U21s: Manchester United 7-0 Norwich City – Five goals from Will Keane in rout

U21s: Manchester United 7-0 Norwich City – Five goals from Will Keane in rout

A strong Man United side humiliated Norwich City 7-0 at Old Trafford.

Will Keane netted five times, twice in the first half and three times in the second. Andreas Pereira scored from the penalty spot and substitute Timothy Fosu-Mensah also got in on the scoring.

Sergio Romero, Memphis Depay, and Phil Jones were just three of the eight first team squad members who were involved in the starting line-up against Norwich.

Louis van Gaal was in attendance once again, along with Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Kai and Jesse Lingard, following his goal against Chelsea yesterday.

The Reds started brightly with several decent chances created in the opening couple of minutes. Adnan Januzaj found Will Keane, who executed a lovely turn and shot which was saved by Remi Matthews.

Januzaj continued his attempts at this level to score directly from a corner kick and Matthews had to be alive to the danger to push the ball over the crossbar and prevent the goal. Keane also missed an early chance to give United the lead when he tried to back-heel into the net but his trick didn’t come off.

Keane did open the scoring before 15 minutes had been played. Andreas Pereira pulled the ball back to Keane. His first touch controlled the ball and the second sent it firing into the back of the net.

United continued to probe for more goals but the next period was dominated by injury-forced substitutions with both Januzaj and Guillermo Varela firstly having to receive treatment and then being unable to continue. Matthew Willock and Timothy Fosu-Mensah replaced the injured duo.

Still there was time for United and Keane to grab a second. Great work from Memphis on the left. The Dutch winger looked to have almost taken too much out of the ball, but he found Keane inside the area for the striker to simply have to tap in.

97 seconds after the restart and Keane had bagged his hat-trick. Once again Memphis provided the assist. It was almost a carbon-copy of the second goal, with a good run from Memphis picked out Keane for a close-range strike. It was a cheeky finish, lightly chipped over the defender lying on the floor.

The referee awarded a penalty when Grant was judged to have handled the ball in the penalty area. With Keane having gotten his hat-trick, spot-kick duties went to Andreas Pereira who duly fired home for the fourth goal of the evening.

A stunning chip left Matthews scrambling but unable to stop Keane from scoring his fourth and best goal of the night. James Weir and Keane linked up on the edge of the box before, the confident striker saw the Canaries’ goalkeeper slightly off his line and dinked it over him.

With 20 minutes remaining, United went 6-0 up. Memphis picked out Fosu-Mensah with a neat reverse pass. Keane was in the middle of the 6 yard box calling for the ball but the makeshift fullback coolly slotted home under Matthews.

U21s captain Weir found Keane who was holding off the attention of a Norwich defender. Using his strength he managed to keep the ball under control before scoring past Matthews for his 10th goal in 6 games.

The win means that the Reds are one point behind top of the table Sunderland with two matches in hand and a better goal difference.

Man United: Romero, Love, McNair, Jones (Williams 58′), Varela (Fosu-Mensah 36′), Memphis, Weir (c), Harrop, Januzaj (Willock 33′), A. Pereira, Keane.

Unused Substitutes: J. Pereira, Rothwell.

Goal(s): Keane (13′, 37′, 47′, 62′, 77′), A. Pereira (52′ pen), Fosu-Mensah (71′).

Man of the Match: Will Keane.

Norwich City: Matthews, Hall-Johnson (c), Crowe, Coker, Efete, Grant, Godfrey, Middleton (Ramsay 46′), Adams (McIntosh 81′), Cantwell, Ashley-Seal.

Unused Substitutes: Killip (GK), Couzens, Jaiyesimi.

Goal(s): -.

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Tracey is an ardent Manchester United fan who is our senior contributor towards the Under-21s and Academy coverage.