After a heavy defeat to Leeds on Tuesday, the Manchester United U23 team looked like a rebound with a great performance against Everton last night at Old Trafford.
An early chance opened up for Charlie Wellens as he rode in to recover from the Shola Shoretire, but his shot was blocked.
In the early stages, it was all about United. Everton’s bank of midfielders and defenders seated deep, proved tough to break through.
On the 12th minute, Alvaro Fernandez found the gap and slipped into the penalty area before scoring a square for Noam Emeran, who took him in the corner and fired a shot but was unable to keep him in the goal.
United controlled possession around Everton’s field and Zidane Iqbal tried to check the goalkeeper from a distance with a well-placed shot that required a strong pair of hands to parry.
Everton looked like a breakthrough at times, but had trouble testing Ondrej Mastny.
Their first on-target shot was in the 24th minute when Lewis Dobbin stepped in from the left, but it was a tame shot straight at Mastny.
Seconds later, the game was interrupted due to an unusual event because someone vomited on the field and had to be cleaned up.
After a few minutes, the action resumed and Emeran burst into Everton’s penalty area after a defender hit, but the runaway goalkeeper lunged in and managed to stop the Frenchman’s square pass.
Emeran had a free kick from 20 yards and was staring at the top left corner, but this one glided past the post.
The dying first-half minutes saw Dobbin slide to Everton’s number 9, Thomas Cannon, on the left, and the striker hit the ball into the right shoe to take a high shot, forcing Mastny to tip the crossbar, leaving it level at the break.
In the second half, United continued their dominance of possession, which finally paid off as they took the lead in the 59th minute thanks to Charlie Savage with his father watched in the stands.
Emeran squeezed in on the left side and slowed down for the Welsh midfielder 20 yards to open his body and jump into the lower left corner.
It was the last appearance of Emeran who was eliminated until his recent appointment in Argentina, Alejandro Garnacho.
The Spanish-born winger would make an immediate impact, helping United to double their lead. Savage scored United by a hard tackle, which allowed Hannibal Mejbri to break into space and push him to Garnacho on the left, who knocked the ball into the penalty area to send D’Mani Mellor sideways into the goal.
A few minutes later Garnacho wanted to add another after a brilliant dribble over the edge of the penalty area to open up a shot, but the goalkeeper parried and jumped into a take-off to prevent the marauding Mellor.
Garnacho caused trouble again shortly after hitting poor clearance from the Everton goalkeeper and breaking through the left side before firing a shot over the crossbar.
A brilliantly played team goal allowed United to seal the match in the 83rd minute. Fernandez rushed inside and Hannibal knocked him out with a cleavage pass, and a defender directed him to Garnacho on the left. A low-run cross found the Shoretire in the area to make another skillful move to perfectly position Mellor for a hit of the second.
The dying seconds marked the start of Garnacho to become a scorer as Hannibal made a free left by Hannibal, but the winger was unable to lift him above the goalkeeper and the final score remained 3-0.
States: Mastny, Wellens, Bennett, Hardley, Fernandez, Savage (Hansen-Aaroen 72), Iqbal (Svidersky 72), Shoretire, Hannibal, Emeran (Garnacho 61), Mellor
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