Manchester United’s Under-23s play West Ham in Premier League 2 on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds beat Brighton 2-1 last time out, but this clash against title-chasing West Ham promises to be a tricky encounter.
While West Ham is second in Premier League 2, they have a game to play [against United] to play league leaders Manchester City. United are currently sixth in the table and sit 10 points behind today’s opposition.
D’Mani Mellor scored a brace for United against Brighton and will be hoping to lead by example again today.
The game starts at 1:00 PM on Leigh Sports Village.
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30′ – MUN 1-1 WHUSteven Railston
United are not shying away from a challenge today
They are making their presence felt.
They are not being bullied.
25′ – MUN 1-1 WHUSteven Railston
West Ham is on top now
West Ham are really testing Mastny in goal here.
They have responded well to the initial setback.
23′- MUN 1-1 WHUKEY EVENT
GOAL! 1-1 WESTERN HAM!
GOAL! 1-1 WESTERN HAM!
Chesters with the goal. That was coming.
You don’t stop them, straight to the top corner.
22′ – MUN 1-0 WHUSteven Railston
Another great save from Mastny.
19′ – MUN 1-0 WHUSteven Railston
That’s a great save from Mastny to keep United ahead.
17′ – MUN 1-0 WHUSteven Railston
United deserve their lead
West Ham are in contention for the Premier League 2 title and they have yet to lay a glove on United. The Reds have been brave on the ball and cool. They’re defending well and Fish’s presence in the back definitely helps. The youngster is back from his loan at Stockport and is excelling at this level again.
13′ – MUN 1-0 WHUKEY EVENT
GOAL!! UNITED 1-0!!
GOAL! UNITED 1-0!
Mellor with a great shot after a simply wonderful assist from Shoretire.
That was special.
12′ – MUN 0-0 WHUSteven Railston
United looks dangerous on the left
Fernandez is offering his typical menacing presence down the left and his link with Hansen could give United a chance here. West Ham have yet to have a possession spell.
8′- MUN 0-0 WHUSteven Railston
Take a bow, fish
Fish just played an excellent ball from center back down the right channel.
That was a stellar distribution.
6′- MUN 0-0 WHUSteven Railston
Fernandez plays a great ball
Fernandez plays a great ball but Hansen can’t keep it.
United the better side here.
4′- MUN 0-0 WHUSteven Railston
Good start for United
This is a bright and confident start from United.
They’re in 4-3-3 today, instead of their usual 4-2-3-1 and that’s a statement of intent.
Mellor was just denied a chance by a brilliant challenge from West Ham.
1′ MUN 0-0 WHUSteven Railston
We are on our way here.
Leigh Sports Village established
Manchester United starting eleven confirmed
This is how United starts.
XI | mastny; Wellens, Fish, Hardley, Fernandez; Svidersky, Savage; Shoretire, Hansen, Emeran; Mellor (c).
SUBS | Vitek, Bennett, Mather, Stanley, Iqbal.
ICYMI: Mellor shines for United U23 on return from Salford loan
D’Mani Mellor and Zidane Iqbal returned to the pitch just before the second half with their arms around each other.
No wonder they were so animated and smiling. United’s Under-23s visited Brighton in Premier League 2 on Friday afternoon and made the perfect start to the match when Mellor gave the Reds the lead just after 10 minutes.
Charlie Wellens played a speculative pass into the Brighton box and Mellor reacted first to find the back of the net.
Mellor doubled his tally soon after, with Brighton committing a calamitous defense after United put pressure on the ball. The youngster was recalled from his loan spell at Salford earlier this week and it was the perfect return to under-23 action.
Read the latest game report here.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.