Manchester United U23s: Set Up
The last time out for the Manchester United U23s was a difficult one. They suffered a crushing 3-0 away defeat to the Tottenham U23s. The last time these two played back in late November United were able to pull away with a 4-2 victory, however this game went a different direction. It was a tough match in which the squad fought hard, but overall it just wasn’t their day. The game was full of excitement with there being 7 yellow cards and 2 reds. The Reds fought hard but it just was not their day.
The game was a gritty match right away with Tottenham picking up the first yellow in the game 15 minutes in. There were not many clear scoring opportunities early in the game for either side, but in the 27th minute Spurs were given a penalty. The referee was harsh to award the penalty, but so is the way in football matches. Tottenham converted from the spot and it was 1-0. United looked to equalize with Joe Hugill, but Spurs keeper, Josh Oluwayemi, was equal to the shot. The Red Devils came close again through Ethan Galbraith, but were foiled on the goaline. There were two more yellow cards given out and that was the first half. It ended 1-0 Spurs.
Manchester United looked to get back into the game in the second half. However, their troubles worsened in the 64th minute. Defender Marcel Levinier’s shot took a deflection and found the back of the net for Tottenham. Now the game was 2-0 Spurs. However, things would get worse for United. In the 67th minute there was a tussle and when the dust settled Galbraith was given a straight Red. Hannibal and two other Spurs’ players received yellows in the dust up as well. The Manchester United U23s did not have to play a man down for long. In the 79th minute, George Marsh for Tottenham was given his marching orders, now the game was 10 v 10. However, Spurs went on to twist the dagger in the 85th minute, adding a goal from Kion Etete. The game ended 3-0 Tottenham.
Manchester United U23s: Wrap Up
his game was incredibly exciting stats wise, with 7 yellow cards, 2 reds, and 3 goals. However, none of these 3 goals fell in United’s favor. This is the second game in a row the Red’s have been reduced to 10 men. They will do well to keep all 11 on the field next time out, it might just work wonders. The Manchester United U23s now sit in 6th place on the PL2 table. They face West Ham next time out on April 9th at 2:00 PM EST. Hopefully the U23s can turn it around and get all three points.