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Petrucci nears long-awaited return

Posted by nickogs20 on October 18, 2010

After almost nine frustrating months on the sidelines, United’s highly-rated Italian midfielder Davide Petrucci is apparently close to a return to action.


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United Youth Review of 2009: Part One

Posted by nickogs20 on December 31, 2009

With another eventful and successful calendar year for United’s reserve and academy teams drawing to a close, it’s time for the almost-inevitable 2009 retrospective. We start today with January through til March, covering some surprise transfer activity, one of the greatest reserve games of recent times and Wembley glory for some of Fergie’s latest batch of fledglings.


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Youth Cup: United 2 Birmingham 0 – Reds edge past battling Blues

Posted by nickogs20 on December 11, 2009

December 10th 2009, 7pm
Moss Lane, Altrincham

Man Utd Birmingham
Manchester United U18s 2-0 Birmingham City U18s
Pogba 1
Ajose 30

It wasn’t particularly convincing, it certainly wasn’t all that pretty but ultimately, a hard-fought 2-0 win over Birmingham City was enough to send United’s academy side through to Round Four of this year’s FA Youth Cup.

Things couldn’t have started better for Paul McGuinness’ side, who were ahead before the clock had even reached the sixty-second mark thanks to some slack marking from the visitors and a smart header from Paul Pogba. United struggled to build on that early advantage however and the Blues gave as good as they got, maybe even having the better of the first-half and likely feeling more than a little unfortunate to go in two behind at the break after Nicky Ajose doubled the Reds’ lead on the half-hour mark.

With Birmingham still very much in the game, a pivotal moment came eight minutes into the second half as the Blues were awarded something of a soft penalty, only for striker Jake Jervis to see his penalty brilliantly saved by Conor Devlin. A goal there and it could have been a very different game but that miss seemed to drain the visitors’ belief, and the Reds saw out the rest of a tricky tie in relative comfort to ensure their name would be in the hat for tomorrow’s fourth round draw.


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U18s: United 5 Bolton 1 – Reds run riot with sensational second-half performance

Posted by nickogs20 on November 10, 2009

November 7th 2009, 11am
Trafford Training Centre, Carrington

Man Utd Bolton
Manchester United U18s 5-1 Bolton Wanderers U18s
W. Keane 28 Sampson 85
Morrison 52
Tunnicliffe 65
Cole 75
Pogba 90 (pen)

A week in the Maltese sun clearly had the desired effect on United’s U18 side as they thrashed a strong Bolton Wanderers side 5-1 at Carrington to move into second place in Academy League Group C.

One of the form teams in academy football, the visitors arrived at Carrington in optimistic mood and gave pretty much as good as they got in the first 45 minutes, only to be blown away after the break by a scintillating display of attacking football that saw Ravel Morrison and Ryan Tunnicliffe add to Will Keane’s first half opener before Larnell Cole and Paul Pogba completed the scoring with their first U18 goals either side of a bizarre late consolation goal for the Trotters’ Jack Sampson.


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Wolves 2 United 2: Petrucci returns to help Reds pick up a point

Posted by nickogs20 on October 27, 2009

October 24th 2009, 11am
Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, Wolverhampton

Wolves Man Utd
Wolverhampton Wanderers U18s 2-2 Manchester United U18s
Spray 7 Brady 30
Rooney 10, missed pen 26 Ajose 89

For the second time already in this fledgling season, United’s academy side produced a spirited comeback and a late late equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw in a tough away game. Having done so at Leeds from 2-1 down earlier in the campaign, they had to go one better at the Sir Jack Hayward training ground on Saturday morning, rallying after going 2-0 down inside the first ten minutes to goal from forwards James Spray and Nathan Rooney.

With less than half an hour played, Paul McGuinness’ U18s were staring down the barrel of a resounding defeat, with home side Wolves presented with a chance to make it three from the penalty spot and arguably put the game out of sight for the visiting Reds, who looked decidedly shaky at the back. Rooney was foiled by Conor Devlin however, and United seized the lifeline offered to them, Robbie Brady pulling one back before the break with a trademark freekick before Nicky Ajose, latching onto a throughball from the returning Davide Petrucci, earned his side an extremely hard-earned point with a great finish ninety seconds from time.


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Le Havre lash out as United ‘poach’ Pogba

Posted by nickogs20 on August 2, 2009

In a statement on their official website, French Ligue 2 side Le Havre have confirmed that their promising young midfielder Paul Pogba has joined Manchester United, much to their chagrin.


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Rossi, Macheda, Petrucci….. now Massacci?

Posted by nickogs20 on July 3, 2009

In what appears to be becoming an annual event, United have seemingly secured the services of another promising Italian youngster – this time 16 year-old defender Alberto Massacci from Empoli.


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Time to have your say…

Posted by nickogs20 on May 28, 2009

So that’s it… 2008/09 is in the history books. A great season for the reserve and academy sides at United, and indeed for young players at the club in general, with many making the step up to the first team and playing their part in another successful campaign. Over the next few weeks we’ll be reviewing the season here at United Youth in a number of ways and dishing out the inevitable awards, and on that latter point, we want your input.

On the sidebar to the right, you’ll notice a poll where you can vote for your academy player of the season, so… er, please do! Bear in mind that this award is for achievement and contributions with the Under-18 side, so while, say, Danny Welbeck has been academy eligible, almost all of his good work this season has been with the reserves or the first team, so he probably wouldn’t come into contention. You can still vote for him of course – we have picked out seven standout performers, but the ‘Other’ option is there for you to vote for anyone you like.

A quick word or two on our seven standouts:

Nicky Ajose
Top scorer for the U18s with 10 goals in just 17 starts.

Joe Dudgeon
Mr Consistency at left-back all year.

Matty James
Fantastic first half of the campaign saw him pick up six goals before being promoted to the reserves full-time.

Kiko Macheda
Made a major name for himself with his first-team exploits, but also found the net 8 times in 13 starts for the academy in the first half of the season.

Oliver Norwood
Played in 28 of a possible 29 games and scored nine goals from midfield. Inherited the captain’s armband from James.

Davide Petrucci
An extremely promising first season at the club, with 5 goals in 13 starts before injury cut his campaign short.

Scott Wootton
Only missed two games all season, a key part of one of the stingiest defences in academy football.

We’ll give you a few days to vote before running the next of the handful of polls we have lined up, and the results will be revealed along with our own awards in a few weeks time.

On a general note, thanks to everyone for reading the site all season, for contributing comments and for providing info, it’s all greatly appreciated and makes the effort worthwhile. As ever, any feedback, suggestions or comments are welcomed, be they about things you want to see covered or things we’ve covered already.

Obviously the close season gives everyone a chance to take a breather, and updates will naturally be more sporadic, but we’ll be continuing to cover everything relevant, from transfers to friendly announcements to international commitments, so keep checking back and you’ll not miss a thing. Summer means holidays, so there will be periods where we can’t update for a few days at a time, so please bear with us – we’ll endeavour to catch up with anything and everything that occurs while we’re away.

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City 1 United 0: U18s succumb to late strike

Posted by nickogs20 on February 14, 2009

Manchester City Man Utd
Manchester City U18s 1-0 Manchester United U18s
Benali 84

In a very tense derby match at Platt Lane this morning, very little separated the two teams until City snatched a late goal to win the game and complete the double over their United counterparts. The Reds largely matched their table-topping local rivals but couldn’t find a way past Clegg in the City goal, the hosts ultimately making Paul McGuinness’ side pay with the only goal of the match from Ahmed Benali, a strike that ended United’s impressive unbeaten away record.


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Macheda and Petrucci make big impression on Solskjaer

Posted by nickogs20 on February 13, 2009

Reserve team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking about the impression United’s 17 year-old Italian duo Kiko Macheda and Davide Petrucci have made on the coaching staff at Carrington.


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