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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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Blue Stars 2009: An overview

Posted by nickogs20 on May 22, 2009

With the official Blue Stars tournament website lacking somewhat in terms of the accuracy of its match stats (scorers, lineups etc) and the detail of its match reports, we’re delighted to be able to bring you an in-depth and accurate report on United’s two days in Zurich from someone who was there and saw the action unfold.


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Blue Stars 2009: Day 2

Posted by nickogs20 on May 21, 2009

Two draws, just the one goal, a penalty shootout and, ultimately, a creditable fifth place in the tournament for MUFC. Read on for all the news from the second day of this year’s Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup.


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Reds duo in line for Northern Ireland debuts

Posted by nickogs20 on May 20, 2009

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has included ten uncapped players in his squad for next month’s international friendly against Italy, including United youngsters Craig Cathcart and Corry Evans.


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Magnificent seven for Ole’s Reds as Kendal are put to the sword

Posted by nickogs20 on May 11, 2009

With the Manchester Senior Cup Final on the agenda this coming week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took a number of those likely to feature in that clash with Bolton to the Lake District on Saturday for a friendly against Unibond Premier side Kendal Town. A mixed reserve and academy selection recorded an impressive 7-2 win at Parkside Road, a handy warm-up for the big game on Tuesday and, despite the scoreline, a great end to an excellent season for the hosts.


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United 4 Newcastle 2: Free-scoring U18s bag another four in storming comeback

Posted by nickogs20 on April 25, 2009

April 25th 2009, 12pm
Trafford Training Centre, Carrington

Man Utd Newcastle
Manchester United U18s 4-2 Newcastle United U18s
Norwood 3 Adjei 19
King 47 Inman 42
Eikrem 76
Wootton 84

United’s academy side scored four last weekend at Leeds, but also let four in at the other end. No such trade-off this afternoon at Carrington, as a terrific second half display saw Paul McGuinness’ side turn around a 2-1 deficit and pick up another four goal haul. In a rain-lashed first-half, Oliver Norwood’s freakish third minute strike gave the Reds an early lead, but goals from Samuel Adjei and Bradden Inman handed Newcastle a half-time lead that their performance in the first 45 had merited. A different United side emerged for a sunny and dry second half and dominated proceedings, equalising swiftly through sub Joshua King and adding further goals from Magnus Eikrem (an absolute stunner) and Scott Wootton as they moved within a point of securing second spot in Group C of the Premier Academy League.


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Timely Tunnicliffe on target as Reds take home the trophy

Posted by nickogs20 on April 13, 2009

In time-honoured MUFC fashion, a last-minute goal in the final from substitute midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe has seen United’s youngsters triumph in Maranello, winners of the 2009 Torneo di Calcio Memorial Claudio Sassi.


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United 2 Boro 0: Norwood double makes the difference

Posted by nickogs20 on April 4, 2009

Man Utd Middlesbrough
Manchester United U18s 2-0 Middlesbrough U18s
Norwood 5, 29

A first-half brace from captain Oliver Norwood was enough this afternoon to earn United’s U18s a first home win since January. Paul McGuinness’ side had much the better of the first half and, like last week, turned that early superiority into goals, with Norwood making an early breakthrough via an extremely helpful deflection. The skipper’s second goal was all his own work, a beautifully-struck freekick from 25 yards out that gave the goalkeeper no chance. Unlike last week though, the Reds this time held onto their lead. The visitors had the better of things after the break but wasted the few genuine chances that came their way, and otherwise struggled to break down a resolute United rearguard.


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Wednesday 2 United 2: U18s fail to make early dominance count

Posted by nickogs20 on March 28, 2009

Sheffield Wednesday Man Utd
Sheffield Wednesday U18s 2-2 Manchester United U18s
Wood 29 Moffatt 12
Palmer 66 Ajose 22

Despite dominating the first half, scoring twice and hitting the woodwork three times, United’s academy side were forced to settle for a draw this morning against their Sheffield Wednesday counterparts, who rallied well to get back into a game that looked like it could very quickly get away from them. On a morning that saw all four seasons pay a visit to Wednesday’s Middlewood Road ground and some almost unplayable conditions at times, the Reds took advantage of having the wind at their back and imposed themselves on the game early, Ollie Norwood and Cameron Stewart striking the frame of the goal before Scott Moffatt and then Nicky Ajose managed to find the net and give United a deserved lead. Sloppy defending from a set-piece gave the hosts a way back into the game before the break, and – with the conditions now in their favour – Wednesday made full use of that opportunity, grabbing an equaliser, and ultimately a share of the points, after a fine passing move caused havoc in the Reds’ backline.


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United 1 Wolves 2: Bad day all-round on the home front as U18s lose out

Posted by nickogs20 on March 14, 2009

Man Utd Wolves
Manchester United U18s 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers U18s
Norwood 15 (pen) Mendez-Laing (2)



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