Everton U21s lose big at Manchester United today

11/02/2023 9comments  |  Jump to last
Manchester Utd U21s 4 - 1 Everton U21s

Everton U21s travel down the East Lancs Road to a big defeat in today's Premier League 2 encounter with Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village.

A season of mixed fortunes continues for Paul Tait's Blues, who come off a fine midweek victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the Premier League International Cup to counterbalance a humbling defeat last weekend at the hands of Bristol City that dumped them out of this season's Premier League Cup.

The home side took a 2-goal lead in the first half but Everton clawed back one goal before the break through Liam Higgins who latched onto a loose ball at the back post and fired into the back of the net. 

In the second half, Okoronkwo hit over when he might well have equalized before Man Utd went further ahead. And they added a fourth goal to underline the size of the loss to this somewhat weakened young team. 

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Everton U21s: Leban, Higgins, Hunt [Y:85'], John, Campbell, I Samuels-Smith, Bates (87' Butler), Price, Okoronkwo, Apter, Kouyate (64' Heath).   
Subs not Used: Barrett, Mallon, O Samuels-Smith. 


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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 11/02/2023 at 13:45:54
Price plays but Mills and Welch do not. First-team squad at Anfield on Monday?

Guessing Einar Iversen is injured after he was subbed in the first half last time out.

Guessing Luke Butterfield has relapsed after coming back from a long injury absence to play in three Premier League Cup games back in December. Not been seen since.

Dupont Koo
2 Posted 11/02/2023 at 00:13:19
It appears that both the U21s and U18s have been playing tons of games lately. I wonder how much of this result was due to fatigue?
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 12/02/2023 at 03:29:19
That U21 side also seems to be almost unrecognisable compared to last season's regulars. The likes of Apter, ISS, OSS, Bates, Butler etc are relatively new to this level?

I know it's been said before, but this seems to be less about winning games and more about giving young ones their chance earlier, not renewing contracts of those who are not going to make it at the next level (John already in that category? Anderson gone? etc…).

Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 12/02/2023 at 06:52:44
Absolutely Brent, it's not about winning at this level, more about development.

For those who watch regular, how is Okoronkwo shaping up? I keep seeing his name a lot.

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 12/02/2023 at 07:29:50
Most will probably forge a decent career in League One, perhaps lower Championship standard?

Very few ever make it at Everton or Premier League level, and the very rare ones that do will go for astronomical prices.

Still think Anthony Gordon will be playing for Norwich or Blackburn in another 3 years somehow…

Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 12/02/2023 at 08:28:05
I forgot Price is only 19; I wonder if he might be getting sent on loan to a foreign team next season, where he might learn more? It might also be to his advantage because he's not the most physically developed young lad.

I watched Duncan Ferguson's Forest Green yesterday. Sometimes it really is a man's game in those lower leagues. Onayango, who is a proper big lad, started well, should have scored, and pulled his thigh muscle in the process. In games like this, I don't know how a young player like Price would actually get any benefits. We will see…

Robert Tressell
7 Posted 12/02/2023 at 08:59:17

I'm all for toughening up our teenagers in men's football but what they really need is an education in playing football properly. Onyango is unlikely to kick in by scrapping at the bottom of the third tier.

Branthwaite has found a good place to develop at PSV. He's learning how to play Champions League style football, rather than how to cope with being elbowed by Troy Deeney.

Price has probably learned all he ever will from academy football. Maybe a stint at a lesser club in the Eredivisie would do him more good than a spell at Port Vale or Fleetwood, say.

Ps. Jim, it's a shame we will not see Gordon as a wide midfielder in a well-structured 4-4-1-1 under Dyche. He's a good player – another like Branthwaite capable of playing Champions League style football. I suspect he'll do just fine.

Danny O’Neill
8 Posted 12/02/2023 at 09:24:54
It's a balance, Robert. I agree with you as I'm a football purist and I'm on record for admiring the Dutch and German systems, having experienced it and played in it. I stand by that totally.

But I also remember playing on those fields in Mossley Hill as a 17-year-old in a man's team and getting smashed by proper "arl-arses" but then being congratulated at the end.

Your ability takes you so far, but you have to earn the right to play football and stand up to be counted.

It's a great experience for players to go and experience different leagues and cultures. Something, in my opinion, that English players haven't done enough over the years, whereas those from other countries have always done.

Young Bellingham certainly seems to have benefitted from it at Dortmund. And Jonjoe Kenny seems to have found his place in the Bundesliga.

Tony Abrahams
9 Posted 12/02/2023 at 11:36:58
Onyango got injured yesterday Robert, but he had started the game okay, and much better than when he played against Morecombe, for Burton Albion, when I never noticed him at all. Duncan Ferguson, was unlucky not to get his first win yesterday, and he certainly had his team very well drilled, so hopefully he can pull Forest Green to safety, and get a few better players in, so his team can become more progressive, next season.

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