The young lads took two points in the EFL Trophy after winning 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out against Rochdale.
The two sides were even at the break but Neil Wood’s United U21s created the best opportunities, with 16-year-old Joe Hugill hitting the woodwork on separate occasions.
United’s U21s had already demolished Salford City 6-0 in their EFL trophy match-up on Thursday, 10 September. It’s a great opportunity for our youth players to play against more senior players — regardless of what level they are competing at.
Former United striker Dwight Yorke was on coaching duty tonight, as pictured by MEN reporter Samuel Luckhurst:
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) September 29, 2020
Shortly after the second half kicked off Ondrej Mastny saved a Rochdale penalty to keep the scoreline level. The young Czech Republic keeper performed terrifically and saved another two penalties in the shoot-out, which United won 5-4 on penalties after the game finished scoreless after 90 minutes.
The first penalty save — just over 6 minutes after the interval — came after a pretty dire penalty kick. Mastny obviously does well to read what the kicker has planned, but he hardly had to move an inch.
Footage courtesy of EFL’s iFollow:
You can watch the full penalty shoot-out below: