Manchester United u18s were disappointingly knocked out of this seasons FA Youth Cup by Burnley in a dramatic game at Old Trafford on Friday night.
United lost 4-3 after extra time in a game they dominated for long spells. Poor defending and missed chances cost them on a night where lessons will have been learnt.
Whilst the bright stars of James Wilson and Mats Daehli did not shine as bright as they have (not through the lack of effort) and no doubt will, there were some impressive performances from the likes of Ben Pearson in central midfield, Donald Love who looks every bit a United right back and then there was Adnan Januzaj. The Belgian youngster was Uniteds best player throughout and the spark for most of the Reds best moments.
Not only does he posses a wonderful touch and footballing brain, but he has the ability to glide past players with what seems minimal effort.. Most definitely one to look out for in the very near future (See Bonus GIFs)
So in this FAYC special, here are my Top 5 GIF Moments…
1. Adnan Januzaj skill and cross
Nice footwork from Januzaj sees him work room to put in a wonderful cross that Ben Pearson could have done a little better with.
2. James Wilson skill and shot
The young striker did not have too many chances but looked to get involved as much as possible. Here he works his own shooting chance as he brilliantly knocks the ball over the defender’s head before blazing his shot high and wide.
3. Ben Pearson pass, Donald Love control
Stunning diagonal pass from Pearson, who was full of energy and drive throughout finds Donald love who shows of some stunning first time control before attacking the full back and laying the ball off to James Weir.
4. James Wilson backheel
James Wilson pulls out a lovely little backheel pass as United attack. He then gets the ball back from Mats Daehli and fires a low shot from an angle that the keeper somehow holds onto.
5. Mats Daehli backheel
Another skillful backheel, this time from Mats Daehli who almost gets Liam Grimshaw in on goal as United searched for a late equaliser.
The Man Utd Goals
More Adnan Januzaj moments
Clever flick pass
Outside of the boot pass almost gets United in
Great chest control after some neat Jack Barmby footwork
Shows great feet before being fouled
Run from the halfway line, almost tees up a goal
Another brilliant cross
1-2 with Jack Barmby, Feeds James Wilson who shoots