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José’s Juniors: The young Reds have been banging in the goals

It’s been a goal fest of a weekend for Manchester United’s Reserve and U-18 teams.

The state of him.

Reserves

West Ham United 4-2 Manchester United

United find themselves winless in the last six after slipping to a second consecutive defeat. Luke Shaw gained more minutes for Ricky Sbragia’s side, but was unable to prevent a 4-2 defeat to West Ham.

It was an electric start for United, Demi Mitchell opened the scoring after just two minutes. Martinez leveled later in the first half, before Mitchell restored the Reds’ lead after pouncing on Trott’s initial save. The Hammers struck again in stoppage time in the first half, leveling up through Martinez once again.

United were unable to gain a foothold in the game, and found themselves trailing shortly after the break – Martinez grabbing his hat-trick from a header. It was four on the 65th minute as Joe Powell increased the Hammers lead.

Alongside Shaw, James Wilson gained 50 minutes for the young Red Devils.

It’s another loss for the Reserves who find themselves tied at the bottom of the PL2 Division 1 table with Sunderland. They will look to respond next Monday against old-rivals Liverpool.

U-18s

Manchester United 6-1 Wolves

The U-18’s were in red-hot form this weekend as they put six past a hapless Wolves side. United’s best performance of the year started off terrifically, with five goals being scored in the first half.

Dylan Levitt opened the scoring after just 10 minutes, before Mason Greenwood scored the first of his three goals six minutes later. Nishan Burkart and Aidan Barlow both got on the scoresheet in the first half, with the latter’s coming from the penalty spot.

Greenwood completed his hat-trick shortly after the hour mark, latching onto a Barlow pass to make it six. Wolves did grab a consolation goal in the 90th minute. The young Red Devils stay fourth in the table, four points behind league leaders Manchester City.

United’s impressive performance is even more noteworthy due to the absence of Angel Gomes. Once again, Gomes scored for England U-17s in their 4-0 win over Chile in the World Cup.

The U-18s return to action with a home game against Middlesbrough next Saturday.