U18s ready for Rams visit
Posted by nickogs20 on September 19, 2008
United’s Academy side will be looking to continue their impressive start to the season when they welcome their Derby County peers to Carrington tomorrow.
The Reds’ opponents in what is another inter-group fixture (Derby are in Academy League Group D) have had a mixed start to the season. David Lowe’s side picked up an impressive 3-0 win away to Cardiff City but will still be smarting from a 6-0 thrashing on home turf at the hands of Everton just a fortnight ago. That topsy-turvy trend continued in their game last weekend, where they let a 3-0 half-time lead slip against West Bromwich Albion and were forced to settle for just a point. The one big plus for Derby so far this season has been the form of forward Paris Simmons, who has five goals in the opening four fixtures.
Lowe spoke to Derby’s official site ahead of tomorrow’s game, acknowledging the tough task facing his team:
“They (United) haven’t lost a game so far this season so we know it is going to be a tough test for us. We look as though we can score goals but at the moment we don’t look as if we can keep them out.”
That will make appetising reading for a United side coming off the back of a five-goal haul in last weekend’s game at Huddersfield. Five different players got on the scoresheet at Storthes Hall and Paul McGuinness is again likely to field a side packed with goal threat. Federico Macheda is again likely to lead the attack and could be partnered by Evandro Brandão, Nicky Ajose or Joshua King. The latter has been called up to Norway’s U16 squad for three games next week so is presumably close to a return from the ankle knock that has prevented him playing in any of the Reds’ three league games so far.
Elsewhere, McGuinness may give triallist Lee Askham another chance to impress, especially as fellow winger Robert Brady continues to be an injury absentee. Scott Moffatt remains sidelines, and Joe Dudgeon is unlikely to return. The game kicks off at 11am tomorrow morning, with MUTV covering the game live from the Trafford Training Centre at Carrington. We’ll have a full report as usual some time tomorrow afternoon.