Barclays U18s Premier League
Saturday 1 December 2012
(Wilson 21, 65, Daehli 29, 43)
(Ariyibi 23, Colmer 75)
18s: United 4 Southampton 2
United rounded off their Barclays Under-18s Premier League Group Two campaign in style with a 4-2 victory over group winners Southampton.
A couple of braces from James Wilson – who was celebrating his 17th birthday – and Mats Daehli sealed a deserved win at Carrington despite Saints rallying late on.
Wilson put United in front on 21 minutes with a superb volleyed finish from Adnan Januzaj’s left-wing free-kick.
Januzaj was the creator once more eight minutes later when he put Daehli through on goal and the Norwegian finished with aplomb.
Sixty-five seconds later though, the visitors pulled one back through Eboly Ariyibi who tucked home a low cross from close-range.
Just after Wilson had seen a well-struck effort come back off the post, the Reds regained their two-goal cushion two minutes before the break as Januzaj and Daehli combined brilliantly again with the former supplying an inch-perfect pass for the latter to steer home.
Wilson made it 4-1 on 65 minutes after rounding the goalkeeper and slotting into an empty net.
Southampton were given a lifeline ten minutes later when Fraser Colmer headed home from a corner, but the Reds held out to ensure a triumphant end to their Group Two campaign.
United: Sutherland; Grimshaw, Dalley, Ioannou, Evans; Weir, Pearson (Rothwell 68), Rudge (Barmby 46), Daehli (Gorre 64); Januzaj; Wilson.