Manchester United’s reserves had to settle for a 1-1 draw with a stubborn Swansea side after Indy Boonen cancelled out Kenji Gorré’s opener. Ricky Sbragia’s men were the dominant force throughout the first half, keeping possession impressively while the Swans held tight and congested midfield.
Demetri Mitchell and Ashley Young, arguably fullbacks playing as wingers, were faced with the difficulty of overcoming two fullbacks who sat very deep, and the result was a lack of service for Joshua Bohui up top. As the opposition looked to break on the counter, United were lucky that Axel Tuanzebe was snuffing out attacks at the heart of defence, using his pace and calmness to prevent one-v-ones and carrying the ball into midfield with authority.
However, a quick counter early in the second half allowed former United youth player Gorré to turn Matthew Olusunde and fire a shot between the American and Tyrell Warren to open the match. United took far too long to respond, but eventually, a great moment from Mitchell helped Scott McTominay set up Boonen for the equalizer.
The match will be noted for Luke Shaw and Ashley Young’s first appearance of the season, indicating that they could be back to fitness and angling for first team eligibility. Both players played sixty minutes, meaning they aren’t likely to be able to start a senior match off the bat. However, it was good to see them back on the pitch playing football.
Goals: Indy Boonen 79′
Manchester United: J. Pereira; Olosunde, Williams (Warren 3′), Tuanzebe, Shaw (Riley 58′); Willock, McTominay; Young (Kehinde 58′), Boonen, Mitchell; Bohui
Substitutes Not Used: Richardson, Hamilton