Manchester United’s Under-18s got back to winning ways with a 1 -0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur this morning.
It was a more experienced side that faced Tottenham at the Aon Training Complex this morning after a 2-1 loss away at Reading last weekend with the likes of Ben Barber, Sean Goss, Matthew Willock and Ashley Fletcher running to the starting line-up.
That experience proved crucial against a Spurs side that were six points clear at the top of the Southern Group table.
United gradually asserted themselves and gained a better foothold in the game. Jordan Thompson and Willock did well to regain possession on several occassions which disrupted Spurs’ flow.
Jordan Thompson had a good effort which narrowly went on the wrong side of the post before the best chance of the half came just before the break.
Mitchell found himself one on one with the Spurs’ keeper after a fantastic run but he should have done far better as his tame effort was saved.
United proved more threatening in the second half with Joe Riley made plenty of dangerous runs forward from the right full back position.
A couple of minutes after some United players suffered some knocks, United took the lead. Inevitably, it was top goalscorer Ashley Fletcher who claimed his 12th goal of the season at that level. There was good link up play between Mitchell and Riley on the right flank before Riley picked out Fletcher in the box for the striker to score.
Riley looked like he was going to double the lead moments later when he went on a fantastic run but unfortunately the ball was cut out before there was a clear cut chance.
The action went from end to end in the late stages of the games. Goss and Fletcher had a one-two just outside the box which led to a tame shot from Goss which was easily claimed. Then Spurs broke down the other end and Barber made another clearance as the effort looked to be headed into the goal.
United broke forward late and the ball came to Ashley Fletcher but he missed a golden opportunity to seal the victory. However, United managed to hold out for the win claiming only their second clean sheet in the league this season.
This game is the last that Nicholas Ioannou will be playing for the club, which he confirmed today on his personal Instagram account.
Manchester United: J. Pereira, Riley, McConnell, Ioannou (c), Barber, Goss, Willock, Mitchell (Rashford 87′), Croskery (C. Evans 64′) Thompson (Borthwick-Jackson 87′), A. Fletcher. Unused Substitutes: Henderson, Kehinde.