Manchester United Under-23s’ earned their first victory of the season in dramatic fashion against Brighton & Hove Albion at Leigh Sports Village Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

This was our fifth Premier League 2 Division One fixture of the campaign and it looked all set to end in our third draw but a last-gasp winner from Zidane Iqbal ensured we clinched all three points.

With Dean Henderson and Phil Jones starting once again, Alvaro Fernandes returning from suspension and Teden Mengi and Shola Shoretire in the starting line-up, United fancied their chances.

Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion: Premier League 2
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Neil Wood’s side went ahead from the penalty spot thanks to Anthony Elanga.

The Swedish under-21 international won the penalty after being fouled in the area. Elanga grabbed the ball before smashing home a fierce shot high into the net.

Anthony Elanga knocking on first team door

The 19-year-old’s penalty was his first goal of the season and he will want to use that strike as a springboard which could see him form part of United’s first team squad against West Ham in the Carabao Cup.


After impressing and scoring goals in pre-season against Queens Park Rangers and Brentford, Elanga could have featured in the first game of the season against Leeds, if it wasn’t for an injury.

Wood’s team selection 24 hours prior to United’s Carabao Cup game against West Ham could have a huge bearing on how many youngsters will be given a chance against the Hammers.

Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion: Premier League 2
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Alongside Elanga, Hannibal Mejbri, Mengi and Shoretire will be amongst those hoping to feature for the first team in the League Cup.

But on Tuesday night, United’s youngsters are in EFL Trophy action at Bradford City.

With Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford on their way back from injuries, Elanga will want to grab his chance and stake his claim for further opportunities while he can.

Tuesday and Wednesday’s team selections could be a big indicator to which United youngsters have a chance of featuring for the first team this season, Elanga will hope he features on Wednesday.

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