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May 8, 2011
United Under-21s welcome Norwich to Old Trafford - Official Manchester United Website

Manchester United's Under-21s will hope to put on another show at Old Trafford in the final home game of the Barclays U21 Premier League season against Norwich City this evening.

The home crowd enjoyed three stunning strikes against Aston Villa last time out at Old Trafford before a 1-0 win at Tottenham increased the likelihood that the Reds' campaign will be extended by virtue of securing a place in the semi-finals.

James Wilson ploughed a lone furrow in attack at White Hart Lane, scoring with his only shot on target, and the striker is likely to spearhead the team's attack once again. The 18-year-old was set the target of scoring in the last four league games by Reserves coach Warren Joyce and is halfway to achieving that aim.

"There is no doubt he is a special talent," enthused Joyce on MUTV. "I watched the UEFA Youth League Under-19 semi-finals on Friday and there are no players there with the same qualities he has, that is for sure. He has just got to keep working away and we've got to keep working to develop him. He finishes well and does a good job for the team as well."

Paddy McNair and Charni Ekangamene formed a formidable defensive barrier at Spurs despite neither being natural centre-backs but, with Guillermo Varela receiving several stitches in a head wound, there is unlikely to be much room for manoeuvre at the back.

"McNair has been tremendous," commented Joyce. "He came to the club as a no.10 but we have had no centre-halves." Saidy Janko switched to right-back when Varela was substituted in the capital with James Weir coming off the bench to bolster the midfield.

All supporters can gain free access by texting 'Under21 plus Norwich' to 60777. Supporters will receive an SMS on matchday advising which turnstile to enter the stadium. The 19:00 BST kick-off is also live on MUTV with Phil Neville providing co-commentary.
Team: J.Pereira; Varela, McNair, Ekangamene, James; Janko, Pearson, Rothwell, A.Pereira, Rowley; Wilson.
Subs: Gollini, Weir, Rudge, Harrop, McConnell.

Team: R. Matthews; McNeil, Callan-McFadden, Awuah, Efete; E.Bennet, Norman, Grant, Byrne-Hewitt; Hall-Johnson, Morris.
Subs: Fox, Killip, Cole
0-0 at half time. Fairly dull first half. Plenty of possession for United and Norwich defending deep.
1-0 United, Weir. Scrappy goal. The ball seemed to go out of play for a Norwich throw-in in the build up to the goal.
2-1, Morris penalty. Harsh call to award a penalty against Rowley for a handball.
Not too bad, though I guess he could miss the rest of the season, which is a shame as there was a chance he could have made his debut. He sustained the injury through a tackle. He walked to the dressing room with a slight limp after he was replaced.
Depending how bad it is i'd imagine with it being so close to the end of the season they won't risk him now. Let him recover fully and come back next season fully fit with a pre-season behind him.

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