Manchester United’s U23s ran into a buzz saw against Chelsea this past weekend. The Blues took down the Reds 6-1. United’s only goal was at the very end of the game. Neil Wood’s side never looked as if they were going to take control in this one. Sometimes you win ugly, sometimes you lose ugly, and this was the latter. Nonetheless, let’s get into the match.
The game started terribly for United and never improved. In the 1st minute, Faustino Anjorin found Marcel Lewis to make it 1-0 Blues. Then almost immediately in the 3rd minute Jude Soonsup-Bell made it 2-0. Chelsea continued to push the attack. United had no response for the onslaught and in the 34th minute Anjorin made it 3-0. United was lucky to not give up more goals in this half.
At 3-0, the game looked out of reach, but fans had no idea the depths of misery this game was going to dive. The second half started quickly with Fernandez giving up a penalty in the 51st. Anjorin converted from the spot, making it 4-0. One would think that another goal would wake United up, but it did not. In the 68th minute, Marcel Lewis made it 5-0 and in the 72nd Charlie Brown ended the slaughter with the final 6th goal. Joe Hugill was able to pull one back in the 84th, but it was too little too late.
The Reds were simply outplayed by the Blues up and down the pitch. There wasn’t a point in the game where they looked as if they could take hold. Not to say that the squad didn’t work hard, but it was clear that they weren’t in it from the jump. The loss drops United to 9th on the PL2 table. The U23s will have some time off until their next league match on January 18th away against Leicester. Hopefully, United can turn it around and take down the Foxes.