U21s: Manchester United 3-2 Tottenham – Winning titles the Fergie way

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have been crowned U21 Barclays Premier League champions after a thrilling 3-2 comeback win against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford tonight.

It was a superb game which either team could have won but Larnell Cole scored his second and United’s third with just three minutes left to make sure the trophy stayed in Manchester.

Both teams went close in the early exchanges with Lingard and Cole both doing well to create half chances for themselves and Tottenham’s Carroll and Ceballos both coming very close with good long-range efforts.

Spurs forward duo Jon Obika and Harry Kane, who has been on loan at Leicester this season, came even closer when they both struck the woodwork.

But the visitors didn’t have to wait much longer to take the lead when just two minutes later Obika managed to turn the ball home from six yards after Utd keeper Ben Amos had spilled a cross.

United tried to respond quickly and went close when Reserve Player of the Year Adnan Januzaj did well to win a free kick out on the left and the young Belgian whipped a lovely ball into the back post where defender Tom Thorpe came agonizingly close to finding the net.

The game got a little heated after that with the referee dishing out three yellow cards and Obika nearly extended Spurs lead in the 40th minute when he turned a Harry Kane cross onto the bar with Amos beaten.

Spurs kept pressing though and were rewarded just two minutes later when Obika intercepted a poor pass form Tunnicliffe and fed Pritchard who rifled in a great shot from 20 yards to send Spurs in at the break 2-0 up.

United coach Warren Joyce made a change shortly after half time with Lawrence replacing Pearson as United looked to get back into the game, and the home side should have had a penalty in the 56th minute when Januzaj’s cross was handled by a Spurs defender but the referee wasn’t interested.

Just four minutes later United did get a goal back when Ryan Tunnicliffe found Marnick Vermijl with a super through ball and right-back Vermijl found the bottom corner with a cracking finish.

United had the momentum after that and should have had another penalty when Larnell Cole beat the Spurs keeper to the ball and was tripped but instead of a penalty, the referee booked Cole for diving to the bemusement of the Old Trafford crowd.

That decision seemed to spur United on and in the 74th minute they made it all square off the back off a brilliant counter attack before Cole coolly rounded the keeper and smashed the ball home to set up an exciting last 15 minutes.

As the home fans called for a winner, it was the visitors that should have got it when Obika found himself clean through but the forward blasted his shot over the bar with just Amos to beat.

With 87 minutes played and extra-time looming large, United went on the attack again and after good work form Janzuaj and substitute Lawrence, the ball fell for Cole who finished clinically to seal the title for the United youngsters.

It was a typical United comeback and fitting that Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever season at the helm should end like this. A dramatic turnaround at Old Trafford with a late winner. United wouldn’t have it any other way.

Amos; Vermijl, Thorpe, M.Keane, James; Cole, Ekangamene, Pearson (Lawrence 56), Tunnicliffe, Lingard; Januzaj. Subs not used: Sutherland, Wilson, A.Pereira, Grimshaw

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7 comments

grat 05/21/2013 - 06:17

@ fosure – all 5 games this season between spurs and united were won by the home team – which makes a joke of your comment that the the ground hardly makes a difference.
When it’s not first team then the chances are that less fans are going to watch the game – and even less are going to travel a long way to see the game played away from home. Thus the ground would make a difference as the home support would have been much greater (travelling about 30 mins to see an u21 game against travelling fro several hours – no contest)
It would have been fair to play it at a neutral ground, but then if both sets of fans have to travel it may mean a much smaller turn-out.
It’s not bitter to think that Spurs deserved the home tie for finishing above utd in both league stages – but well done for winning the decider – seems like both teams were equally matched, though spurs obviously played better over the whole season

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Sir4U2 05/21/2013 - 02:26

Easy..

Congratulation hehehe however this team have a bunch of players still loaned out, furthermore the team scored 77 goals through both phases while utd managed 36.. Spurs won both phases while utd won the “superbowl” final..

The future looks bright for both teams in terms of next gen (where spurs are damagin great academies such as Barca “away”, should have done it in old trafford, disregarding FA “Fergie association” 🙂

COYS !!

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Sir4u 05/21/2013 - 02:24

Easy..

Congratulation hehehe however this team have a bunch of players still loaned out, furthermore the team scored 77 goals through both phases while utd managed 36.. Spurs won both phases while utd won the “superbowl” final..

The future looks bright for both teams in terms of next gen (where spurs are damagin great academies such as Barca “away”, should have done it in old trafford, disregarding FA “Fergie association” 🙂

COYS !!

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seb 05/21/2013 - 14:16

fergie association? the ref was your 12th man last night. you sound bitter you were still outclassed.

it dont matter how many goals you scored, united haven’t had a striker for 6 months because they were on loan along with many others promising talents. the mufc team was younger, less experienced and physically weaker(which makes a difference in youth football) yet still won.

besides, spurs could have won every single game 10 nil but it would be irrelevant unless they produce players for their first team who are good enough to go on to win titles like united’s do.

CHAMPIONS AGAIN

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SP 05/20/2013 - 23:00

Well, yeah, apart from the fact taht Spurs won th league hands down and United won a oneoff game – that was conveniently set at Old Trafford.
What a stupid idea for one of the teams to be able to play the final as a home game!

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fosure 05/20/2013 - 23:21

bore off dickhead.

teams played eachother 5 times this year and united won 3 of them. it was the draw that decided which ground to play, which hardly made a difference at this level. besides results matter little its about the players development.

take your bitterness elsewhere.

CHAMPIONS

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Quis 05/21/2013 - 04:24

United owned them in the second half. It was embarrassing. they could have had at least two more. And think of all the players united had out on loan or injured.

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