Alejandro Garnacho scored a late winner to seal a 2-1 victory for Manchester United’s under-21 side against Barrow in the EFL Trophy.
The game was played at Barrow’s stadium in wet conditions with several promising Red Devils youngsters gaining valuable experience.
Charlie McNeill made the early breakthrough after being fouled inside the box by Barrow’s goalkeeper. He stepped up to score the penalty to give United a 1-0 lead at half-time.
Barrow equalised early in the second half as defender Tyler Fredricson turned the ball into his own net for an own goal.
The match had been heading for a draw before Garnacho grabbed a winner in injury time for United.
United’s starting XI: Bishop; Hardley, Fredricson, Bennett, Jurado; Iqbal, Savage, Gore; Pellistri, Garnacho, McNeill.
The involvement of Iqbal, Pellistri and Garnacho suggests the trio are unlikely to start in the Europa League this week against Omonia, although all three could still travel with the squad.
Pellistri played 66 minutes, creating one goalscoring opportunity, although did not attempt a shot at goal.
Sam Murray, Omari Forson and player-coach Tom Huddlestone all featured as second half substitutes, and it was the latter who set up Garnacho’s winner. Toby Collyer also came on in injury time after United’s winner.
United’s line-up had an average age of 19, compared to Barrow’s average age of 24.
Manchester United had beaten Carlisle United in the previous EFL Trophy match, winning 2-1.
Charlie McNeill and Omari Forson scored the goals in the victory at the end of August.
United’s final group game is against Fleetwood Town on October 18, who have lost both of their matches so far.