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Manchester United cruise past Nottingham Forest for a winning start to their U18 Premier League campaign.

Sam Murray and Sam Mather starred as Manchester United got their U18 Premier League North season off to a flyer with a 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at Carrington.

The duo grabbed assists for goalscorers Manni Norkett, Ethan Williams and Ethan Wheatley as United bested Forest as they did in last season’s FA Youth Cup final.

United started the game quickly, catching Forest with their high press and they would’ve taken the lead early on if not for a brilliant late block from Jimmy Sinclair to deny Norkett.

Mather caused Forest all sorts of problems with his mazy runs from midfield and he almost put United ahead in the tenth minute when broke through on goal but his shot was saved.

A few minutes later Mather was at it again beating two players before slipping through Norkett who confidently tucked the ball into the near post.

Manni Norkett scoring first goal [John Peters via Getty Images]

After taking the lead United slowed down their play allowing Finley McAllister to dictate the game by dropping deep to collect the ball before driving at the Forest midfield.

The 16-year-old did exactly this in first-half stoppage time to start the move for United’s second as they shifted the ball from right to left to find Murray.

The left-back then produced a perfect cross for Williams to volley home to mark his debut at U18 level with a goal and double the lead for Travis Binnion’s side.

Williams almost got another in the second half when he was the quickest to react to a loose ball in the Forest penalty area but Aaron Bott produced a strong save to deny him.

United grabbed their third in the 75th minute. Murray was heavily involved again pinching the ball from Justin Hanks before finding substitute Wheatley who produced a smart turn and finish.

Plenty to ponder for Forest manager Warren Joyce ahead of welcoming Leeds United next week where they will be hoping to bounce back.

As for United a comfortable three points, the performances of Murray, Mather and McAllister in particular will have pleased Binnion.

August 20, 2022
3 - 0
Full Time


Date Time League Season Match Day
August 20, 2022 12:30 pm U18 Premier League North 2022/2023 2


Aon Training Complex
Carrington, Manchester M31 4BH


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Manchester United U18213Win
Nottingham Forest U18000Loss

Manchester United U18

Sonny Aljofree Defender
Maximilano Oyedele Midfielder
Samuel Mather Midfielder
James Nolan Midfielder
Jack Moorhouse Forward
Sam Murray Defender
Finlay Mcalister Midfielder
Tom Wooster Goalkeeper
Ethan Williams Midfielder 45'
Louis Jackson Defender
Ethan Wheatley Forward 75'
Manni Norkett Forward 13'
Adam Berry Forward
Jack Kingdon Defender
Tom Myles Goalkeeper
Victor Musa Forward
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Nottingham Forest U18

Jimmy Sinclair Defender
Aaron Bott Goalkeeper
Jack Thompson Defender 57'
Justin Hanks Defender
Detlef Esapa Osong Forward
Henry Lister Midfielder
Tony Gbopo Midfielder 70'
Archie Whitehall Midfielder
George Hemmings Midfielder
Kristian Clarke Defender
Joe Gardner Midfielder
Jack Nadin Midfielder
Theo Robinson Defender
Elijah Morgan Midfielder
Keehan Willows Goalkeeper
Leo King Midfielder

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