5/09/2015 14:56, Report by James Tuck in Eindhoven Under-19s: PSV Eindhoven 0 United 3
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.
PSV continued to threaten with pacy raids down the flanks but couldn’t convert any of their chances, with Peijnenburg heading a corner wide, Ro-Shaun Williams blocking a goalbound Berden shot and Kenneth Paal having a strong penalty appeal turned down.
And Rashford made them pay with a superb third goal, latching onto Tyler Reid’s cross to fire a first-time finish beyond keeper Yanick van Osch after a lightning Reds break.
The hosts pressed for a way back into the game but Peijnenburg’s dismissal for a second bookable offence all but ended their hopes and the Reds closed the game out comfortably.
Manchester United coach Nicky Butt enjoyed leading the Under-19s to a 3-0 victory against PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Youth League opener on Tuesday.
The former Reds midfielder is managing the team, as he did in 2013, as part of a wider role at the club's Academy and was pleased with the second-half performance after Callum Gribbin's 28th-minute free-kick, as two-goal skipper Marcus Rashford inflicted further damage following the break.
"I enjoyed it," Butt told MUTV. "It’s nice to be involved on the football side as I’m more involved in overseeing it now. It’s a difficult one as they don’t train together or play together. We bring them together and hope their talent and know-how gets them through games. It did today and hopefully it will in the next few games. It’s frustrating because these PSV lads play every week in their age group but ours is mixed up, so it’s not ideal."
Butt added: "It was a great result, 3-0 away from home is really good, but it flattered us a bit, if I’m honest. The first half wasn’t fantastic – the young boys were getting used to the style of play and the pitch is totally different. Plus that team had not played together before and we had one or two 16-year-olds, so there were a lot of excuses, but we told them at half-time it was not acceptable and not good enough.
"To be fair, we came out and played the football we felt was right for us and they could not handle Marcus’s pace up front, so we knew it was not a passing game for us but more getting behind them effectively. We did that and won 3-0 so I was really pleased with the second half.
"The experience is massive, not only that but the travelling mirroring the first team is what they’re working towards in the next few years. They want to be in the first team replicating that, which is why I put three subs on to give them all a go, too. I’ll try to do that in the rest of the games as well.
"It’s important to experience European football because it’s totally different to our football. You’ve got to keep the ball as much as you can. We didn’t in the first half but we spoke to them at half-time and were a lot better in the second half. To be fair, overall we deserved to win, if not 3-0, if I’m honest."
Gribbin is something of a set-piece expert – he has scored three already this term – while Rashford is increasing in maturity with the added responsibility he is taking on in attack.
"Callum is a confident lad and he’s good at free-kicks," said Butt. "He’s scored a few this season already. He’s very confident and both Marcus and him are more than capable of putting the ball in the net and he was delighted with that one.
"Marcus is explosive, he’s a very talented boy but a good, hard worker as well. He’s a good lad to have in the side because he puts a shift in for the team. He’s explosive, he scores goals and we’ve seen that today."
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