Man United U19 4-1 Juventus U19: UEFA Youth League report
Man United U19 4-1 Juventus U19: Nicky Butt’s youngsters make it three wins from three in UEFA Youth League as Ed Woodward watches on
- Nicky Butt’s men continued their perfect start to the UEFA Youth League
- United comfortably defeated Juventus 4-1 at Leigh for their third win from three
- Joshua Bohui opened the scoring early on and Mason Greenwood doubled lead
- Juventus replied through Hans Nicolussi Caviglia but James Garner then scored
- Italian side were reduced to 10 men when Bandeira Da Fonseca lashed out
- Substitute Dylan Levitt rounded off a comprehensive win on Tuesday afternoon
Manchester United maintained their perfect start to the UEFA Youth League as goals from Joshua Bohui, Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Dylan Levitt easily saw off Juventus.
With executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward an interested spectator, United’s kids proved far too strong for opponents who played most of the second-half with 10 men.
It means Nicky Butt’s side are in control of Youth League Group H with the maximum nine points from nine, sitting three ahead of Juventus and eight ahead of Valencia and Young Boys.
Joshua Bohui celebrates opening the scoring for Manchester United in the UEFA Youth League
Bohui gets the better of the Juventus defence to hand United the lead after nine minutes
Bohui celebrates scoring his second goal of United’s UEFA Youth League campaign
Manchester United (4-3-3): Kovar; Laird (Williams 83), Ercolani, Bernard, O’Connor; Garner, Gomes (c) (Levitt 73), Barlow (Baars 73); Traore (Puigmal 73), Greenwood, Bohui (Bughail-Mellor 62)
Substitutes not used: Fojticek (GK); Mengi
Coach: Nicky Butt
Scorers: Bohui 9; Greenwood 33; Garner 45; Levitt 77
Booked: Gomes, Bohui
Juventus (4-3-3): Loria (c); Da Fonseca, Capellini (Meneghini 69), Serrao, Anzolin; Reyes (Gozzi Iweru 78), Morrone (Frederiksen 46), Nicolussi Caviglia (Francofonte 78); Fagioli (Penner 69), Petrelli, Portanova
Substitutes not used: Siano (GK); Pinelli
Coach: Francesco Baldini
Scorer: Caviglia 43
Booked: Reyes, Capellini
Sent off: Da Fonseca 49
Referee: Christian Dingert (Germany)
Something had to give at the Leigh Sports Village with both United and Juventus entering the fixture with maximum points from their opening two matches.
And it was the hosts who seized the initiative by taking a ninth-minute lead. Ethan Laird delivered from the right and Bohui controlled expertly on his chest before lashing the ball past goalkeeper Leonardo Loria from six yards.
Having gained the perfect start, United kept the pedal to the floor and Aiden Barlow skipped past three Juventus players before unleashing a shot that Loria pushed around the post.
Midway through the first-half, Loria was equal to a splendid effort from Laird, who had cut inside and taken aim for the top corner.
But the Italian club’s reprieve was short-lived and United’s second was their own fault. Trying to play out of defence, Garner intercepted a pass on the slide and teed up Greenwood, who advanced to the edge of the area and precisely slotted his shot into the far corner.
It maintained the talented 17-year-old’s 100 per cent scoring record in the Youth League this season.
United really should have been out of sight given their dominance, but Juventus gave themselves a lifeline just before half-time.
Mason Greenwood (second right) is congratulated by James Garner after doubling the lead
James Garner jumps for joy after extending United’s lead to 3-1 just before half-time
Garner was presented the ball following a loose pass out of defence and slotted it home
Dylan Levitt (centre) came off the bench to add United’s fourth goal in the second-half
United keeper Matej Kovar pushes away the initial effort from Makoun Reyes, but the ball was played back into the area and Nicolussi Caviglia rammed it home.
That should have shaken Juventus from their malaise but they were victims of their own downfall barely two minutes later.
A dreadful pass out of defence fell straight at Garner’s feet and the midfielder showed admirable composure to find the bottom corner and restore United’s two-goal advantage.
United’s Luca Ercolani shields the ball from Nicolo Fagioli of Juventus in the first-half
United captain Angel Gomes plays a pass under pressure from Nicolo Fagioli of Juventus
Their task became easier early in the second-half when Bandeira Da Fonseca senselessly shoved Bohui in the face after the United man delayed returning the ball for a throw-in.
From there, United could easily have added to their lead, with Gomes firing a free-kick narrowly the wrong side of the post and Barlow forcing Loria into another good save before the ball was scrambled away.
But the fourth came through substitute Levitt, who finished at the back post after Arnal Puigmal found D’Mani Bughail-Mellor to cut the ball back.
Gomes gets physical with Manolo Portanova of Juventus by grabbing his arm in the first-half
United’s under-19 coach Nicky Butt issues instructions on the sidelines at Leigh Sports Village
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