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United 2 Wigan 1: Anderson strikes to kickstart comeback

Posted by nickogs20 on September 3, 2009

September 3rd 2009, 7pm
Moss Lane, Altrincham

Man Utd Bolton
Manchester United Reserves 2-1 Wigan Athletic Reserves
Anderson 38 Cywka 17 (pen)
Eikrem 48

A comeback against Wigan was perhaps the highlight of last season for the Reserves, and while this wasn’t quite as dramatic as that epic 5-4 win, Ole Solskjaer’s side again overturned a deficit against the Latics this evening to maintain their unblemished start to the new campaign.

A clumsy challenge from Cameron Stewart enabled Tomas Cywka to hand the visitors the lead from the penalty spot, but United drew level five minutes before the break thanks to that rarest of things – an Anderson goal from open play. Second-half substitute Joshua King brilliantly set up fellow Norwegian Magnus Eikrem for what proved to be the winner, and only that irksome combination of fine goalkeeping and wayward finishing prevented the Reds from recording a more emphatic margin of victory.

More to follow…

1. Ben Amos
2. Fábio da Silva
3. Joe Dudgeon
4. Matt James
5. James Chester (c)
6. Gary Neville
7. Cameron Stewart (16. Joshua King 46)
8. Anderson
9. Febian Brandy (14. Oliver Gill 88)
10. Magnus Eikrem (15. Oliver Norwood 72)
11. Sam Hewson

Subs not used
12. Scott Wootton
13. Conor Devlin

Booked: Brandy

Wigan: Nicholls; Chiocchi (Crane 72), Langley, Meace, Mustoe; Cywka, Routledge, Breeze (Lambert 83), Holt, Redmond; McManaman
Subs not used: Williams, Jukes, Amos

Ref: S Martin (Staffordshire)

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8 Responses to “United 2 Wigan 1: Anderson strikes to kickstart comeback”

  1. Coyla said

    Wtf Nick, was Gary Neville playing as a right winger, surely Fabio would be better in that position?

  2. jjain said

    stewart was not up to the mark…there were tackles everywhere. i remember a tackle on stewart. he was ghastly scared to play football for the next 5-10 min. he wasnt creative on the wings. you could see in the face of anderson how ashamed he was to play in the reserves. he didnt even celebrate after scoring but that was a nice finish. Joshua is good. Chester was solid in the back along with Joe.

  3. nickogs20 said

    Coyla – no, Gary played at centre-back.

    Jjain – I don’t think Anderson looked ashamed at all, he looked glad to be getting a game under his belt and seemed to enjoy himself. First-teamers or youngsters who get a taste of the first-team often go through the motions in reserve games but Anderson certainly didn’t. He celebrated his goal by running to Ole/Warren, and was right in the mix celebrating the winner.

  4. Ed said

    This is the first time I have seen Joshua King in the flesh and I was very impressed. Made an immediate impact, with Febian clearly a little stranded upfront on his own. For those who haven’t seen him, he is big, quick and quite skilful. Setting up a goal 3 minutes after coming on, then hitting the bar after 16 minutes; he looks to have a real future at United.

    However I was very unhappy with the behaviour of Wigan’s Number 8, their captain, who had clearly been sent out to mark Anderson, and he interpreted this as giving him license to try to kick Anderson out of the game. A lesser player, or one who was not determined to succeed at United, could clearly have hidden and avoided being battered and bruised. Instead Anderson stood up to this bully, visibly confronting him, and then showing him how football really should be played.

    Very impressed with the Reserves, who looked the better side for most of the game and deserved better than just a 2-1 victory.

    What was the attendance last night, certainly much better than the 308 for Bury.

  5. […] United 2 Wigan 1: Anderson strikes to kickstart comeback September 3rd 2009, 7pm Moss Lane, Altrincham […]

  6. nickogs20 said

    A quote from Ole about Anderson – “He volunteered to play for the reserves. Asking to play just shows his professionalism and determination to succeed.”

  7. anderson is now cult. but has the makings of a united legend :*)

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