Manchester United have claimed their 28th Manchester Senior Cup with a 4-11 victory over local rivals Manchester City.
Goalscoring sensation James Wilson secured the victory with all four goals in front of a 3,261 crowd at Hyde FC’s Ewen Fields ground.
The first half was mostly City. United were limited to the counter-attack while City dominated possession. City took the lead in the 16th minute through Jordi Hiwula.
After the goal, it remained all City until an amazing solo goal from Wilson put United back on level terms going into the break. He claimed the ball in the centre circle, turned and used his pace to squeezes through City’s defence before firing low into the bottom corner.
Josh Harrop and Callum Evans were introduced in the second half. United had taken heart from Wilson’s equaliser and took control of the second half. Wilson had soon claimed his second goal with a cool finish after being picked out by Andreas Pereira and it wasn’t long before he completed his hat-trick after Ben Pearson played him in on goal. The keeper got a foot to it but it takes more than that to stop Wilson.
Wilson didn’t stop there, he scored his fourth, taking Tom Lawrence’s pass in his stride, before holding off the full-back and slotting the ball into the corner. That is Wilson’s 28th goal in his last 31 United appearances at all levels. He was subbed off with three minutes remaining to thunderous applause and cheers.
Speaking to MUTV after the match, James Wilson was pleased to have won the cup: “It’s brilliant obviously, the Manchester derby alone is great, and scoring the four goals to win the cup is a great feeling.
“Getting the goal [the equaliser] towards the end of the half, just before half-time, was great. It’s a great time to score.”
Wilson is hoping that new boss Louis Van Gaal was watching this evening as he looks to stake his claim for the first team: “I showed him what I can do tonight, so hopefully I get the call up [to the first team squad].”
Manchester United: J. Pereira, Vermijl, McNair, Thorpe, Varela (C. Evans 45′), Janko, Pearson, Rothwell (Harrop 45′), Lawrence, A. Pereira, Wilson (Willock 87′).
Unused Substitutes: O’Hara, Goss.
Man of the Match: James Wilson.