So it’s international break for United’s academy and that means a lot of our young lads are off going around the world to represent their different nations.
The international break might have come at a good time to be honest, as both the 18s and the 23s are struggling a little bit.
the 23s are winless since the opening fixture back in August and even the likes of Luke Shaw being in the side couldn’t prevent 2 losses and a draw for September. The draw actually the most unexpected performance – the lads shown grit in horrific weather at Aldershot drawing 2-2 with Chelsea – but the other results – a 2-0 loss that could have been more to Arsenal and a shock 2-1 defeat to Derby leaves the U23’s looking up from almost the foot of the table…
The 18s are looking good individually but there’s not quite the cohesion you’d want, yet. Angel Gomes and Nishan Burkhart are the start performers but they’re not alone. New recruit Arnau Puigmal has found the next from a a free kick which had led to some media attention and Brandon Williams, Ethan Laird, Lee O’Connor and Jimmy Garner are impressing with their performances.
But it isn’t quite clicking yet for us as a team – an although we’ve not lost since the opening day fixture with West Brom they’re remains obvious issues with the team – I happened to miss the Arsenal game a couple of weeks ago – which many have been calling one of the greatest games they’ve seen at this level. United came back from 3-0 down at HT to beat Arsenal 4-3!
So to the internationals then!
The headline event on the go is the U17 World Cup in India. Angel Gomes is there with England – they’ve got Chile Mexico & Iraq in their group.
I went along to the Wales U19s v Switzerland U19 game at Rhyl – Webby & Dave came along with us and we saw an absolutely brilliant game. Dylan Levit lined up for the Welsh lads – started – played a very good game. But from a tactical point of view he looked really restricted.
Switxetland played 343 and totally bossed midfield.
That changed in the second half.
Nishan Burkart came on scored the goal of the game.
That’s it for today’s youth review – thanks for watching – I’ll see you in the next one!
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