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Manchester United U21s match preview

29 October 2019

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Rovers take on Manchester United U21s in their final Leasing.com Trophy group stage game on Tuesday night.

Darren Moore’s side must equal Rotherham United’s result against Lincoln City to secure their passage through to the next round.

Season so far

United have started their Premier League 2 campaign in fine style after losing just one of their opening nine games so far this season.

They won their opening game 5-0 away at West Bromwich Albion, before backing that up with a 2-0 home win over Reading a week later. United produced another comfortable victory on the road with a 4-0 win at Newcastle United, before they were held at home to West Ham.

A win over Fulham was followed by their first league defeat of the season, as they were beaten 4-1 at Aston Villa midway through September. They have shown a good reaction to that setback though, and go into the game at the Keepmoat Stadium on the back of three straight wins against Norwich City, Swansea City and Stoke City respectively.

Who’s the gaffer?

Neil Wood was appointed as United’s U21s manager in the summer after the departure of Ricky Spragia at the end of last season.

Wood was a youth team product at Old Trafford and left the club to join Coventry City in 2004. He returned in 2014 and coached the U16s and U18s age groups before his latest appointment.

Who’s the ref?

Alan Young will be the man in the middle when Rovers go up against United’s U21s side on Tuesday night, you can find out more about him here.

Ones to watch

Angel Gomes

The highly-rated attacking midfielder is an England international at Under-19 level, where he has scored goal in four appearances.

He made his first-team debut for United midway through last season, as he came on as a second-half substitute during a 3-1 win against Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford. His first goal for the club came in a pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.

Tahith Chong

The 19-year-old winger is a Netherlands U21 international and joined United’s academy from Feyenoord in 2016. He was an unused substitute when United lost to Italian giants Juventus in the Champions League in October 2018, before the appointment of Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer as manager saw him feature more prominently in the first-team. During the second-half of last season, Chong played in an Emirates FA Cup tie against Reading before making his Premier League debut against Southampton.

Mason Greenwood

Greenwood is a player who has already made an impression on the first-team having been involved in several matchday squads in the Premier League this season, often being used as an impact substitute. He made his debut in the 3-1 win over PSG in the Champions League last season, before making even more of an impression in Europe after scoring the winner against Astana in the Europa League earlier this season.


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