Manchester United U23’s v West Brom U23’s: Match Analysis

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Manchester United U23’s had to settle for a point on Friday night as they played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford under the watchful eye of United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He will have been pleased to see first-team players Marcos Rojo and Andreas Pereira get vital 45 minutes under their belts in time for what is going to be a busy end to the season for Ole’s men.
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A crowd of 2,301 supporters watched as Nishan Burkart's cheeky goal in the 20th minute gave United the lead for half-time before Albion replied after the break. Wes Hoolahan’s cheeky penalty claimed a share of the spoils and produced a repeat of the scoreline from the previous meeting at the Hawthorns before Christmas. As well as Rojo and Pereira getting vital minutes, there were also a few other recognizable names in the starting XI. Chong, Garner, Greenwood and Gomes were all back in reserve team football, after they all experienced first-team action in the last few weeks.

The Red Devils started the game in a really lively fashion and it was no surprise when Sbragia's side struck the game’s first blow in the 20th minute from a fine team move instigated by Garner's ball out to Greenwood on the right wing. Greenwood selflessly found Burkart, who put the ball over the line with an audacious back-heeled tap-in. The inclusion of Rojo and Pereira gave Sbragia’s men an added lift because this was turning out to be United’s best performance at this level for quite a while. Seconds before the break United could have easily doubled their lead when Rojo sent over an inviting cross from the left, but Greenwood’s header flew past the far post.

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That was Rojo’s final contribution to the proceedings for after the break, both he and Andreas were rested with George Tanner and Dylan Levitt coming on as their replacements. In the second half, United again went close with Greenwood firing into the side netting but it was the visitors who took their chance when West Brom winger Morgan Rogers made it all possible with a determined run into United’s area, where his progress was abruptly halted by a challenge from Di’Shon Bernard. The referee awarded a penalty and the experieneced Wes Hoolahan stepped up and calmly slotted away to make it 1-1. 

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Although the Reds were by far the best team in the first half, the Baggies dug in and did well to claw their way back into the game. The next game for the Red Devils will be another first-team stadium visit when Sbragia and his side travel to St James’s Park to face Newcastle United on Monday 15th April.


Manchester United: Kovar; O’Connor, Bernard, Ercolani, Rojo (Tanner 46); Garner; Burkart (Bohui 72), Pereira A. (Levitt 46), Gomes, Chong; Greenwood.

Substitutes not used: Woolston, Baars.

Scorers: United - Burkart 20 | West Brom - Hoolahan pen. 60


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