Manchester United’s Under 19 side got off to a fine start in the UEFA Youth League, winning 3-0 in PSV yesterday.
The review from ManUtd.com :
Manchester United’s Under-19s survived a test from PSV Eindhoven to make a winning start to the UEFA Youth League campaign.
Callum Gribbin’s fine free-kick and a second-half double from Marcus Rashford secured the points in front of a sizeable crowd at Sportcomplex de Herdgang.
The scoreline looks comprehensive but Nicky Butt’s youngsters were made to work hard for the victory by a lively PSV side who created chances throughout the game.
The hosts enjoyed the better of the first half and went close to scoring as early as the second minute, when Reds goalkeeper Dean Henderson got a touch to Sam Lammers’ close-range shot and the ball trickled against the foot of a post.
Soon after, Martijn Berden fired over following a powerful run and, after United failed to clear a cross, the PSV no.7 again went close when his shot took a deflection and dropped inches over Henderson’s crossbar.
Midway through the first half, Henderson came to punch a free-kick but Dirk Abels got there first, only to divert his header narrowly wide.
Two minutes later, with their first real opening of the game, United took the lead. Maarten Peijnenburg was booked for blocking Josh Doughty on the edge of the ‘D’ and free-kick specialist Gribbin stepped up to curl beautifully into the top right-hand corner.
United came out unchanged at the start of the second half and doubled the lead almost instantly. Tim Fosu-Mensah was brought down by Peijnenburg after a long ball over the top and Rashford emphatically smashed his penalty into the roof of the net.