Wanderers under-18s were cruelly denied a point on their return to league action, as a late own goal from Sam Bailey handed Manchester United a 2-1 win.
David Lee and Tony Kelly’s side started brightly, but fell behind in the 7th minute when United’s Mats Daehli opened the scoring.
The Baby Whites continued to push the hosts and got the equaliser just shy of the hour mark. Tom Youngs saw his initial effort palmed away by the Manchester United keeper, but Saul Hamer was on hand to hit home the rebound.
But, with the game entering the final ten minutes, United got what turned out to be the winner when a cross deflected off Sam Bailey and evaded Jan-Ole Sievers.
Speaking after the game, David Lee said: “We worked hard because we were aware of their ability to retain possession. I thought our fitness levels were excellent, especially given the fact that we played the Youth Cup tie with extra-time in mid-week.
“We conceded a goal after 10 minutes but reacted well and created a couple of chances. I felt their keeper had a good game.
“In the second half we retained possession a lot better and continued to create chances, so to concede a deflected own goal was really tough on the lads.
“But overall the development of the players is what’s important, and it was pleasing to have seven first years, two second years, and seven under-16s in the squad due to some of the more senior players moved up to the development squad for training and fixtures."
Manchester United:J.Pereira, Grimshaw, Dalley (A.Pereira 79), McConnell, Evans, Weir, Pearson, Rudge, Barmby, Daehli, Byrne.
Wanderers: Sievers, Hendrie, Nolan, Gibson, Holding, Bailey, Newby (Trialist 75), Wolstenholme, Hamer, Youngs, Walker.