Manchester United U23 vs Brighton U23 – Set Up
It was Manchester United U23s vs Brighton U23s last time out. The match ended 0-0, but it could have been much worse. This team certainly has some offensive heroes, but in this match their heroes came on the defensive side of the ball. It is always difficult to shut a team out, but it is even harder to do it when playing a man down. Overall the Red’s will look back and think what could have been , but be satisfied with a draw. Let’s breakdown the 0-0 draw in the Manchester United U23s vs Brighton U23.
The action in this match started quickly with Manchester United’s captain William Fish getting sent off with a straight red card in the 6th minute. Fish can hardly complain about the red card. He fouled an attacker that was away on goal and he was the last defender. All though, United’s offense was able to ask some questions of Brighton’s keeper, the first half was primarily a defensive endeavor. The squad was fighting for survival with just 10 men on the field. United’s keeper, Matej Kovar, was an absolute brick wall in the goal. He was repeatedly bailing the Red’s out all game. Kovar and the defense held strong and the first half ended 0-0.
In the second half the Manchester United U23s were able to ask more questions of Brighton’s backline. They were unlucky to not score on a number of occasions. It is difficult to say whether they could have gotten a goal had Hannibal been running around out there, but one will never know. For a majority of the second half though, United continued to endure wave after wave of Brighton attack. Wave after wave, shot after shot though, Kovar was able to keep them out. There were times in the second half where it almost looked as if United could have come away with the victory. However, when the final whistle blew and the score stood at 0-0, the boys would have been quite relieved that the game was over.
United was certainly lucky to get a draw in this one. A point is lucky for any team playing with ten men for a majority of the game. Matej Kovar would definitely be the man of the match. His strong performance in between the pipes helped the squad secure the point. One bright spot of news is that Hannibal has made a recovery and should be coming back to the U23s soon. Also there was news this week that Hannibal and Teden Menji both signed contract extensions. This is great for the whole club, as both players have a great deal of potential. The draw drops the squad to 6th place in the PL2 table. The U23s are back in action against Tottenham on 3/19/21 at 8:00AM EST.
For more information on the match https://www.premierleague.com/match/62046/premier-league-2/2020-21/man-utd-u23-v-albion
To read more about the U23s https://americanreddevils.com/category/manchester-united-u23/
PL2 Table below https://www.premierleague.com/tables?team=U21