A young Manchester United side secured a 2-1 victory over Barnsley at Oakwell last night as The Reds lost a third out of four pre-season games.
Only ONE of the 21 players who travelled from Old Trafford have played a competitive first game for the 20 time English champions, Tom Lawrence who started United’s final Premier League game of last season.
They did however include a couple of players with first team exposure at other clubs, namely Tom Thorpe (Birmingham loan), and Davide Petrucci (Peterborough and Charlton loan)
Despite their inexperience this latest batch of United talent still just had a bit too much for a strong Barnsley side which included five players likely to start the first League One game of the season against Crawley in nine days- Martin Cranie, Lewin Nyatanga, James Bailey, Conor Hourihane and Sam Winnall. Manager Danny Wilson also threw a surprise by giving Marcus Haber a trial match. The 25-year-old Canadian was released by Stevenage this summer.
Josh Harrop netted first half goals for United before Jean-Yves Mvoto headed a consolation two minutes from time.
Barnsley: Adam Davies, Darren McKnight, Martin Cranie, Lewin Nyatanga, Reuben Noble-Lazarus, James Bailey, Brad Abbott (McHale 46), Conor Hourihane, Nana Boakye-Yiadom (Noble-Lazarus 46), Marcus Haber (Rose 62), Sam Winnall.
Unused Subs: Christian Dibble, Paul Digby, Rhys Oates, Jordan Maris, Jack Cowgill.
Man Utd XI: Joel Pereira, Marnick Vermijl, Tom Thorpe, Paddy McNair, Guillermo Varela, Ben Pearson, Andreas Pereira, Joe Rothwell, Saidy Janko, Tom Lawrence, Josh Harrop.
Subs: Kieran O'Hara, Ashley Fletcher, Donald Love, Callum Evans, Matthew Willock, Davide Petrucci, Sean Goss, James Wilson, Angelo Henriquez, Ryan McConnell.