Manchester United’s U23 side extended their winning streak in Premier League 2 to three matches following an entertaining 4-2 victory against Spurs.
A brace from Arnau Puigmal accompanied a bullet header from 16-year-old Shola Shoretire to put United in the driving seat, but they had to work for the win.
Spurs, having lost just once in the competition so far this season, proved to be a stern challenge throughout and the game was only put to bed in added time, when Anthony Elanga scored after exchanging passes with Hannibal Mejbri to put the result beyond any doubt.
Opposing full-back Dennis Cirkin was beaten by the Uruguayan with just 13 minutes on the clock, as he found space to drill an inviting cross into the area. Shoretire’s reaction to the delivery was just as good, with a fierce bullet header that left Alfie Whiteman with no chance.
United then found themselves on the back foot as Spurs responded, with Brooklyn Lyons-Foster dictating the play and being integral to two major moments for the visitors.
His cross into the middle found Kion Etete, who found space between the defenders to equalise. It was then Lyons-Foster who had the chance to fire Spurs ahead, picking up a poor pass from goalkeeper Paul Woolston but fired his effort over the bar.
Pellistri continued to torment the opposing defenders though, with the sort of display that showed exactly why he was drafted in on deadline day, and he was involved in United’s second of the evening.
This time it came through build-up from the back, with Pellistri shifting possession to Shoretire who in turn found Arnau Puigmal – capitalising on the space afforded to him from Cirkin and notching his fifth of the season.
Puigmal then grabbing his second of the game just before the break following a driving run from midfield.
Having already shown United that they couldn’t rest on their laurels, Spurs made that message clear early in the second period when Hannibal Mejbri sloppily lost possession in midfield. Jack Clarke played the pass across the face of goal, which Harvey White tucked home with ease.
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Spurs continued to look dangerous, forcing saves from Woolston and testing the defence, but couldn’t quite find the cutting edge for the equaliser. United, meanwhile, were also looking threatening at times but also lacked the end product demonstrated in the first period.
They had enough to hold onto the win though, their third consecutive victory in Premier League 2 and pulling level with Spurs in the standings.
United team: Woolston; Bejger, Fish, Mengi (C), Fernandez; Mejbri, Galbraith, Puigmal (Helm, 85); Pellistri (Hugill, 85), Shoretire, Elanga.