Manchester United’s reserves defeated League One side Barnsley 2-1 in their fourth pre-season fixture to make it two wins on the trot.
Josh Harrop‘s double in the first half was enough to secure the victory even though Jean-Yves M’Voto scored a late consolation goal for the Tykes, denying United a third consecutive clean sheet.
Harrop gave the Reds the lead in the 11th minute after pouncing on a stray pass from Conor Hourihane before advancingon the Barnsley goal before unleashing an angled rocket into the far corner.
The Tykes looked to get straight back into the match but Joel Pereira saved a strong volley and Tom Thorpe cleared a shot with a superb diving header before Harrop was on hand to extend United’s lead.
After a slick one-two with Tom Lawrence, the 18-year-old slotted a neat finish past Adam Davies. United were on course for a third consecutive clean sheet in preseason but Jean-Yves M’Voto headed home three minutes from time to deny that streak.
The victory was marred by an injury to Donald Love. Love had come on in the 72nd minute to replace Tom Lawrence but pulled up just seven minutes after coming on when he stretched too far when trying to reach a pass from fellow substitute James Wilson.
The chances started to dry up for United in the second half, even after the introduction of Davidé Petrucci and James Wilson.
Vermijl had a chance but his shot was straight at the Barnsley keeper. Barnsley carved out more opportunities towards the end but a combination of a solid back four and good goalkeeping from Joel Pereira, who made a number of good saves in yet another good performance from the Swiss-born Portuguese stopper, denied them under they managed to grab a consolation in the dying minutes.
Manchester United: J. Pereira, Vermijl, McNair, Thorpe, Varela, Janko, Pearson, Rothwell, Harrop (Petrucci 52′); A. Pereira (Wilson 63′), Lawrence (Love 72′ (Goss 79′)).
Unused substitutes: O’Hara, A. Fletcher, McConnell, C. Evans, Willock.