Manchester United U23s will be looking to maintain their remarkable winning run when they travel to face Everton in the Premier League 2 fixture on Monday night.
Neil Wood’s side head into the game 4th place in the top-flight of reserve football after an incredible run of form which has already seen them defeat Liverpool, Blackburn and Arsenal in the league this year.
Another successful result tonight could lift United up to third tonight and see them close the gap on runaway league leaders Man City.
In terms of team news, Hannibal Mejbri could make his return from injury while Amad and Shola Shoretire are both doubts having featured for the first-team squad over the weekend. In-form forward Joe Hugill is fully expected to continue his impressive starting streak up front following his summer arrival.
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FT EVE 3-1 MU
Full-time: Everton 3-1 United
A disappointing night for the U23s, who lose 3-1 in Southport.
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Two minutes added on
The game is beyond United now.
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Broadhead close to a fourth
A great cross is sent into the box and Broadhead meets it but places his header just wide of the post.
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United still probing
With just over 10 minutes to go United haven’t given in and are still on the hunt for a goal, but chances are hard to come by.
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Sub for United
Charlie McNeil has replaced Joe Hugill.
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Everton should have a fourth
Iversen advances down the right and puts in a perfect cross for Small, but the defender goes with it with the wrong foot and fluffs the chance.
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GOAL! Everton make it three
Everton have doubled their lead and Broadhead has a hat-trick. The striker loses his marker at a corner and nods in from a few yards out after a flick on. Poor defending from the young Reds.
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Chance goes begging
Helm wins the ball back deep in Everton’s half and passes to Hoogewerf, but the Dutchman’s shot is tame and easily held.
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A huge test
United now have it all to do again after their lapse in concentration.
There were calls for handball as the second went in, but they’ll be frustrated by their own efforts.
GOAL! 2-1 Everton (Broadhead)
Against the run of play.
United fail to clear their lines and Nathan Broadhead drills a low effort across goal into the bottom corner.
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Growing into the game
It has been all United in the second-half with Everton now penned into their own half.
Hoogewerf comes close as he cuts in from the right and drills an effort off the bar.
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A good bit of play on the break from United.
Hoogewerf holds up and plays the ball to Joe Hugill, but his low shot is straight at the keeper.
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We’re back under way.
HT | EVE 1-1 MUKEY EVENT
Level at the break thanks to Charlie McCann’s excellent strike.
GOAL! 1-1 United (McCann)
Out of nowhere.
A thunderous hit from Charlie McCann draws United level.
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A really frustrating half for United who are now being bossed by Everton.
A rare attack forward sees Hugill struggle for support and hoof the ball way back into midfield.
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Out of nothing
United were on the back foot but an incredible ball from Fernandez finds Hugill who then wins a corner.
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Heads have dropped since the goal and Everton are well on top now.
Thierry Small gets the ball in the box, but his shot is saved.
GOAL! 1-0 Everton (Broadhead)
A simple through ball carves open the United defence and captain Nathan Broadhead calmly dinks past Kovar.
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An acrobatic stop from Everton keeper Joao Virginia to keep out Charlie McCann’s effort.
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A superb sliding challenge from Reece Devine to stop a run at goal.
“That was ****king class,” shouts keeper Kovar. He’s not wrong.
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Puigmal is down receiving treatment inside his own half.
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A smart run forward by Galbraith ends with a shot just wide of the post.
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On the break
Small races down the left wing for Everton but his low cross is cleared. Smart play sees United break on counter as Neville finds Helm and then Puigmal.
A decent tempo, but neither keeper tested.
7′ – EVE 0-0 MURichard Fay
Some nice link-up play between Puigmal and Fernandez down the left but no way through the defence yet.
Matej Kovar has been vocal, as always. Manager Neil Wood a bit frustrated by Harvey Neville’s movement going forward.
3′ – EVE 0-0 MURichard Fay
Bright start from United who look good in possession.
A shot from Mark Helm is deflected just wide of the post.
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We’re under way. (Some) updates to follow.
Without their three star players tonight it is a huge chance for those who are in the squad.
Joe Hugill probably the main pick of the bunch, while there will be plenty of interest for Charlie McNeil on the bench too.
The former Man City man netted four goals in the U18s Manchester derby nine days ago.
Ah, it’s good to be back.
After the hassle of traffic jams, finding somewhere to park and getting on the Wi-Fi we are finally in position.
Will keep the updates a bit brief tonight to conserve battery (there’s no charging points).