Manchester United’s under-23 side continued their impressive start to the season with a 1-0 victory against Fulham.
Dylan Levitt scored the goal to give United a 1-0 victory, while Matej Kovar saved an injury time penalty.
Here are five players who stood out in Friday night’s win…
United’s youngsters could not believe that Fulham were awarded a last gasp penalty. The young Czech international stopper got down well to his left and pushed the ball away from goal to deny Timmy Abraham, the brother of Chelsea’s Tammy.
The 19-year-old’s distribution and composure in possession was evident throughout the match, which would have delighted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is eager for his teams to build attacks from the back.
Although Sergio Romero has been United’s cup goalkeeper in recent years, may be Kovar could get the chance to alternate the number one jersey with the experienced Argentine in cup competitions.
The young centre back was only making his second appearance at this level and after a nervous start, he grew in stature and confidence.
The 17-year-old trusted his ability on the ball and was quick to sniff out any potential danger with a series of blocks and tackles.
It may be early days but he has all the makings of a powerful commanding centre back. Fans may relish the prospect of him linking up one day with fellow youngster, Axel Tuanzebe.
Playing at right back this time round, Williams once again showcased his lung busting runs from deep and was a constant attacking outlet for the team.
With the Fulham defenders seemingly frightened to go near him, Williams was given a clear sight of goal after a mazy run into the box, but he just dragged it slightly wide.
In the early stages of the second half, Williams turned defence into attack in the blink of eye and showed the full array of his strength, pace and composure on the ball attributes.
After making the switch to left-back, a needless professional foul late on brought a second yellow card, but Williams once again showed that he is knocking on the first team door.
Throughout the match, Levitt was always forward-thinking in possession and stung the palms of the Fulham goalkeeper with a couple of piledriving efforts.
In a game where James Garner wasn’t at his best, Levitt was at the heart of United’s attacking display, showing the talent he possessed with his short and long-range passing abilities.
The Welshman, who was recently called up to the national side for the first time, scored the winner after a wonderful run from Largie Ramazani, having earlier won the ball which started the move.
Fulham were reduced to ten men when Jaydn Mundle-Smith, the visitors’ captain, was shown a red card for a wild lunge on Ramazani, who was lucky to escape unscathed.
United’s winner came from the 18-year-old’s mesmerising run, who waltzed past the Fulham challenges to put the ball on a plate for Levitt. Earlier in the game, Ramazani performed a nonchalant nutmeg on the helpless Ben Davies, which highlighted the confidence he currently possesses.
The young Belgian was on the receiving end of some hefty treatment throughout the evening, but it didn’t deter him from being positive and direct every time he got on the ball.
Ramazani may be a raw talent but he has shown regularly this season, he has an end product.
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