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Next stop Carrington for the Railwaymen as United U18s look to stay on the right track

Posted by nickogs20 on October 3, 2008

Crewe AlexandraPaul McGuinness’ Academy side will be doing their utmost to ensure a superb start to the season doesn’t hit the buffers tomorrow when they entertain Crewe Alexandra at Carrington.

That’s the end of the railway puns, I promise…

The visitors currently prop up Premier Academy League Group C, having won just won of their six games so far and picked up just five points from a possible 18. The Railwaymen started the campaign well, picking up creditable away draws at Chelsea and Barnsley either side of a home win over Southampton. That form has deserted them in the last few weeks however and Steve Holland’s side will head to Manchester looking to end a run of three consecutive defeats (against Sunderland, Sheffield United and Liverpool).

Crewe players to look out for are Mancunian midfielder (and this season’s top scorer so far) Matt Lund, dynamic full-back Danny Shelley and prolific Welsh striker Alex Titchener, who was on target against the Reds in the reverse fixture last season at Crewe’s Reaseheath Academy. United won 2-1 that day, Anton Bryan scoring a dramatic last-minute winner after Titchener had cancelled out Corry Evans’ opener. That win earned the Reds a measure of revenge after a 1-0 defeat almost exactly one year ago at Carrington.

Joshua King - still an injury doubt

Joshua King - still an injury doubt

Team news for United – definitely missing are Scott Moffatt (long-term injury) and Davide Petrucci (on Italy U19 duty), while Robert Brady, Joe Dudgeon and Joshua King are all unlikely to feature. Gary Woods’ full shift in goal for the reserves on Thursday may see him restricted to bench duty with Conor Devlin continuing between the sticks, and Federico Macheda may be absent for the same reason. Another reserve game being just four days away may also have an impact – with the greatest of respect to Crewe, the fact tomorrow is a home game against a side at the bottom of the table may mean the coaching staff deem it wise to rest Woods and Macheda.

After McGuinness played his ‘joker’ last week in the form of three ‘over-age’ players, you’d expect more of the same with the squad somewhat threadbare, but circumstances are slightly different this week. Of those three, Magnus Eikrem limped off injured on Thursday night while Corry Evans played the full ninety, so we can probably rule them out. Jimmy Derbyshire may well continue (having just played the second 45 for the second string), Anton Bryan could also come into consideration after Macheda’s exertions on Thursday but of the other U19s, Ben Amos and Danny Drinkwater are away with England U19s and Danny Galbraith is still on the injured list.

All this could lead to something of a raid on the U16s. Ryan Tunnicliffe, Jack Dean and Zeki Fryers could all come into contention, if only to give the Reds a full quota of substitutes.

Kick-off at the Trafford Training Centre tomorrow is at the usual time of 11am, MUTV again have live coverage (starting at 10.55am) with David Stowell and Arthur Albiston commentating. We’ll have the score and scorers up immediately after the final whistle (hope I haven’t just condemned us to a goalless draw saying that) and a full report up shortly after.

United (probable, from): Devlin, Woods; Brown, Gill, Strickland, Wootton; Curran, James, Norwood, Stewart; Ajose, Brandão, Macheda. Up to four U19 players may be included (3 outfield, 1 goalkeeper), any number of U16 players may be called up.

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3 Responses to “Next stop Carrington for the Railwaymen as United U18s look to stay on the right track”

  1. PK said

    Forgive me for not keeping track too well but what happened to Liam McClair, the Academ student like Oliver Gill? Is he still apart of the U18s?

    Also, has Lee Askham’s trial ended yet?

  2. nickogs20 said

    Re: McClair, in short no-one knows, but he’s not played for the Academy in over 12 months and has been removed from the squad list on the official site so it looks like he’s not still part of the u18s.

    Lee Askham’s trial does appearto have ended, no word yet on any developments.

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