Manchester United defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 in the first home game to be played at the Aon Training Complex this season.
The Reds dominated the first opening 15 minutes, limiting Wolves to the occasional touch before winning back the ball. The front players of Gribbin, Rashford, Kenyon and Zach Dearnley combined well in the final third, applying a lot of pressure to the Wolves back line. Kenyon played in a lovely ball into Rashford, who was put off by the Wolves goalkeeper Sibley. There was a lot of good service into the box but the finishing touch was missing. Gribbin was taken down and Rashford’s free-kick hit the crossbar. Jimmy Dunne also saw a header go wide, following a lovely ball in from Gribbin.
Wolves started to see more of the ball but still United were the better team and capitalised on that just before the half hour mark with a rocket from Rashford. the striker had scored a brace in the u19s UEFA Youth League match against PSV Eindhoven and continued his goalscoring form. RoShaun Williams carried the ball forward. It fell to Rashford who rolled the ball to set himself up to fire home from just outside the penalty area.
Shortly after that Dearnley was denied the opportunity to double the lead. Sibley couldn’t get hold of a Gribbin corner and the ball fell to Dearnley whose shot on the half turn was cleared off the line. Rashford then saw a freekick go straight into the Wolves wall. Gribbin was on hand to take the next free-kick from the right flank. His ball floated in untouched and straight into the net, beating Sibley with the bounce.
Wolves came more into the match in the second half and caused a few dangerous moments.Allan forced a fantastic save from Oliver Byrne, from range. However United responded in the appropriate way by scoring down the other end of the pitch. Rashford picked out Kenyon, who bravely took on the shot knowing he’d be fouled. The power he put on the shot meant that even though Sibley got a hand to it, the ball couldn’t be deflected away from goal.
Wolves didn’t stop trying to get on the scoresheet and continued to test United. They came close with a shot which came off the underside of the crossbar. A number of headers from the visitors went just over the crossbar but fortunately Wolves weren’t able to convert any of the chances they created and United were able to keep their first clean sheet of this league campaign.
The next fixture in the u18 Premier League is scheduled for Saturday September 26 away at Middlesbrough. Kick-off 12.30 am.
Manchester United: Byrne, Warren, Williams (c), Dunne, Reid, Dearnley (Diedrick-Roberts 80′), Scott, Whelan, Kenyon (Boonen 80′), Gribbin, Rashford.
Unused Substitutes: Dorrington, Sang.
Goals: Rashford (29′), Gribbin (43′), Kenyon (57′).
Man of the Match: Callum Gribbin.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Sibley, Ball, Sinclair, Leek, John, Herc, Finnie, Levingston, Carnat, Allan (Delacoe 64′), Lindsey (Eggington 64′).
Unused Substitutes: Bills, Phllips, Rehman.