Mercedes Benz Junior Cup: Man United 3-1 VfB Stuttgart

by Tracey Germaine

Manchester United are through to the 7th place play off of the Mercedes Benz Junior Cup despite a 3-1 victory over VfB Stuttgart which saw them remain in the bottom position of Group Two in the second group stage of the tournament.

It was a marginally better display from the u19s however the poor results from the opening day of the competition meant that the result of today’s opening match would have no effect on the highest placing we could achieve.

As with day one, the goalkeeper, George Dorrington, was a fixture for the entire game while the 11 outfield members of the squad played their part in the game.

Stuttgart were the brighter of the two sides as United continued to struggle to adapt to the 6-a-side indoor format. Serkan Uygun gave the German side the lead after three minutes. Captain, Callum Gribbin, scored two goals just before half time to give United the lead.

Indy Boonen had the first real chance for United in the second half but Stuttgart looked the more threatening and only intervention from Callum Whelan prevented them from equalising. United, however, did wrap up the win with a goal from Kayne Diedrick-Roberts with the last kick of the game.

That win means that the Reds will face Guangzhou Evergrande in a match which will determine the 7th and 8th positions of the 8 team tournament. United will be hoping to save some face by not finishing last.

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