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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

05 April 2019 Venue Old Trafford Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Manchester United PL2
1 - 1
West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Burton looks ahead to Old Trafford experience for PL2 side

3 April 2019

Albion’s Premier League 2 assistant coach Deon Burton is excited for his young Baggies to embrace the experience of stepping out onto the Old Trafford turf when they face Manchester United on Friday night (ko 7pm).

The Throstles could go within two points of the Red Devils in the Premier League 2 Division Two table with a win and Deon thinks the opportunity to play at the Theatre of Dreams is one the young Baggies will relish.

“It’s a great chance to play at Old Trafford,” he said.

"What a stadium. Hopefully it’s the first of many trips there for them. To experience it at this young age first time round is a good opportunity for them to show what they have got.

“It was a good game against Fulham in our last match, so I am thoroughly looking forward to the opportunity again on Friday up at Manchester United.

“We know how they play. They play 4-3-3 and you know what you’re going to get when you play a Man United team - they’ll have lots of possession. 

“I don’t think they have had too much of a good run over recent times, just looking at the stats over the last few games so hopefully we can get at them. 

“With the majority of our players being from our under-18s FA Youth Cup journey, hopefully they can put in a good performance after unfortunately not making it through to the final on Monday.

“They are young lads, they are eager to go. They only part-trained this morning and some of them were eager to carry on for the full session. They are willing and ready to go again so I am sure that they will be full steam ahead on Friday night.”

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Match Reports

Manchester United PL2 1 Albion PL2 1

5 April 2019

Albion Under-23s battled to a hard-earned draw against Manchester United under the Old Trafford floodlights on Friday night.

The Baggies came from behind to gain a Premier League 2 Division Two point on the road, but could have left with all three after an impressive display saw either side make several chances in front of goal. 

Nishan Burkhart had put the Red Devils ahead but Wes Hoolahan chipped the Baggies level from the spot after Morgan Rogers was tripped in the box.

The hosts started well; Angel Gomes fired over the bar from distance, Tahith Chong lashed a shot into the side netting and Mason Greenwood forced a save out of Alex Palmer, who got down well to parry a powerful effort to safety.

And the Red Devils would break the deadlock shortly after the 20 minute mark. Greenwood fizzed a dangerous low cross into the six-yard box, which Burkhart met with a simple flick to open the scoring.

But the goal would cause a reaction from the Baggies.

The Throstles pressed high and the Red Devils were forced into errors. Albion made a habit of reclaiming possession close to their opponents goal.

Rayhaan Tulloch benefitted, and had two opportunities to fire the Baggies level. However, both attempts at goal, which were nearly identical - saw him rifle just over the bar with his left foot after bursting into the box. 

Albion came forward again. Dan Meredith whipped a low cross into the box, which Jefferson Montero side-footed towards goal, but his shot was too close to Matej Kovar.

Greenwood went close for the hosts after the restart, but it was Albion that would register on the scoresheet next. 

Rogers jinxed into the box and was brought down to provide the Baggies with the chance to level. Hoolahan made light work of capitalising on the opportunity, chipping in from 12 yards.

Once Albion were level, they pursued a winner - and were unlucky not to get one. Rogers was instrumental as the blue and white stripes pushed forward. Firstly a wonderfully bit of trickery saw him fly past a duo of defenders, play a one-two with Tulloch only to see his shot deflected wide.

Then, Hoolahan travelled from the halfway line with the ball. He attracted the attention of the Red Devils backline as he reached the edge of the penalty area and teed up Rogers at the perfect moment. The youngster eased past a defender, bringing him to his knees in the process, but again his effort was denied, this time by Kovar. 

ALBION: Palmer; Ferguson, Solanke, Melbourne; Meredith, Field, Rogers, Harmon; Montero (Azaz 57), Tulloch (Asomugha 82), Hoolahan.

Substitutes: House, Healy, Gardner-Hickman.


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