MATCH RECAP: Manchester United U23s vs West Ham U23s

LEIGH, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Brandon Williams of Manchester United U23s in action during the Premier League 2 match between Manchester United U23s and West Ham United U23s at Leigh Sports Village on April 09, 2021 in Leigh, England. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Set Up: Manchester United U23s

Manchester United U23s looked to bounce back from their crushing 3-0 Spurs loss. However, West Ham’s U23s played spoiler in this one. If the game had ended in the 56th minute, then United would have won 2-0. Sadly though the game did not end then; West Ham stormed back with 3 goals. To be more specific, Ademipo Odubeko, scored 3 goals for West Ham. This hat trick was enough to sink United’s hopes of 3 points.

First Half

United started off the game sending attack after attack against West Ham. The Hammers held strong and kept United from scoring. Gradually West Ham began attacking United more and more. However, Nathan Bishop did well to keep them out. Noam Emeran, making his first start for United, did well on the right wing. Emeran looked like a real threat attacking the West Ham defense. The first half did not have much action aside from two yellow cards, one for either team. The half ended at 0-0.

Second Half

The second half certainly made up for the goalless first half. United started the half well with Mark Helm finishing a clever cross from Alvaro Fernandez for the opener in the 49th minute. Then, 6 minutes later, Anthony Elanga scored an absolute beauty of a goal to make it 2-0 United. Sadly, the game did not end there though. West Ham’s Odubeko, only waited four minutes to begin his scoring. Odubeko made it 2-1 in the 59th and equalized to make it 2-2 in the 72nd. Then heartbreak happened in stoppage time, Odubeko completed his hat trick and completed West Ham’s comeback. The game ended 2-3 in West Ham’s favor.

Wrap Up: Manchester United U23s

Five goals in a second half is always a thrill, however it is much better when you get at least three of those five goals. The U23s did very well to go up two goals early in the game, but had trouble seeing out the game. Losing a game in stoppage time is always a difficult pill to swallow. United will have to do just that, with their next opponents being the noisy neighbors themselves, Manchester City. Hopefully, the Manchester United U23s can find a way to put an end to this two game losing streak.

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