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Gary Woods joins Doncaster Rovers

Posted by nickogs20 on March 26, 2009

Academy goalkeeper Gary Woods has left United to join Championship side Doncaster Rovers on a contract until the end of the 2009/10 season.


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Youth Cup: Starting Lineups

Posted by nickogs20 on November 27, 2008

Man Utd Chelsea
Manchester United U18s Chelsea U18s


Scott WOOTTON 4 Jeffrey BRUMA
Oliver GILL 5 Ben GORDON
Matt JAMES (c) 6 Daniel PHILLISKIRK (c)
Ra’vel MORRISON 7 Jacopo SALA
Federico MACHEDA 9 Fabio BORINI
Robbie BRADY 11 Frank NOUBLE


Kenny STRICKLAND 12 Billy Joe KING
Cameron STEWART 15 Billy KNOTT


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Reserves seek first win as Wigan come to town

Posted by nickogs20 on October 2, 2008

Wigan AthleticUnited’s second string host Wigan Athletic at the Marstons Arena this evening, looking to improve in terms of both performance and points gained from the opening game stalemate with Blackburn Rovers.


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U18’s get season underway with creditable point

Posted by nickogs20 on August 23, 2008

West Ham Manchester United
West Ham U18 0-0 Man Utd U18


United’s Academy side started the new Premier Academy League season with one of those footballing rarities – an entertaining goalless draw. Reds’ boss Paul McGuinness won’t be displeased with a point from what always promised to be a tough game away at West Ham, and while there’ll perhaps be a nagging feeling that his side could have taken all three points, there’ll also be recognition that without a fine performance in goal from Gary Woods, they could have been returning to Manchester empty-handed.


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Altrincham 0 United Reserves 3: Convincing win marred by crowd trouble at Moss Lane

Posted by nickogs20 on July 20, 2008

Altrincham FC Manchester United
Altrincham F.C. 0-3 MUFC Reserves

Macheda 22, 34
Possebon 80

1. Gary Woods
2. David Gray (17. Oliver Norwood ’76)
3. Jimmy Derbyshire (18. Oliver Gill ’46)
4. Craig Cathcart
5. James Chester
6. Rodrigo Possebon (12. Kenny Strickland ’81)
7. Magnus Eikrem (15. Cameron Stewart ’46)
8. Daniel Drinkwater (14. Matty James ’62)
9. Federico Macheda
10. Tom Cleverley (c)
11. Sam Hewson (16. Evandro Brandão ’62)
Unused Sub:
13. Conor Devlin


Gray – Chester – Cathcart – Derbyshire

Eikrem – Drinkwater – Possebon – Cleverley




Events off the field may have somewhat overshadowed those on it, but for 84 minutes at Moss Lane there was a very good United performance and a very watchable encounter to enjoy for those in the crowd who actually came to take in a football match. A first-half brace from Federico Macheda and another stunning long-range strike from Rodrigo Possebon had established a 3-0 lead for the Reds before the game was brought to a premature close with five minutes remaining after a group of spectators purporting to be United fans stormed the pitch and got involved in confrontations with Altrincham players, forcing the referee to abandon the contest. More on that later, but let’s focus on the football for now.

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Tis a fine week to be a young Manchester United ‘keeper…

Posted by nickogs20 on July 18, 2008

The past seven days have been kind to United’s emerging custodians. Edwin van der Sar’s post-Euro 2008 vacation, Tom Heaton’s loan to Cardiff and Ron-Robert Zieler’s participation in the Euro U19 Finals with Germany has had something of a knock-on effect, elevating younger keepers up the pecking order into games they would otherwise have stood no chance of being involved in.

The most obvious beneficiary has been Ben Amos. With everyone present and correct the 18 year-old would have been competing with two others for game-time in the reserves’ friendlies, but events conspired to give him a first team ‘debut’ (albeit non-competitive) last weekend at Aberdeen. To say he seized the opportunity with both hands or put in a blinding performance would be an exaggeration as in all honesty he had very little to do, but what he did have to do he did with utmost competence, and the England U18 stopper didn’t look at all out of place.

Even better news was then to come in midweek, when Thursday saw Ben named in the 21-man travelling party for the Reds’ pre-season tour of South Africa and Nigeria. Ben goes on tour as clear third-choice keeper behind Ben Foster and Tomasz Kuszczak and, with those two competing for the understudy job this season (and potentially their United futures) he may well struggle to get much time on the field of play, but regardless, the experience of going on tour with the first-team, training with them every day and participating in the community projects the squad take part in on these jaunts can only be an incredibly good thing for the youngster’s development.

Similar story for Gary Woods (well, bar the South Africa part). The seventeen year-old got seventeen priceless first-team minutes under his belt in Scotland last Saturday as substitute when a more typical set of circumstances would have probably seen him not playing in a match until the Under 18’s take on Bury in August. What’s more, Amos’ first-team call-up makes Woods first in line for reserve glove duty, and he should start in nets for at least the next two games (against Altrincham and Oxford).

And the knock-on effect extends even further. Conor Devlin’s apprenticeship only began at the start of the month and he is yet to even play for the Under 18’s, but last Saturday saw him between the sticks for the reserves at Burscough. The 16 year old from Northern Ireland is expected to deputise for Woods in the forthcoming reserve games. Devlin’s deputy at Burscough got a massive and unexpected opportunity also – Sam Johnstone will spend most of this season keeping goal for the Under 16’s, so twenty minutes of senior football for the reserves will have been a great experience for the 15 year-old.

As mentioned above, one of the reasons for the above quartet rising up the pecking order is Ron-Robert Zieler being otherwise engaged at the UEFA U19 European Championships in the Czech Republic. And he’s doing rather well too – Germany made it two wins from two in the group stage with a 3-0 victory over Bulgaria yesterday (Dennis Diekmeier, Savio Nsereko and Lars Bender with the goals) in a game that RRZ could probably have kept a clean sheet in whilst asleep. Qualification for the semi-finals is now assured for the Germans and, with the holders and big favourites Spain surprisingly already eliminated, a real opportunity to win this tournament for the first time ever is looming large.

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Burscough beckons as reserves kick off pre-season

Posted by nickogs20 on July 11, 2008

The season starts here then. Near enough two months on from the Manchester Senior Cup victory that brought last season to a successful close, the reserves are set to take to the field for the first time in a new campaign as the all-new management team of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Warren Joyce take their charges to Burscough for the first in a triple-header of Saturday friendlies designed to get the team into their stride ahead of the Lancashire Senior Cup Final against Liverpool at the end of the month.

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