Manchester United U19s deservedly beaten by ruthless Villarreal

Before the senior sides went head to head, Manchester United and Villarreal faced off in the UEFA Youth League yesterday.

It was a chastening afternoon for Neil Wood’s side, as they went down 4-1 at Leigh Sports Village.

United were 4-0 down by half-time, thanks to goals from Joan Torrents, Pascual Medina, Marlone Foubert and Rodrigo Alonso.

After the game, 17-year-old talent Alejandro Garnacho took to Instagram to send a defiant message.

After a painful opening 45 minutes, United did at least ‘win’ the second half due to Alvaro Fernandez.

He bulleted in a header from Marc Jurado’s set piece to reduce the scoreline and he also posted online after the match.

Shola Shoretire captained Wood’s side but it was a tough afternoon for the talented forward.

He scored the winner last time out against Young Boys.

That means, like the seniors, United’s Under 19s have a win and a defeat from their first two matches.

Next up in the UEFA Youth League are Atalanta and United will be looking for a response.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.