The Manchester United U23s have played 3 matches since the last American Red Devils U23 update. They remain in 4th place, but only 1 point behind Arsenal in 3rd. United has impressed over the last few weeks, having beat Chelsea 1-0 and drawing with Arsenal 1-1. Although, the lads did start out he return to football post international break with a 3-2 defeat away to Leicester City. Things are looking good though overall for the young Red Devils, but they need to keep their foot on the gas to close out the season. Liverpool and Leicester sit just 2 points behind United.
Let’s break down the Manchester United U23s recent matches, catch up with some of our young loanees, and look forward to the remainder of the season.
Leicester: 3 – Manchester United U23: 2
This match is tough to analyze. Manchester United fell behind early with Lewis Brunt scoring in the 17′ and would go on to concede two more times before the half. United were down 3-0 at halftime, but arguably didn’t deserve to be. The lads showed their resilience and fight by winning the second half 2-0 falling just a goal short of a tremendous comeback. Shoretire scored in the 70′ giving the hosts a hectic ending to the match. Both sides always looked capable of scoring and in the end Leicester City probably got what they deserved.
United controlled the possession overwhelmingly at 63% and had 12 shots. Meanwhile Leicester only had 37% of the ball with half as many passes, but they did outshoot United with 14 attempts. This was a tough match to play away just after an international break. The result was disappointing but considering the circumstances and the fight the team showed in the second half, its something the lads can hold their heads up about.
Manchester United U23: 1 – Chelsea: 0
The young Red Devils won a tough match over the London Blues 1-0. The match was very tight but United did pepper Chelsea’s goal consistently and probably deserved another goal or two. Alejandro Garnacho was the difference in the end having scored in the 36′. The result could be seen as somewhat concerning given that Chelsea currently sit second to last place, but United certainly deserved another goal at least. United outshot Chelsea 22 to 8 and just out possessed the blues 51-49%.
Alejandro Garnacho has continued to show his class week in week out for the U23s. Surely Eric Ten Hag will have to give Garnacho serious consideration for breaking into the first team next season. The victory over Chelsea secured United in 4th place and put them back on track.
Manchester United U23s: 1 – Arsenal: 1
The U23s drew with Arsenal on April 22nd in their most recent match. The Red Devils certainly deserved so much more from this match having outshot Arsenal 14-9 and out possessed the gunners 65% to 35%. Right winger Noam Emeran was the lone goal scorer for the red devils.
This was a vital matchup for United’s U23 top 4 hopes as they’re chasing Arsenal and have Liverpool breathing down their necks. United would travel to Liverpool for their next league match.
Liverpool: 3 – Manchester United U23s: 1
The U23 Red Devils went to Liverpool for their latest match on May 1st. This was a key matchup for both sides as a win or draw would help United keep hold on 4th place, meanwhile a win for Liverpool would see them leapfrog United. Unfortunately things got off to a very rocky start for the young lads. Shoretire would score an own goal just 5 minutes into the match, handing Liverpool an early lead.
United tried to fight back after a Ferreyra strike to level the match at 1-1 but surrendered another goal on the 33′. The possession was just about equal with United just controlling that stat line at 53%, but Liverpool was happy to concede possession more often than not as they played a majority of the match with the lead. Liverpool also outshot United 12-5 but it was 4-4 for shots on target.
Going away, especially to Liverpool, is never easy. The pressure was on in this match. United fought well but overall didn’t do enough to deserve anymore than what they got. The bright spot was Garnacho’s beautifully taken strike to level the affair on 20′. You can watch Garnacho’s goal here.
This was the final league match of the season, meaning United’s U23’s will also finish outside the top 4. They currently sit 5th just one point behind Liverpool but both United an Liverpool could be overtaken as both Tottenham (2) and Leicester (1) have game(s) in hand.
There was a lot of positives to take away from the U23 season, but losing out on a top 4 finish on the final day is certainly deflating.
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Facundo Pellistri has failed to impress thus far in La Liga. He’s made 34 appearances for Alaves and has yet to score a goal. Ten Hag will have decide where he wants the young Uruguayan starlet next season.
James Garner has been fantastic on his loan spell with Nottingham Forest. He’s been part of the side as they’ve knocked both Arsenal and Leicester out of the FA cup and is a key starter to a Championship side chasing promotion. Look for him in the Championship playoff. Perhaps next year could see Garner break into the United first team.
Brandon Williams has looked decent with Norwich, but his performances are hard to rate given Norwich is just so awful. Williams will most likely get a solid shout for Left Back next season.
Diallo, Martial, Tuanzebe, Van de Beek, and Tahith Chong have all looked dismal on their loan spells.
That’s just about it this season for the U23’s unfortunately. But, let’s be honest, all United fans and players can’t wait for this club season to just end and look forward to next season. We’ll take another look at our loan players and give them some season grades in the coming weeks!