Man Utd U23s Level In Stoppage Time; Shocking Leicester U23S
Man Utd U23s scored two goals in the final 10 minutes and one in stoppage time, stealing a point against Leicester U23s on Sunday. Goals from D’Mani Mellor and Charlie McNeill ensured the draw to open their Premier League 2 campaign.
Paul McShane, 35, was the player-coach for Man Utd and Welsh Euro 2020 call up Dylan Leavit captained the side. Shola Shoretire also started for United in the match and almost scored in the 19th minute.
The youngsters were under trouble from the Foxes early after Charlie Wellens gave up a penalty. Wellens was bailed out by keeper Matej Kovar, the penalty was comfortably saved by the Czech youngster.
Leicester U23s opened the scoring in the 31st minute after the ball fell kindly to Sammy Braybrooke, he played in Jacob Wakeling. Wakeling took his time and found the bottom corner with left foot easily beating Kovar.
Leicester looked likelier to grab a second and almost did a few minutes after taking the lead. Tawanda Maswanhise forced another good save out of Kovar.
Mellor almost saved a disappointing first half for Man Utd, but the shot after stealing a back pass was saved by the Leicester keeper.
Leicester played the counter attack well and pounced on Man Utd mistakes. The young Red Devils did not look completely gelled together yet.
Better Late Than Never
Leicester continued their gameplay in the second half, soaking up pressure, keeping the Man Utd attackers in front of them and break on the counter when thy could. It paid off and Leicester took a 2-0 lead.
Leicester got the counter they were looking for in the 68th minute. A blistering run by Vontae Daley-Campbell broke the defense and his cross found Kasey McAteer who finished well.
Mellor breathed new life in the game for Man Utd after he headed home Charlie Wellens’ cross in the 83rd minute, 2-1. United deserved the goal and it could not have come at a better time.
Man Utd leveled the game in the 91st minute after Alvaro Fernandez did well on the left. He collected his blocked cross after shoving off a defender with ease. His cross then found Charlie McNeill who finished with what looked like a scuff shot or a clever rabona.
McNeill almost won it, but his shot went wide. A deserved draw for Man Utd U23s, their next match will be against Chelsea’s U23s Friday evening.
Manager Neil Wood spoke with MUTV after the match. “I think it was a great fight back in the last ten minutes. That is what you want to see from a United team,” said Wood.
“It is a newish team, we do not have a lot of experience at this level. It was a surprise to some of them. It is a big learning curve, a quick learning curve for them.