Manchester United Reserves fell to their ninth loss of the season after a 4-0 home defeat against Chelsea. The visitors were clinical throughout the night and found goals from four different players, including Kylian Hazard, younger brother of Eden Hazard.
Chelsea struck after just 10 minutes with their first shot of the game. Juan Castillo’s impressive solo run ended with a deflected effort on goal that was enough to pass Kieran O’Hara, giving the Blues the advantage. The goalkeeper was called into action shortly after, saving from Reece James, before an attempt from Daishawn Redan flew just past the post.
United responded well and Tahith Chong came close for Ricky Sbragia’s side, but his effort was brilliantly saved by Jamie Cumming. The young United side had other chances; attempts from Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Zak Dearnley were thwarted to keep the score 1-0 at the half.
Chelsea hit moments after the break to extend their lead. Hazard connected with a Harvey St Clair cross, controlled the ball and unleashed a left-footed shot into the back of the net. United tried to find a way back into the game and a strong challenge from Luke McCormick on Chong could’ve resulted in a penalty, but the referee deemed the challenge fair.
On the hour mark, Chelsea added to their tally putting the game beyond doubt. James produced a stunning strike that flew past O’Hara in goal and crushed United’s chances of getting anything from the game. St Clair added a fourth 10 minutes from time to wrap up a clinical performance from the Blues.
Ricky Sbragia’s side will host Villarreal CF in the Premier League International Cup on Tuesday 27 February. They will return to Premier League 2 action in early March as they welcome Sunderland to Old Trafford.