MK Dons U15 0-3 Man Utd U15
Scorer(s): Kyle Wych, Teden Mengi x2
MK Dons XI: Rose; Robinson, Davies, Sule, Brennan; Leach, Blair; Jackson, Freeman, Williamson; Holmes.
Man Utd XI: Carney; Wych, Mengi, Hockenhull, Sharrock-Peplow; Djalo, Vint; Thompson, Greenwood, Helm; Elanga.
Manchester United’s under 15s comfortably saw off MK Dons at Stadium:mk in the Gwen and Jim Mann Academy challenge match.
A brace from centre-back and Man United captain Teden Mengi came after an excellent finish from Kyle Wych.
United dominated first half proceedings with number nine Anthony Elanga having two goals correctly disallowed for offside. United also suffered two injuries in the opening 40 minutes. Mark Helm went off after bleeding to his head, seemingly crashing into the advertising board.
The more serious injury was unfortunately for Max Thompson who was stretchered off to applause from the 3,000 supporters. His knee appeared to be badly bruised while he had an oxygen mask on going down the tunnel to assist with his breathing. Speaking after the game, United manager Neil Ryan told Academy Man Utd that Thompson was “doing okay” and would be going for a scan on his leg that evening.
Kyle Wych gave United the lead and from there, their dominance finally translated into goals. As Teden Mengi, powering forward from centre-back all game, cut back from the left side of the penalty area, Mason Greenwood flicked the ball on and Wych finished off. It was a superb goal created by instinct and speed.
Mengi doubled things not long after, latching onto the end of Greenwood’s corner and striking past George Rose.
Straying forward once more, Mengi pounced on a loose ball just outside the Dons’ penalty area. A small skill sold the defender, Mengi was in space and slotted home in the final 10 minutes to secure the victory.
Man United first-teamer Ashley Young was in attendance. Mobbed by fans for photos and autographs, he was very happy to do so, something widely appreciated.
It was a fantastic experience for the two sides that also enjoyed the attention of the supporters. Less used to it than Young, they played in front of a crowd of more than 3,000.
Man United’s new signing Will Vint, the 15-year-old American midfielder and son of former US Olympic coach Peter Vint, was playing and impressed. The number 8’s head was always up looking for options and put in a number of strong tackles. Abdul Djalo started the game next to him. Much smaller in frame, Djalo also impressed, his low centre of gravity allowing him to evade the grasps of his opposite numbers.
Overall, United were the much better side. MK Dons had just the two chances, though should have netted at least one. John Freeman scuffed a shot wide of the right post of Jacob Carney’s goal in the first half and Harry Allen made a superb stop in the second, showing his agility and his reach to deny the home side.