The under-18 team for Manchester United left early on Saturday morning to compete against the youth teams of their city’s other major football club, Manchester City.
The first team to threaten to get the ball into the opponent’s penalty area was City, and it was Farid Alfa-Ruprecht who shot the ball into the side net at the back post.
Sam Murray took a free kick for United and forced a save that could only be parried back into the danger zone. Tyler Frederickson was able to put the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed because he was playing from behind the line.
It was a meeting with a lot of back-and-forth, and when City finally got to the signature to chop down Jayden Heskey, he left the post and left the room.
Maxi Oyedele punched the needle to signal to Manny Norkett to run, but the forward’s attempt to score was unsuccessful and the goal was missed.
In the 34th minute, City took the lead thanks to their captain Nico O’Reilly, who created space at the edge of the penalty area and blasted the ball into the bottom left corner. The ball bounced right beneath Elih Harrison’s control as it went into the corner.
Ethan Williams, who was stationed at the far post when Murray’s cross was played, presented United with a golden opportunity to pull even before the break, but the winger was unable to keep his close-range shot on target.
In the second half, Williams once again had a chance to level the score when he stole the ball from a City defender. This time, however, Williams did not make the same error twice and instead expertly hammered the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Five minutes later, United gained the lead thanks to Norkett, who got up and headed home after Fredrickson had shot the ball. This gave United the advantage.
The Manchester Derby is never without its share of controversy, and this time it occurred late in the game when Jack Kingdon was shown a straight red card for an unexpected challenge from behind high on the play.
United struck the post, despite the fact that the man fell, which led to Victor Musa being knocked out by the goalkeeper for City, which led to United winning the penalty. James Nolan took the penalty kick and placed it in the bottom right corner as he was called upon to do do.
Even though City scored a goal in the stoppage time provided by Matthew Whittingham, it was not enough to prevent United from defeating the winners 2-3 in the Manchester Derby.
Harrison, Kingdon, Aljofri, Jackson, Murray, Fredrickson, Oyedele, Nolan, Gore (Berry, 58), Williams, and Norkett were the United players who started the game (Musa, 89)