Manchester United’s young players drew 2-2 with Hertha Berlin in a friendly match last night.
The under-19s game was held at Altrincham, and acted as a replacement for the UEFA Youth League, with United not involved in the competition this season due to the first team’s failings.
Here is a look at three notable takeaways from the draw…
Dazzling wingers do it again
United’s goalscorers were Largie Ramazani and Deji Sotona. Both players have been in excellent form at academy level this season.
Ramazani has been the club’s most improved player, and can’t stop scoring for the under-23s.
This was his fifth goal in six games this season, although as a friendly it won’t count towards official records.
Deji Sotona, who recently made a name for himself as United’s fastest player, scored an excellent solo goal after coming off the bench in the second half. He recently scored his first goal for United’s under-18 side.
Another winger, Anthony Elanga came close to scoring himself, hitting the post in the first half.
Young talent and experimenting
This was a really useful game for United and there were plenty of changes at half-time and the second half.
Will Fish, 16, and Teden Mengi, 17, started the game in central defence, getting the chance to build on the encouraging partnership they showed for the under-23s last Friday against Fulham.
In the second half exciting winger Shola Shoretire came on, who made his debut at just 15 in the UEFA Youth League last season.
Summer signing Hannibal Mejbri also made his second United appearance.
Record gone and possible injury
There were a couple of negatives to the draw. Goalkeeper Matej Kovar had not conceded in five appearances this season, before letting in a goal in the first half.
He was replaced by Paul Woolston at half-time in a pre-planned change.
As it was a competitive appearance, Kovar’s record is still kind of intact, but all the same, he picked the ball out the back of the net for the first time this season.
One more concerning negative was young forward Dillon Hoogewerf suffering an injury and needing to be substituted in the 23rd minute.
The summer signing from Ajax has two goals to his name for the under-18s this season, and the extent of the injury is unclear. Lets hope for a speedy recovery.
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