MATCH RECAP: Manchester United U23 vs Southampton U23

Manchester United U23 vs Southampton U23 Set Up

Manchester United’s U23s took on Southampton’s U23s in a lively match at The Snows Stadium on the south coast. The best things in life take time, and this game was no different. All the goals in this match were scored after the 70th minute. Manchester United fell behind late in the game but a brace from Charlie McCann in the last ten minutes was enough to secure the three points. The game was a tale of two halves, let’s get into the first one. Here’s the breakdown for Manchester United U23 vs Southampton U23.

First Half

Due to injury, United was forced yet again to play without their maestro Hannibal. It was certainly evident in the first half that they were missing their spark again. They could not make the breakthrough that they needed and it seemed as if it would never come. Both keepers were having brilliant games and a 0-0 draw seemed to be on the cards for the day.

At the end of the first half, goal machine Joe Hugill was gifted the ball when the Southampton keeper mishandled it. With the keeper out of the goal, Hugill fired the first shot into a defender at the near post. Then his second shot hit the far post.  After this happened, it seemed as if a goal would never come. The first half ended all square at zero.

Second Half

Much like the first half, the beginning of the second half was back and forth with United still missing their finishing touch. The game was broken wide open when Kazeem Olaigbe smashed the ball into United’s net. The goal made it 1-0 Southampton with a little more than fifteen minutes left in the match. The Reds needed a hero and found one in Charlie McCann.

The first goal of McCann’s brace came when William Fish crushed the ball into Southampton’s box. Somehow McCann found a way to control the missile and then cooly slam it into the goal. It was all level at 1-1 in the 83rd minute. However, McCann was not done. With five minutes left in regulation, he found himself with the ball again in Southampton’s box. McCann slid through a couple defenders and found the back of the net, again. In two minutes Charlie McCann had personally turned zero points into three, well done Charlie well done.

Wrap Up

This game seemed as if it was destined to end as a 0-0 draw, but the last twenty minutes saw a flurry of goals happen. Charlie McCann is certainly the man of the match in this one with both the equalizer and the winner. Scoring a brace is impressive, but scoring a brace with two minutes separating the goals, now that is on another level. Not to mention, a game winning brace at that with less than ten minutes left. My goodness Charlie, my goodness.

Don’t forget Charlie McCann was also the only bright spot of the loss to Everton, scoring an absolute firebolt of a goal. Keep scoring bangers Charlie, everyone knows Ole loves throwing out debuts to the youth. Maybe Charlie McCann will soon be on the shortlist for a first team call up, just like Diallo and Shoretire. The win puts United in 3rd place on the PL2 table. The squad is back in action against Brighton’s U23s on Friday March 12th at 10:00 AM EST. Hopefully United’s U23s can continue their winning ways against the Seagulls.

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Follow the link below for more information about the match.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/62041/premier-league-2/2020-21/southampton-v-man-utd-u23

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