The last couple of weeks the fortunes of Manchester United’s reserve and academy sides have been very different. While the reserves have recently recorded wins over Wigan and Bolton, the academy has struggled, being thrashed by Wolves 4-0. But things look to be back on the up after wins in their latest fixtures.
Starting with the reserve side, the last match they played was at home to Wigan and was a match they triumphed 3-1 but the main story after this game revolved around one man… Bebe.
The Portuguese forward scored two goals in the victory, but they weren’t two ordinary goals they were magnificent.
His first saw Bebe go past three Wigan defenders – maybe a little fortuitously – but he went past them none the less and smashed the ball into the roof of Lee Nicholls’ net.
But the second was far more spectacular, after a high clearance from Ben Amos the ball bounced in the Wigan half and was missed by Jordan Mustoe, the ball then bounced high in the air and Bebe unleashed a magnificent volley into the far corner.
For those of you who haven’t seen it I managed to find a video with both goals – I didn’t choose the music though.
Bebe Scores Against Wigan For The Reserves
On many occasions his raw talent has been spoken of and I think that coupled with the coaching he will receive at United he can become a very important player for us in the future.
A few other notes from the game was Fabio’s performance in the centre of midfield which was very impressive and also the showing of Jesse Lingard, who had a magnificent game as well.
Sitting in fourth position in the Reserve Premier League despite having played less matches than those around them, it is imperative United take maximum points from their next match against Manchester City.
Moving onto the academy match against West Brom yesterday, which also ended 3-1 to United with goals coming from Jesse Lingard and a brace from John Cofie.
It was the England youth international who stood out in this match, his pace and power causing the opposition plenty of problems. As well as his two goals he had a shot cleared off the line and had another couple of efforts well saved by the Baggies goalkeeper.
His second goal was his 9th at academy level this season and helped to take United up to third in the academy league table only two points behind leaders Bolton Wanderers.
So it seems there are a few good prospects in the Manchester United youth system so lets hope a few of them can make the step up into the first team in the future.
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