New signing Toby Collyer makes Manchester United academy debut
New Manchester United academy signing Toby Collyer has made his debut for the club’s under-18s team.
Collyer was signed from Brighton last month, and will go into United’s under-23 side. He is pictured above wearing United’s number 15 shirt.
If the intention was to hold off on his debut, United’s hand was forced by the unreasonable challenge of holding two under-18s fixtures 18 hours apart, both away from home.
United fielded different XIs in the games against Blackburn and Wolves, with Collyer on the bench for the second game.
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Collyer came off the bench for the final 15 minutes with United trailing 2-0 against Wolves. This was the first time he had even been included in a matchday squad.
When he left the pitch at full time the score was 2-2, thanks to a late brace from Charlie McNeill.
The equalising goal came after good work from Isak Hansen-Aaroen in midfield to turn an opponent, create space and send United forward.
The fightback ensured United remained unbeaten across the two fixtures, with another one upcoming this Saturday.
Collyer is a defensive midfielder, who has represented England at youth level.
United had drawn 2-2 the previous evening against Blackburn, in different circumstances.
Full-back Habeeb Ogunneye scored his first under-18s goal, when his lofted ball into the area was claimed by the Rovers goalkeeper, and then dropped into his own net.
Blackburn then scored twice, before a late penalty from Omari Forson gave United a point. Forson now has three goals in his last two games and he is pushing for involvement in the Youth Cup final.
Alejandro Garnacho started the game, but did not add to his goal tally of 16 for the season. At times he tried to go it alone and do too much, and it just wasn’t his night, with a first half free-kick hitting the wall.
The two draws leaves United in fourth place in the table.