Manchester United youngsters star in seven goal thriller
Manchester United's young stars impressed in the victory over Kitchee
On a soaked and battered Hong Kong pitch, it was down to the Manchester United youngsters to show the first-team stars how it was done.
United's pre season tour had not exactly gone to plan before the game against Kitchee, but yesterday showed exactly why David Moyes is giving chances to more of his younger players.
It was the energetic Danny Welbeck who opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the 16th minute, reacting quickest after Ashley Young's driven shot had cannoned back off the post. It was an impressive take from Welbeck, considering the pace at which the ball returned.
The lead was doubled some six minutes later through a Chris Smalling header, another young english talent, who arrived perfectly to header home Tom Cleverly's whipped cross from the right hand side.
The fast paced start to the game continued just another four minutes later when some excellent link up play between the mercurial Wilfried Zaha and Fabio lead to an extremely well placed finish from the full-back.
Following this United continued to create chance after chance, with some of the finishing not being as clinical as the build up play had deserved.
In the second half United once again started the quicker side and were rewarded when Belgian youngster Adnan Januzaj powered home a header after 50 minutes. At 0-4 down, Kitchee decided to have a go and as a result earned two goals for their troubles. The first from Matt Lam was an absolute thunderbolt. With the United defence backing off him, he let fly and there was nothing Ben Amos could do as the shot flew into the top corner.
The second was scored by Alex, doing well to shimmy the defenders before placing low into the bottom corner. United had the final say however, and it was the ever more impressive Jesse Lingard who wrapped things up, slamming home his fourth goal of the tour from the edge of the box after seemingly having no support.
The full-time result, a comfortable enough 5-2 win. But the real positives for David Moyes would have been the impressive performances of Wilfried Zaha, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj, none of whom looked out of their depth surrounded by their fellow United stars.
It's fair to say, if they can maintain the level shown on this tour, there is no reason for them to not be pushing for starting places in the Man Utd XI.
Zaha has particularly impressed, coming from then Championship Crystal Palace, playing on the right-wing as if he's been at the club for years.
His wide array of skills, coupled with his pace and power mean he will surely be a future star, and who knows, could go on to play a pivotal role for Moyes this season.
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