Manchester United’s under-23s lost concentration against West Ham and allowed the bottom of the table side to fight back and earn a 3-2 win.
A frustrating night was at least capped by a few impressive individual milestones.
Young Spanish talent Marc Jurado, 17, came on at half-time to make his Manchester United under-23 debut.
Jurado replaced Brandon Williams at half-time, who dropped into the 23s from the first team to get some much needed minutes.
While the result was disappointing for United, Jurado was pleased to make his step up, and promises ‘the best is yet to come.
Jurado could also be in line to start for the under-18s against Stoke today.
His selection last night shows he is highly regarded by the coaches, and they want to test him.
Jurado joined United from Barcelona last summer.
It is likely that Jurado will feature more regularly for the under-23s next season.
Also of note
Charlie Savage also came off the bench in the second half to make his under-23s debut.
The young Welshman signed his first professional deal earlier in the week.
Being part of a late collapse was a harsh introduction to stepping up a level for him.
Noam Emeran started his first under-23 game.
The French winger got into good positions twice in the first half but his finishing let him down.
Like Savage and Jurado, Emeran will be expected to make the step up next season on a regular basis.
Nathan Bishop played his first under-23 game since September. What he hoped might be a clean sheet eventually ended on a sour note.
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