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Rasper from the returning Rodrigo seals dominant derby display

Posted by nickogs20 on October 22, 2008

Manchester City Man Utd
Manchester City Reserves 0-3 Manchester United Reserves
Cleverley 13
Gibson 57 (pen)
Possebon 63

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserve side continued their impressive recovery from the opening day defeat to Wigan with a third win on the bounce, this one a resounding 3-0 defeat of their table-topping local rivals at Ewen Fields. Goals from Tom Cleverley, Darron Gibson (from a penalty conceded by City’s Shaleum Logan, who was subsequently red-carded) and the fit-again Rodrigo Possebon were enough to inflict a first defeat of the campaign on City after a niggly ninety minutes.

United’s starting lineup had a strong look to it with plenty of senior experience right throughout the side – from Ben Foster in goal to Manucho leading the line upfront, and with Rafael da Silva, Darron Gibson and Rodrigo Possebon in between. The absence of Danny Welbeck and Kiko Macheda through injury meant Manucho started as the lone striker, but the midfield was bolstered by the return of Possebon from the nasty gash picked up last month on Carling Cup duty and of Gibson and Danny Drinkwater from international duty. In the continued absence of regular skipper James Chester, David Gray continued to wear the armband and was partnered at the heart of defence by Corry Evans.

There was a familiar face in goal for City in the form of Kasper Schmeichel (son of United legend Peter of course), and boss Glyn Hodges fielded a mix of players with senior experience (Logan, Sam Williamson) and members of last year’s FA Youth Cup-winning side (Vladimir Weiss, David Ball et al).

The first half was played at a frantic pace from start to finish, City not allowing United to settle into their usual pass-and-move rhythm and the Reds refusing to be cowed by the home side’s physical approach. Unable to play the way they’re more accustomed to playing, the Reds nonetheless posed a threat to the City goal right from the off and fashioned all the meaningful chances in the first 45 minutes.

Tom Cleverley - on target with his third goal of the season

Tom Cleverley - on target with his third goal of the season

The first of those to be converted was by no means clear-cut, not that you’d have known that from the way it was taken. It’s hard to say whether there was a hefty stroke of luck involved or whether credit has to go to Messrs Solskjaer and Joyce for their work on the training ground – either way, Gibson’s low near-post corner just before the quarter-hour mark flicked off Gray’s boot and sat up perfectly for Cleverley, lurking ominously just outside the 18-yard box. The Yorkshireman instantly volleyed goalwards and Schmeichel could only stand and watch as the ball arrowed into the bottom corner.

It was a lead United deserved and one they could easily have increased before the interval. Both Cleverley and Rafael got in behind the City defence and were only foiled by smart saves from the City keeper, while Drinkwater, Possebon and Hewson probed dangerously in midfield and the tireless Richard Eckersley constantly posed a threat on the left flank.

City will have been glad to get in at half-time just the one goal in arrears and Hodges would surely have expected an improved second-half showing from his hitherto unbeaten side but, bar centre-half Ben Mee’s misdirected free header shortly after the break, Ben Foster continued to have nothing to do as United continued to push for a vital second goal.

The half was just over ten minutes old when it came and it was the aforementioned Eckersley who burst forward from left-back for the umpteenth time, got in behind Logan and drew a foul just as he shaped to shoot. Unlike the referee for Saturday’s academy game, referee Mr Halliday showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot and, after Logan was dismissed for the professional foul, Gibson stepped up to coolly send City’s Danish keeper the wrong way and effectively secure the three points for United.

The game was really ended as a contest by that red card and the Reds were now able to pass the ball around at will and well and truly take the sting out of their opponents. More goals were there to be had, and when Possebon lashed home a fiercely-struck daisy-cutter from Manucho’s lay-off just over five minutes later, a rout looked on the cards. That never quite materialised, United by-and-large happy to keep possession and conserve their energies, Solskjaer also taking the chance to use his full compliment of substitutes and give Antonio Bryan, Jimmy Derbyshire and Magnus Eikrem some much-needed minutes on the park.

That said, there were two more glaring opportunities for United to add further gloss to the scoreline, and both fell to our big Angolan centre-forward. Ploughing the lone furrow upfront was a thankless task at times for the African but a task he nevertheless performed with aplomb, holding the ball up impressively and bringing runners from midfield into the game. As the game drew to a close and legs got weary, the striker created himself two terrific chances out of nothing in almost identical fashion, spinning away from his marker on the halfway line and showing real pace and power to hold off defenders as he bore down on goal. Unfortunately both times Manucho was forced to shoot with his weaker right foot and Schmeichel was able to pull off excellent low one-handed saves, but a first goal in United colours isn’t far away for the 25 year-old on this evidence.

3-0 it finished, the red-card certainly making life easier in the second half for the visitors but in no way an excuse for a City side who were outplayed and well beaten. As already mentioned, Eckersley and Manucho shone, as did the effervescent Rafael at right-back. Corry Evans also slotted in at centre-half and had an impeccable game – with the embarrassment of riches available to OGS in central midfield right now that may be a position we see the young Ulsterman in more often as the season progresses.

1. Ben Foster
2. Rafael da Silva
3. Richard Eckersley
4. David Gray (c)
5. Corry Evans
6. Rodrigo Possebon (12. Jimmy Derbyshire 76)
7. Darron Gibson
8. Danny Drinkwater (16. Antonio Bryan 67)
9. Manucho
10. Sam Hewson
11. Tom Cleverley (14. Magnus Eikrem 77)

Subs not used
13. Ron-Robert Zieler
15. Matthew James

Booked: Drinkwater

This win takes the Reds up to fourth in the Premier Reserve League North, with no league fixture now for a month (Hull away on November 18th). The second string will be in action at least once in that gap however, with the November 5th friendly with Celtic in Glasgow a fortnight away. There also appears to be a United XI pencilled in to play Trafford next week, although no confirmation on that has been forthcoming from the club as yet.

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16 Responses to “Rasper from the returning Rodrigo seals dominant derby display”

  1. ade beckham said

    I am really glad to see my dear rodrigo back in action.I love him so much.he is my role model in the central midfield position here with legendary david beckham when i play right midfield because i am an all round player i play every wing for my local club FASHINA FC from position 1-11 i can also guide the goal post away from the goal mongers like my brother Alex in the senior team level here,he and i was scouted by EKO fc of lagos Nigeria but the deal stumbled because of some poor connection,i am also a football player aged 12,i was scouted by EKO FC not too long ago when i trained with there U-13 set up and a coach told me i impressed most of there coaches a lot playing all round position.
    I love united because they are my club.When Rio came to Nigeria,i couldn’t meet him because of lack of representative but i know one day i will also play for man utd.funny enough i wil like to be a medical doctor in future.

  2. ade beckham said

    Big up………

    1. Ben Foster
    2. Rafael da Silva
    3. Richard Eckersley
    4. David Gray (c)
    5. Corry Evans
    6. Rodrigo Possebon (12. Jimmy Derbyshire 76)
    7. Darron Gibson
    8. Danny Drinkwater (16. Antonio Bryan 67)
    9. Manucho
    10. Sam Hewson
    11. Tom Cleverley (14. Magnus Eikrem 77)

    13. Ron-Robert Zieler
    15. Matthew James

    I love you all and the injured like Joe,keep it up we beat our deadly, bitter, local rivals.

    I love rodrigo,please bring golden boy of italian football to the reserve set up,you know who i am referring to……The prince DAVID ‘GOLDEN BOY’ PETRUCCI. and his friend KIKO,they are all impressive.i want united to sign the likes of Jeremy Helen, the Rennes left back, and Darnel Situ, the France Under16 captain.

    Big up twin dragon,where are you Fabio please come back from your injury problem now that EVRA is injured,come feel the space as your second as been doing at right back.we need you.
    i need new signings to the youth ranks.

    Gai Assulin
    defender Marc Muniesa

    Willy Caballero,

    Coritiba striker Keirrison

    Zele Ismail.

    Gerard Deulofeu.

    Frederic Nimani

    Lauri Dalla Valle

    Mahamadou Dabo

    Douglas Costa

    Josh McEachran

    Frank Temile


    Talles Cunha

    Tiago Luis.

    Jack Sampson

    Thiago and Rafa Alcantara

    Marc Muniesa

    Serbian wonder kid Adem Ljajic

    Aleksic Danijel

    Nikon Jevtic

    Adria Carmona

    Kolbein Sigthórsson


    Elliot simmons age 9

    Romeo Beckham
    Adama Diakite
    Sercan Yildirim

    Reuben Noble-Lazarus

    Charles Renken

    george lazure

    Lee Kang-In

    Maxime Partouche

    And others.

    don’t worry i will update you more on new stars of the world.i am always on my computer anytime after football.

  3. PK said

    Wow, that’s some list. Anyway, as for the result, looks like a really good one, which is a very good reflection of all usual reserve guys back in the fray. It’s excellent to see Rodrigo back and scoring too, that’s a bonus. Good 76 minutes for him.

    On a side note, is the international and loan wrap-ups coming soon? I don’t generally keep in touch with the youth level stuff outside of united and would love some updates on the guys we have on loan.

  4. Maggot said

    Do somebody have a Manchester United Reserve – Manchester City Reserve goals or highlights?

  5. the list look like taken from Football Manager 2008 wonderkids :P

  6. robert said

    “Ade Beckham Says:
    October 23, 2008 at 12:11 am

    don’t worry i will update you more on new stars of the world.i am always on my computer anytime after football.”

    Sounds to me like Ade Beckham needs to get off his FM game and get out and take a deep breath of fresh air more frequently.

  7. […] brightest young star. Great to see him back in action for the reserves this week. He scored in a 3-0 win against Manchester City. It was feared that he had broken his leg after a reckless tackle by Emanuel Pogatetz during a […]

  8. The Brain said

    glad to see possebon back. Him and gibson both will be competing for united starting place in the future.


  9. ade beckham said

    NO,it’s not from football managers 2008.

    i am getting it from a source,i mean academy

  10. ade beckham said

    Do you know there are a lot of young players who wants to play for the big teams right now?

    They are over thousands.

    Amongst others are me……..Age 12, and my elder brother…….Age 16.

  11. ade beckham said

    These are some lists………

    Alan Dzagoev(cska moskow)

    Diguinho(botafogo)and he is highly rated,defensive midfielder.

    Walter(inter de porto of brazil popularly known as internacional)Scouted by Jaap’the rock’Stam.

    Medi Abalimba,please tell united to get this 16 yr od boy,he was on trial with united last year but no deal was strucked,now he is liverpool on trials,that should not happen to the likes of lee brennan,lee askham,Adem ljajic and the rest.

    Grab jeremy Helen and Darnell situ-buyence now or never.

  12. Phil said

    Ade, I’m sure someone of your esteemed knowledge is aware of young American talent Eric Cartmenes, what are your thoughts on him?

  13. NicoQB said


  14. Z H said

    Got an interesting article.
    U all like youngsters read this:

  15. Tone said

    There is a reserve match tomorrow at Trafford FC, KO 7.45. There is also a cup match on Thursday against Bolton, at Northwich 7pm.

  16. Drogbabas said

    why not lulinha,ninis,alex teixeira santo,krystian pearce,matias jorgense,dentinho,daniel sturridge,neymar jr,martin galvan,ettiene e’to,ramalhwe mphahlele,ace bhengu,dipanda pierrick,ulrich boucka,hadria nour,kakitani,

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