U18s look to go one better than city rivals
Posted by nickogs20 on September 12, 2008
After an enforced week off courtesy of the English weather, United’s U18s resume their league campaign tomorrow morning against a Huddersfield Town side who picked up an extremely creditable draw last weekend against reigning FA Youth Cup champions and FAPAL Group C winners Manchester City.
The trip to Group D Huddersfield’s Storthes Hall training complex is a third successive inter-group fixture (and would have been the fourth has last week’s clash with Middlesbrough gone ahead) for the young Reds. The Terriers finished sixth in their group last season with a record that in isolation shouldn’t cause any sleepless nights for Paul McGuinness and his side, but the United coach and many of his charges will remember well the difficulty they had overcoming Graham Mitchell’s side when these two sides met last September at Carrington – a solitary Chris Curran goal was the only difference between the two teams that day.
The visitors have fitness doubts over first-choice goalkeeper Damian Eastham and a couple of other players but expect to have a full squad to choose from. McGuinness meanwhile will be without long-term injury absentee Scott Moffatt and may still be deprived of the services of Joe Dudgeon and Joshua King (knee and ankle injuries respectively), but will have U16s Ryan Tunnicliffe and Zeki Fryers back in contention after they were unavailable for the win over Norwich due to international duty.
The game kicks-off at 11am, and unfortunately the only way to see the game live is to make the trip to West Yorkshire – directions can be found here for those interested. As yet there is no coverage, either live or highlights, scheduled on MUTV – if anything emerges on that front we’ll let you know.
We’ll hopefully have news, lineups and of course the result from the game at some point tomorrow afternoon – things might be delayed a bit by the other big game taking place involving a United side tomorrow lunchtime so bear with us.