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Gibson signs on as Ecks checks out

Posted by nickogs20 on July 15, 2009

Today was a day of contract resolution – and things only went half United’s way. Sir Alex Ferguson’s delight at Darron Gibson putting pen to paper on a new three-year contract was tempered by the news that Richard Eckersley had turned down the club’s offer of a new deal and instead exercised his right to move, as a free agent, to Premier League new boys Burnley.

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Celtic 0 United 0: Reserves held to a goalless draw in Glasgow

Posted by nickogs20 on November 6, 2008

United and Celtic’s reserve sides played out a goalless draw at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie yesterday afternoon as the two clubs’ second strings staged a Battle of Britain warm-up ahead of the big Champions League clash at Parkhead.

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Several youngsters named in Champions League squad

Posted by nickogs20 on September 9, 2008

A number of United’s most promising young talents have been included on the squad list submitted to UEFA for the group stages of this year’s Champions League.

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First blood to the Reds as Drinkwater sinks Chelsea

Posted by nickogs20 on August 18, 2008

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MUFC Reserves 1-0 Chelsea Reserves

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A solitary second-half strike from the increasingly prolific Danny Drinkwater gave United victory in the first leg of this intriguing double-header between the reserve teams of the top two sides in the country, Chelsea’s second string giving Ole Solskjaer’s men by far their toughest match of pre-season so far in a hard-fought and engaging clash at the Marstons Arena.

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McLeish plotting Old Trafford loan raid

Posted by nickogs20 on June 18, 2008

Alex McLeishBirmingham City boss Alex McLeish is facing up to a season in the Championship, and one of his first ports of call when looking for the players to get his side back into the top flight looks set to be his managerial mentor Sir Alex Ferguson. McLeish was a key player in Fergie’s successful Aberdeen side in the early 80’s and has hinted he’ll be looking to acquire some of his former boss’ most promising youngsters on a temporary basis to aid Birmingham’s promotion bid.

The former Rangers and Scotland manager told Sky Sports “I talk with Sir Alex now and again, including about the possibility of loan players when the time comes. The loan system is there and, with it being there, you’ve got to use it.”

Birmingham have taken a number of youngsters on loan from Arsenal in recent seasons, but it seems their attention may now be turning the Champions’ way. So which players are likely to crop up in conversation between the two Alex’s as potential loanees? I’m far from an expert on Birmingham’s player needs but defence and midfield look like the areas most in need of strengthening. Craig Cathcart’s disrupted campaign last year might make him a bit too much of a risk for a promotion-seeking Championship club but he’s a long shot, as fellow defenders James Chester and Richard Eckersley would be. Danny Simpson would probably be the most likely defensive candidate, but that would depend on our own transfer activity this summer.

It’s in the middle of the park where United probably have more players that would interest McLeish. Darron Gibson and Lee Martin are coming off Championship loan spells where they’ve shown promise but are still yet to fully prove themselves – this might be the opportunity. Chris Eagles comes into the equation for similar reasons. Don’t rule out someone like Sam Hewson or maybe even Rodrigo Possebon either – both are at that level where reserve football probably isn’t enough of a challenge any longer.

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Academy victorious in Spurs friendly

Posted by nickogs20 on May 15, 2008

credit tottenhamhotspur.comUnited’s Academy travelled to Tottenham’s Spurs Lodge training centre yesterday for a behind-closed-doors friendly and emerged with a 2-1 win – both goals coming from Matty James. No details on the United lineup other than mentions of James and Richard Eckersley in Tottenhamhotspur.com’s match report, although their pictures do show that Ben Amos, Danny Galbraith, Joe Dudgeon, Jimmy Derbyshire and Kenny Strickland all played some part in the game.

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MSC Final: Late goals see reserves pick up a trophy of their own

Posted by nickogs20 on May 12, 2008

Goals in the last ten minutes from Danny Welbeck and Rodrigo Possebon only added to the feelgood factor around Old Trafford this evening, as United’s second string emulated the first-team’s achievement yesterday and picked up their own piece of silverware. The 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers saw the Reds win the Manchester Senior Cup for a record 27th time and finish their season in the perfect way.

Not that the victory was as straightforward as the scoreline might suggest. Bolton dominated the first half, causing United no end of problems with their physicality and noticeable size/strength advantage and not letting the Reds settle into their usual style of play. Only some heroic defending kept the scores level going into half-time, with Richard Eckersley – fresh from having been named Reserve Player of the Year last night – particularly impressive in a less familiar centre-back role, matching his usual total commitment with an extraordinarily competitive performance in the air against significantly taller, stronger opponents.

Whether it was down to tactical readjustments, strong words from the management team or a drop-off in Bolton’s intensity (or quite possibly all three), the second half was a much more even affair and indeed, after a scrappy start it was probably United who looked the better side. Eckersley and co. had to keep on their toes as Bolton were always a threat, but the midfield started to get on the ball more and more as the half wore on, Rodrigo Possebon displaying his full range of passing and seemingly never ceding possession. Danny Welbeck started to offer a significant threat of his own upfront for United, ably supported by Chris Eagles in what could quite possibly be his last game in a United shirt.

United chances came and went – Eagles went close with a freekick, David Gray headed narrowly wide and Welbeck forced a fine save from Bolton keeper Brocklehurst. The newly-crowned Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year wasn’t to be denied much longer though, and it was another player seemingly making his last appearance for the club who set it up. Michael Barnes had been subdued for much of the game, but on 79 minutes the winger worked space on the right and delivered the perfect cross for Welbeck to expertly volley home on the slide from 12 yards out.

That goal was just about deserved on the balance of play, but it would have been hard to begrudge Bolton an equaliser and with five minutes left they went as close as it’s possible to come without scoring. An almighty scramble in the United box gave Bolton not one but three opportunities to fire home and each time they were denied by heroic last-ditch defending, with Séan Evans eventually clearing off the line after brave blocks by Ron-Robert Zieler and James Chester. That close shave seemed to jolt United into a bid to kill the game off, and they were hugely aided by Bolton skipper Rob Sissons picking up a second yellow card with just a couple of minutes remaining. The Reds duly sealed the win in injury-time as Rodrigo Possebon found himself perfectly placed to take advantage of a lucky bounce of the ball and dispatch a classy left-foot volley past Brocklehurst from 15 yards – the Brazilian’s first goal for the reserves since his January arrival, and a decisive one.

Skipper Sam Hewson – a Bolton lad himself – duly lifted the Manchester Senior Cup, and told MUTV “That’s what we aim for all season, to win trophies, and it’s come true at the end. The first team set the standard. They win things, so it’s good for us to win trophies too to back that up”.

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Zieler
Gray – Chester – Eckersley – Cleverley
Barnes – Hewson – Possebon – S Evans
Eagles
Welbeck

Subs: Amos, James, Drinkwater, Macheda, Fagan (all unused)
ScorersM: Welbeck 79, Possebon 90

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Choccy on the Denzil Haroun award nominees

Posted by nickogs20 on April 9, 2008

Reserves’ co-manager Brian McClair has explained the reasons behind his three chosen nominees for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award on the official website. Sam Hewson, Tom Cleverley and Richard Eckersley were announced as the nominees last week, all three being recognised not just for their ability but notably also for their professionalism, hard-work and consistency.

You can read the full interview with Choccy on manutd.com here.

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Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year Award nominees announced

Posted by nickogs20 on April 2, 2008

It’s that time of year again…

Reserve team coaches Brian McClair and Jim Ryan have nominated Tom Cleverley, Richard Eckersley and Sam Hewson for this season’s Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year Award. This has been the first full season of reserve football for all three players, and their nomination for the award serves to highlight just how well they’ve stepped up from academy football, where they all played a big part in the FA Youth Cup run last season. Cleverley in particular has been something of a revelation this season, overcoming injury problems in the first half of the campaign to put in a series of strong performances in a relatively new central midfield role and earn the reserve captaincy in Kieran Lee’s absence. Whilst I’m a big fan of Sam Hewson as a player and think he will ultimately go on to have the more successful career of the three, for the reasons listed above Tom Cleverley gets my vote.

Previous winners of the award include Nicky Butt, Darren Fletcher and John O’Shea, and last year’s winner was Kieran Lee. This year’s victor will be announced at the annual Awards Dinner on 11th May 2008, and registered Manutd.com users can vote here.

FYI, a full list of previous winners of both the Denzil Haroun award and the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award will soon be accessible in the soon-to-be-opened statistics and records section of this site.

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