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Carsley: We had the chances to beat United

UP TO DATE: Lee Carsley instructs his team during the FA Youth Cup tie with Southampton

UP TO DATE: Lee Carsley instructs his team during the FA Youth Cup tie with Southampton

Manchester City U18s boss Lee Carsley says his side had the chances to overcome Manchester United following their 2-2 draw with their local rivals at the City Football Academy.

City fell behind twice through Angel Gomes and a Joe Coveney own goal but Lukas Nmecha strikes earned the Blues a point in their opening Merit Group A fixture.

Carsley said: “It wasn’t one of our better performances today. We conceded two poor goals from our respect. Obviously the own goal and the shot that we let get away without any pressure on them early on.

“We’ll have a look at that in the office but with the amount of chances we created we still could have won the game and got away with it.

“We could have gone on to win it but after being behind twice it’s probably a point gained.”

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City won the north section of the U18 Premier League with an incredible 55 points from 22 matches and Carsley expects his side to return to that standard quickly in the national league.

“It’s about trying to forget what we’ve done in the first part of the season and getting back to our own game going forward,” said Carsley.

“We drew our first game in the first stage against West Brom but we’re not going to have as much time to catch up this time so it’s important we get back to the levels we were at.”

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