Manchester United’s under-23 side made their return to action last night, a month after the team’s last game.

A combination of Covid and the winter break led to the large gap between matches, and when the team did finally return, it was at the same time as the first team’s FA Cup clash against Aston Villa.

United held by Tottenham

United’s under-23s were held by Tottenham after conceding a late equaliser.

Shola Shoretire had given United the lead in the 80th minute from the penalty spot, scoring his seventh goal of the season in all competitions. The spot kick was awarded after Zidane Iqbal was fouled in the box.

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Spurs then equalised five minutes later through Dilan Markanday to earn them a share of the points. Tottenham had missed a first half penalty when Nile John blazed his effort over the bar.

United remain in seventh in the table with a game in hand on several of the teams above them.

Will Fish returns

The most notable personnel change came in defence, with Teden Mengi now out on loan at Birmingham City.

An ideal replacement came with Will Fish, who has been recalled from his loan at Stockport County where he struggled for game time.

Fish partnered Bjorn Hardley in central defence, with under-18s captain Marc Jurado also stepping up as a starter at right-back, with Alvaro Fernandez at left-back.

United’s midfield consisted of Zidane Iqbal, Martin Svidersky and Isak Hansen-Aaroen, with Charlie McNeill and Alejandro Garnacho joining Shoretire in attack, while goalkeeper Matej Kovar captained the side.

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Joe Hugill was fit again after injury and he was on the bench, coming on for the final 20 minutes along with Charlie Savage and Kobbie Mainoo.

United’s under-23s are next in action on Saturday evening away at Manchester City, while some of these players will be involved in the FA Youth Cup away at Reading on Thursday night.

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