Manchester Senior Cup
Wednesday 24 October
STOCKPORT COUNTY 1
MANCHESTER UNITED 2
(Henriquez 51, Bebe 53)
Chilean import Angelo Henriquez netted his second goal for the club as United’s Reserves defeated Stockport County 2-1 in the Manchester Senior Cup.
Following a disappointing first half, the Reds scored twice in quick succession after the interval through teenager Henriquez and Bebe to set up a hard-fought victory against the Conference outfit.
County were quickly into their stride and almost took an early lead. Nick Powell had to head Danny O’Donnell’s goalbound effort off the line and Tom Eckersley also failed to connect properly during a nervous opening for the visitors.
Bebe lashed into the side-netting and Powell clipped an ambitious attempt off target but Stockport went close again when Tom Collins got the better of Tyler Blackett and forced a good stop out of Jonny Sutherland before firing a second opportunity wide.
Warren Joyce’s side struggled to find any attacking rhythm and were not helped by Powell limping off before the break after failing to shrug off a knock. Adnan Januzaj, one of three Belgians in the starting line-up, sailed a free-kick into Lewis King’s hands but there were few scares for the keeper in the first half.
Andy Graham had Sutherland flying across his goal with a fine attempt from long range but United soon assumed total control with two goals inside a couple of minutes. Federico Macheda burst into life when collecting a Charni Ekangamene pass and fed Henriquez with the Chilean taking advantage of the fact he was afforded too much space on the edge of the box to drill home a cool finish.
Macheda and Henriquez were also involved in the move that led to the second goal as Bebe took aim and his shot bobbled past King and into the corner of the net. Bebe deserved to extend the lead further after a solo run took him through the home defence but he prodded wide. Macheda and Henriquez, on the hour mark, also had decent efforts but a third goal was not forthcoming.
The Hatters made a fight of it by pulling a goal back eight minutes from time when Eckersley headed in at the near post following a short-corner routine, which had been conceded by Blackett diving to head over his own bar.
However, United made it three wins out of three in the competition to continue an unbeaten start to the campaign for Joyce’s team ahead of another Barclays Under-21 Premier League outing at Tottenham on Saturday.
United: Sutherland; Vermijl, Wootton, Blackett, James; Bebe, Ekangamene, Powell (Hendrie 39), Januzaj (McCullough 89); Henriquez, Macheda (Lawrence 77). Subs not used:O’Hara, Veseli.