Barclays Premier League Under-18s
Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Venue: Aon Training Complex
Date: Saturday, 19 September 2015
Kick-off: 11:00 BST
Manchester United U18s recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Marcus Rashford continued his fine recent form with his fifth goal in four games, before Callum Gribbin bagged his fourth free-kick of the season to give United a 2-0 half-time lead.
Jake Kenyon finished off the scoring at the Aon Training Complex in the second half, in a game that comes off the back of the U19s 3-0 win away at PSV Eindhoven in midweek in the UEFA Youth League.
A lightning start from United saw a neat move lead to Rashford firing a dangerous ball across goal to no avail, with a similar cross from Kenyon evading Rashford himself minutes later.
A succession of corners from the home side delivered by Gribbin saw one hit the bar, albeit off the head of Wolves midfielder Ryan Leak.
Conor Levingston’s foul led to Rashford also striking the bar from the resulting free-kick.
Rashford then turned provider for Zak Dearnley with an immaculate through ball, but Michael Sibley saved the low shot, and Nyeko Sinclair blocked the rebound from Rashford.
Levingston’s tame shot was held by Ollie Byrne in a rare Wolves attack before Gribbin’s cross was headed wide by Jimmy Dunne at the other end.
Another Gribbin corner was flicked on by Dunne under the challenge of keeper Sibley, but Dearnley’s shot on the turn was cleared off the line.
Captain Ross Finnie committed a foul on Gribbin, with Rashford crashing the resulting free-kick against the crossbar.
A second free-kick, just a minute later, taken by Gribbin from the right-hand side, missed everybody on its way through, and found its way into the back of the net, giving United a 2-0 lead heading into half-time.
An equally attacking and promising start after the interval, as Byrne tipped Allan’s shot over the bar, with Wolves temporarily having a 3v2 in their favour, but failing to capitalise on such numbers.
This proved costly, with Gribbin’s hold up play releasing Rashford, who played in Kenyon on the left-hand side, with United’s number 11 taking a touch to set, and, despite a touch on the ball from Sibley, finding the back of the net.
Sinclair produced a nasty challenge on Rashford after the latter had played in Dearnley, who weaved inside the penalty area, only for his left footed shot to be comfortably held, as the referee returned to book Sinclair during the next stoppage after playing a good advantage to allow Dearnley’s chance to play out.
Despite finding themselves 3-0 down, Wolves kept battling, with Levingston’s dink being tipped over by Byrne.
Nicu Carnat somehow found space to get a shot away, only for Byrne to tip the ball onto the bar, before the former’s cross was met by the head of substitute Joe Delacoe, only for the ball to land onto the top of the net.
Full time arrived, with United producing a comprehensive victory, blowing Wolves away in the first half in particular, in a game where they could have had more goals.
The U18s league record now reads 2-2-2 so far this season and are beginning to find their stride after two consecutive 3-0 victories.
Paul McGuinness’ side travel north for a trip to Middlesbrough next Saturday before facing rivals Liverpool at home the following week.
Manchester United: Byrne; Warren, Williams, Dunne, Reid; Scott, Whelan; Dearnley (Diedrick-Roberts 80), Gribbin, Kenyon (Boonen 80); Rashford.
Subs: Diedrick-Roberts, Dorrington, Boonen, Sang.
Manager: Paul McGuinness
Wolves: Sibley; Ball, Sinclair, Leak, John; Herc, Finnie, Levingston, Carnat; Allan (Delacoe 62), Lindsey (Eggington 65).
Subs: Delacoe, Bills, Eggington, Phillips, Rehman.
Manager: Jerry Gill