex.
Last week we had to wait until 20 minutes from the end before the deadlock was broken, but eight days on and it was a completely different story. United took the game to the visitors and, in the 13th minute, Ethan Galbraith found the net to give the Reds a flying start.
The Magpies were certainly being put under pressure from the earliest moments of this match and it really came as no surprise when Aliou Traore added a second goal just after the half-hour mark.
The visitors’ goalkeeper, Langley, and the defence in front of him, was being kept busy and Newcastle’s plight was soon to get worse, for within two minutes, Galbraith had fired home his second of the game and United were looking comfortable with a three-goal cushion.
United continued to dominate possession and excursions into the Newcastle penalty area were just as regular as in the first half. The Reds could have easily doubled our output, but for Langley’s terrific goalkeeping that saw him some excellent saves.
Teden Mengi, Di’Shon Bernard and Charlie McCann were three United players who looked certain to add their names to the scoresheet and they would have done but for Langley’s heroics.
MANCHESTER UNITED UNDER-18S 3 (Galbraith 13, 33, Traore 31)
NEWCASTLE UNITED UNDER-18S 0
United: Thompson; Laird (McGhee 46), Mengi, Bernard, B. Williams; Levitt, Traore, Galbraith; Puigmal, Greenwood (Mellor 46), Elanga (McCann 62).
Substitutes not used: Al-Chelabi, Bejger