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Manchester United remain undefeated in Dallas Cup

by Sam Peoples

Dallas Cup

Manchester United 3-1 Dallas Texans

(Van Velzen 24, Januzaj 74, 83 pen)

Manchester United’s youngsters made it two wins from two after coming from behind to beat home team Dallas Texans on Monday. Coach Warren Joyce made three changes from the team that started against Club America just 24 hours earlier and brought in Sutherland, Harrop and Van Velzen.

Manchester United started off quite brightly with some neat interplay but were unable to create any quality chances and they were made to pay for not making the most of their dominance when the home team took a surprise lead 20 minutes in after bundling home a free kick which United’s defence struggled to deal with.

Although, United responded well and after hitting a post through Mats Daehli they managed to make it 1-1 when Van Velzen was somehow able to turn home a Januzaj free kick. United continued to dominate and came close on a number of occasions but were unable to take the lead before the half time whistle.

Joyce made three substitutions at half time with Hendrie, Weir & Harrop being replaced by Grimshaw, Rothwell and the match-winner from their opening game, James Wilson.  It took a little while for United to get into a rhythm after the break and both teams were limited to hopeful long range shots.

But with 15 minutes remaining, Van Velzen’s replacement Jack Barmby collected the ball and went on a terrific run through the Texan’s midfield and had the presence of mind to lay it off to an oncoming Januzaj, who fired a brilliant low drive past the keeper from 18 yards to put United ahead.

Wilson went close to extending their lead just seconds after the restart when but fired just wide following great skill from Daehli. That  didn’t deter United and they managed to put the game to bed ten minutes later when they were awarded a penalty after a lovely piece of skill from Wilson saw him upended in the box. Januzaj had no trouble scoring from the spot.

The home team were deflated and United could have gone on to score more as they ran down the final minutes with ease to claim another much deserved win.

So it is two wins out of two for the United youngsters and with Joyce using his substitutions wisely, the squad looks in good shape after two quick games and they now have a rest until Wednesday when they face Kashiwa Reysol in the final group fixture.

Utd team- Sutherland; Hendrie (Grimshaw 46), Fornasier, Blackett, James (Ioannou 77); Weir (Wilson 46), Harrop (Rothwell 46), Ekangamene, Daehli, Januzaj, Van Velzen (Barmby 60)

Man of the Match- Januzaj

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