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Shola Shoretire’s Brace Helps End Man Utd’s U-23s Losing Streak By Easily Defeating Chelsea’s U-23s

Man Utd U-23s defeated Chelsea U-23s in a Premier League 2 matchup, 4-2. Shola Shoretire scored a brace and Chelsea’s U-23s were forced to 10 men early in the game and never recovered.

Amad made a surprising return to the U-23 side after being a frequent member of the Man Utd first team squad. He could still be on the bench for the Sunday game against Leeds. Brandon Williams also started for the U-23 side, both needed some minutes.

Chelsea started the scoring in the 6th minute, a long through ball over the top got in behind the Man Utd defense and a Brandon Williams sliding challenge was not enough and the ball rolled awkwardly in.

The game took a dramatic turn in the 14th minute when the Chelsea keeper handled the ball outside the box after a ball over the top of the Chelsea’s defense played in Amad.

The Chelsea keeper looked to have gotten away without punishment, but the ref showed red and Chelsea were forced early to play with 10 men.

Shola Shoretire leveled the game before half-time when he turned well in the box to find space, his left footed shot found the back of the net, it was his seventh goal in PL2 this season.

The game looked to be going into half-time leveled at 1-1, but Shola Shoretire did well again after receiving the ball in the box, Shoretire kept his composure and blazed the ball passed the Chelsea keeper making it 2-1 going into the half.

Chelsea were forced to catch Man Utd on the break or during set pieces while Man Utd pushed for a third goal. Chelsea were still dangerous at times and could have tied the game but Charlie Wellens cleared the ball off the line.

Shola Shoretire won a penalty in the 65th minute, but instead of going for the hat trick, Hannibal stepped up to take the penalty only to have it saved by the Chelsea keeper.

Amad curled in a beautiful free-kick in the 70th minute to put the game out of reach, but it would wind up as the game winning goal.

Shola Shoretire had a great match for Man Utd and should have had his hat trick but missed a wide-open header in the 74th minute. Shola Shoretire was subbed off for the last 15 minutes after tacking a couple of knocks, he played well as the number 9 for United.

Mark Helm scored the fourth goal for the young Red Devils when he converted a low cross from close range with his left in the 81st minute. Helm did well to re-direct the cross into the bottom corner.

The U-23s have two games left in their PL 2 campaign, they next face Derby on the 3rd of May.

Chelsea 0 Man United 0

The starting line up saw Anthony Martial being dropped in favour of Mason Greenwood. Daniel James was given the nod again being selected to play off the right wing. The first notable incident of the match was a possible penalty decision fifteen minutes in when a Marcus Rashford freekick rebounded and struck the arm of Hudson-Odoi, After a review of VAR, what looked to be a definite penalty was not given by the referee. A very evenly matched first half finished nil all.

The second half started with only one change to either team when Reece James came on to replace Callum Hudson-Odoi. The second substitution of the match also came from the Chelsea bench when Christian Pulisic came on to replace Oliver Giroud. The only Man United substitution came in the seventy eight minute when Anthony Martial came on to replace Mason Greenwood. Although the second half was more exciting than the first, the match finished nil all.

With Leicester losing today and Liverpool already nine points behind, it would have been nice to take the three points by beating our rivals Chelsea. Unfortunately even though many players put in a shift for us today, there was a lack of creativity on the pitch in what was another draw against a top six club. Having made some good saves during the course of the match I would give my man of the match to David De Gea.

Matchday 26 Preview: Chelsea v Manchester United

Manchester United travel to the capital to face a 5th place Chelsea side who are experiencing a resurgence under somewhat recently appointed manager Tomas Tuchel. Chelsea have won six games and drawn two in Tuchel’s eight games in charge. 

Both sides competed in Europe this week, Chelsea picked up a nice victory against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League thanks to a bicycle-kick by Oliver Giroud and United saw off Real Sociedad and drew AC Milan the next day in the Europa League.  

Manchester United picked up a league win last weekend at the dispense of Newcastle, 3-1. Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes found the back of the net for a United side that dominated in the 2ndhalf. 

The Top

United start a run of some tough games on Sunday, after Chelsea they get somewhat of an easier opponent when they return to the capital to face Palace. United then stay in Manchester for the derby at City. AC Milan sandwiches an in the form of their life West Ham side who currently sits 4th. After the Milan legs, United face Leicester in the FA Cup Quarterfinals.

The season for Manchester United can be defined in these next few weeks. Today, Manchester City saw off that West Ham side 2-1, opening up a 13 point gap now over United in the title race. 

A win for United would close the gap back to 10 points and when the sides meet next Sunday it could be less if City drop points to Wolves during the week. Any dropped points and a City win against Wolves and next Sunday against United would realistically seal the title for City a 16 point lead and possibly more with 10 games left would be hard to overcome. 

If United were to cut the point gap drastically in the next week it could breathe new life in the title race and possibly unsettle City. United have to get passed Chelsea and Palace to set up that possibility with City next week.

Chelsea could jump West Ham for 4th with a win against United and would then only be three points behind United. Undefeated with their new manager and coming off an impressive win against Atletico Madrid, Chelsea should be feeling confident hosting United, and that can play to United’s hand.

After the Everton game United look better defensively and with a confident Chelsea that could open some counter attack possibilities for United against a slower Chelsea defense. However under Tuchel Chelsea have gone to a back three and they held a good counter attacking team in check during the week.

Man United have to be worried about an inform Olivier Giroud. Victor Lindelof has struggled this season against more physical forwards having recently being out muscled on a goal against West Brom two weeks ago. 

Team News

Manchester United could still be without Donny Van De Beek, Edison Cavani and Scott McTominay against Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likes to keep his cards close, so it would not be a surprise if at least one of them feature. “We hope that they can be available for the weekend, but I’m not sure,” said Solskjaer of the three.

Juan Mata will be out for the next two weeks at least. Daniel James picked up a possible injury against Sociedad and was pulled off due to caution.

United will probably keep the same shape the (4-2-3-1). But, they could try and match formations with Tuchel due to injuries in the midfield. Axel Tuanzebe came in during the week in the midfield but will probably be an option on the bench. If McTominay is not able to go, Matic will be the likely pairing in the middle with Fred.

It will probably only be one change from the side that faced Newcastle in the league last week if James is not available to go. Mason Greenwood could get the start.