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Josh Bohui in action for the Under-23s against West Ham.

Under-23s match report: United 0 West Ham 3

Second-half goals by Grady Diangana, Toni Martinez and Martin Samuelson sank Manchester United's Under-23s as West Ham United triumphed at the Leigh Sports Village.

The Reds were reduced to 10 men when Luca Ercolani was shown a straight red card a minute after Diangana's opener, and the Londoners took full advantage to inflict a heavy defeat.

The first half was a very tight affair with the hosts managing five shots on target, compared to the Hammers' one, as Joe Riley offered a threat and dragged a shot wide following a fabulous solo run. At the other end, Martinez was unable to convert a clear opening with his head at the far post and Sead Haksabanovic was thwarted by home keeper Theo Richardson.

James Wilson hooked a Demi Mitchell cross over the bar but the second half started badly for United, with Ethan Hamilton caught by a poor challenge and left receiving treatment. A neat move led to Riley's fizzing shot being pushed over by Nathan Trott but the mood completely changed soon afterwards.
James Wilson in action against West Ham at Leigh Sports Village.
The first half was a very tight affair with United managing five shots on target compared to West Ham's one

Mitchell's fine defending conceded a corner, which Diangana converted at the second attempt from close range, after his initial effort was superbly flipped onto the bar by Richardson. Ercolani was then dismissed for a high challenge on Diangana and the Hammers capitalised.

Richardson made a great low save to deny Martinez but had no chance when the striker, who scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture at the London Stadium, was left unmarked to nod in a cross by the excellent Diangana. Sloppy defending let in Samuelson for a simple third, as he smashed past Richardson from the left-hand side of the box.

Another brilliant stop by Richardson prevented Martinez, who had earlier seen a goal disallowed, from adding a fourth, while a positive note for the Reds was a Reserves debut for Angel Gomes, who came on in the 70th minute. The England Under-17 star can be pleased with his input, despite the result, as he tested Trott with a couple of trademark free-kicks.

United: Richardson; Riley, Ercolani, R. Williams, Mitchell; Redmond, Scott (Gomes 70); Olosunde, Hamilton (Warren 77), Bohui (Boonen 70); Wilson.

Subs not used: M. Johnstone, Buffonge.

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