Reds edged out in mini-Manchester derby
Manchester United's Under-18s were narrowly beaten in the mini-derby with City as Martin Svidersky's goal proved in vain with the Blues winning 2-1.
After a goalless first half, Juan Larios was sent off but the hosts soon took the lead with a contentious penalty by Tai Sodje. Martin Svidersky levelled, only for Carlos Borges to make a swift response, much to United's frustration.
Svidersky was inches away from netting a second equaliser with the final touch of the game, deep into stoppage time.
Ten minutes into the half, Dillon Hoogewerf looked odds–on to put United in front as he raced upfield with a posse of City defenders in hot pursuit. The Blues’ goalkeeper James McNamara was all that stood between the Dutch youngster and the opening goal. He was just about to enter the penalty area when City’s Spanish defender Larios reached out to tug his shirt.The referee brandished the red card and Larios departed for the dressing room whilst the ensuing free-kick was swept over the City crossbar by Emeran.
Barely two minutes later, City were in front after Bjorn Hardley had been adjudged to have fouled Sodje and were awarded a penalty which Sodje confidently converted himself.
This was quickly turning into an action-packed encounter and the drama continued six minutes later when United grabbed an equaliser in extraordinary circumstances. Keeper McNamara had received the ball and was in the process of passing to team-mate Romeo Lavia when Reds’skipper Svidersky nipped in to put his side on level terms.
The pendulum appeared to have swung United’s way once more but, remarkably, just three minutes later, we found ourselves trailing once more. And it was conditions that played a huge role when United keeper Dermot Mee miscued the ball on the slippery surface and it spun to winger Borges, who made no mistake.
United did all we could in the closing stages to get at least some reward for the trip across Manchester as chances came and went, with new signing Alejandro Garnucho, Hoogewerf, Rhys Bennett and, with the last touch of the game, Svidersky all went close to forcing an equaliser.
Manchester City 2 (Sodje 57 (pen), Borges 66)
Manchester United 1 (Svidersky 63)
United: Mee; Hughes, Bennett, Hardley, Pye; Svidersky, Savage (Iqbal 75), Hoogwerf, Forson, Emeran; Mejia (Mainoo 16 (Garnacho 77)).
Subs not used: Guadagno, Murray.
Sent off: Laros 54.