U23s: McTominay helps Reds pass French test
Manchester United's Under-23s garnered more invaluable experience against European opposition on Friday night, following up the recent 0-0 draw with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven by overcoming crack French side Paris Saint-Germain 3-0.
There was something of a surprise for United’s supporters when they received the teamsheet ahead of the game. The Reds’ line-up was comprised of the usual Under-23 regulars but there was one stand-out inclusion - Scott McTominay. Most of the fans would have expected the Scotland international to have been 200 miles away in North London, preparing with the first-team squad for the Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie that kicked-off 55 minutes later than this game.
With United required to win the game by at least a three-goal margin to reach the next round, Scott's early strike was just what the doctor ordered!
The visitors, whose squad was depleted to the point they could only name three subs, steadied themselves to some degree following that unnerving triple blast from United. But while the French side began to see more of the ball, the end product rarely succeeded in troubling Reds goalkeeper Alex Fojtíček.
United's Slovenian shot-stopper had to be alert again in the 75th minute, to push away Virgiliu Postolachi's point-blank effort.
As the game approached its final stages, United needed to tread carefully because the improved performance from the French side suggested that they were certainly capable of finding the net and consequently putting Sbragia’s side out of the competition.
United: Fojtíček; Tanner, Ercolani, Williams R-S., O’Connor; Willock (Barlow 70), Whelan, McTominay; Chong, Burkart (Dearnley 70), Bohui.
Substitutes not used: Warren, Woolston, Buffonge, Olosunde.
Scorers: McTominay 2; Chong 6, 17.