THE ACADEMY

Premier Academy League
10 October 2009, Gresty Road

CREWE ALEXANDRA 2
Oswell (2)

MANCHESTER UNITED 1
Keane

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10/10/2009 12:16, Report by Ben Hibbs
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U18s: Crewe 2 United 1

United threw everything at Crewe Alexandra and dominated possession, but still ended up losing 2-1 at Gresty Road.

The Railwaymen twice struck on the counter attack through Jason Oswell in the second half, before Will Keane pulled a goal back late on. Of some consolation was the eye-catching debut from 16-year-old French starlet Paul Pogba in midfield.

In the first half United played some great football, with Pogba spraying passes around from midfield and firing just wide from long-range. Ravel Morrison also went close with a shot from 25 yards, but it just wouldn't dip under the crossbar.

Pogba continued to impress in the centre of the park. He is very strong on the ball and cultured in possession - comparisons with Patrick Vieira are inevitable. With John Cofie and Robbie Brady on the bench, Paul McGuinness' young Reds just didn't have a cutting edge in attack. However, United started the second half with plenty of intent.

It was one-way traffic until Crewe struck on the counter attack to take the lead after 48 minutes through Oswell. Back to square one for United, who began again to pressure the home side. But Crewe once again struck against the run of play, with an overhead kick from Oswell.

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