EDS & Academy

Man City U18s stay unbeaten with draw at United

UNITED: Brahim Diaz in action against Manchester United
Premier League U18 Cup
Premier League U18 Cup
Thu 14 Mar
Read how Lee Carsley's side fared when they travelled to the AON Training Complex to face Manchester United...

What happened...

Manchester City U18s remain on course to top the north group of the Premier League unbeaten after a 2-2 draw at Manchester United.

Goals from Brahim Diaz and Phil Foden saw City equalise twice in the second half after a long period of pressure on the United goal.

City had the first chance of the match with Tom Dele-Bashiru thundering a right-footed volley against the post from 20 yards.

That seemed to be the standout moment of an even first half in which the ball spent a lot of time changing hands in the centre of the pitch.

However, moments before the half-time whistle United winger Callum Gribbin weaved through City’s defence and curled an unstoppable effort past Pawel Sokol.

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The introduction of Jadon Sancho for the second half gave City a new lease of life and they dominated much of the ball.

United had a chance to double their lead after Sokol fouled United striker Josh Bohui but first half scorer Gribbin fired the penalty over.

City made United pay for that only minutes later as Brahim Diaz wriggled through the defence and poked home from a few yards.

That looked to put City on top but United midfielder DJ Buffonge arrived late to a cross and headed the hosts back into the lead.

City were in a determined mood at this stage though and after Jadon Sancho's shot was saved, Phil Foden followed up by firing into the roof of the net to seal a point.

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What it means...

Lee Carsley's side have 31 points from their opening thirteen games in the U18 Premier League and remain unbeaten.

City welcome Blackburn Rovers to the Academy Stadium on Saturday 10 December in the U18 Premier League.

Key moment...

United should have been out of sight in the 70th minute but as Gribbin’s penalty flew over the bar it gave City a much needed lift.

Man of the match...

Iker Pozo – You don’t necessarily have to be physical to be an excellent defensive midfielder, just smarter than your midfield opponents.

Pozo positioned himself expertly throughout the match to both protect his defence and to start attacks for the creative midfielders ahead of him.

How they lined up...

Pawel Sokol continued with his place in goal.

Ed Francis and captain Joel Latibeaudiere were the central defensive partnership with Demeaco Duhaney at left-back and Matt Smith on the right.

In midfield, Iker Pozo sat behind Tom Dele-Bashiru and Brahim Diaz while Phil Foden and Luke Bolton flanked central striker Lukas Nmecha.

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