Manchester United 3 v PSG 0: Match Report

Manchester United’s U23 side gained more valuable experience on Friday night as they came up against French side Paris Saint-Germain in the Premier League International cup. The Red Devils came out comfortable winners, beating the French side 3-0 in what was a very cold and frosty night at the Leigh Sports Village.

This victory has meant Ricky Sbragia’s side have booked a place in the knockout stages of the Premier League International Cup and for the 1,019 fans that were there it increases the level of anticipation for what is to come when the two teams meet at competitive senior level for the first-time next month.

When the team sheets were made available on Friday night there was a notable surprise inclusion in the form of Scott McTominay, a player who had just signed a new long-term contract a couple of days beforehand. It would have been expected that he would be 200-miles away in London with the first team squad preparing for the FA Cup against Arsenal, but obviously first team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted him to get some minutes under his belt in the reserves with his game time being very limited this season. 

The academy graduate was made captain for the evening and took on this responsibility very well. After only two minutes of the game the Scottish International raced through on goal and gave his side a morale boosting lead.

For United to qualify, they had to win by a three clear goal margin and this early goal was just what Ricky Sbragia would have wanted. PSG’s visit to Manchester got increasingly worse after Tahith Chong increased the scoreline to 3-0 after two goals coming in the next quarter-of-an-hour, which both involved surging runs from the recently first team debutant.

The visitors, who had a very depleted squad, started to steady the ship after the 3rd goal, but even though the French side were seeing more of the ball their final product wasn’t troubling for the Red Devils. 

The second half wasn’t as end to end as the first, although PSG did have two opportunities that came their way they were unable to really test United Slovenian shot-stopper Alex Fojticek.

As the game reached the later stages United had to be careful because they knew one goal from the French side would see their chances of qualifying go up in smoke. However, United held on firm and kept the clean sheet. The 3 points saw them go top of the group ahead of Derby County on goal difference.

United: Fojtíček; Tanner, Ercolani, Williams R-S., O’Connor; Willock (Barlow 70), Whelan, McTominay; Chong, Burkart (Dearnley 70), Bohui.

Substitutes not used:
Warren, Woolston, Buffonge, Olosunde.

Scorers: McTominay 2; Chong 6, 17.


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