August 25, 2017
On Friday night, three early goals in quick succession inspired a 3-0 victory for Tottenham’s reserves against Manchester United. The Red Devils struggled with Spurs’ pressing game and midfield numbers, failing to maintain possession of the ball and create chances in the first half. Slight defensive errors from Ethan Hamilton were enough to concede two goals before their captain, Alex Pritchard, sealed the deal in the 25th minute after getting in behind Luke Shaw.
United’s struggles could largely be attributed to the lack of key players in the side that represented Ricky Sbragia, as Matty Willock, Joe Riley, and Ro-Shaun Williams joined the lengthy list of players in this age group who were also unavailable for selection due to being injured, loaned out, or promoted to the first team.
The result was a side that lacks experience at this level, as well as midfield domination and balance, that allowed Tottenham to win the match by the end of the first half. Improvements after the interval weren’t enough to reverse the tides of a match that had Spurs written on it from the start. However, given the circumstances, one can only look at the positives from such a poor result.
Manchester United: Richardson; Olosunde, Warren, Tuanzebe, Shaw; Hamilton, McTominay; Bohui, Boonen, Mitchell; Wilson (Buffonge 78′)
Substitutes Not Used: Sang, M. Johnstone, Whelan, Scott