MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 2008/2009 (FA PREMIER RESERVE LEAGUE, MANCHESTER SENIOR CUP AND LANCASHIRE SENIOR CUP)
Date Opponents Comp Venue Res Att 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
7/30/08 Liverpool LSC Fin Leyland 3-2 660 Zieler Gray 1 R Eckersley Cathcart Chester Simpson Possebon Gibson Campbell Cleverley 1 Hewson Derbyshire Amos Drinkwater 1 (7) Eikrem C Evans (11)
9/3/08 Bury MSC Away 2-0 Foster R Da Silva R Eckersley Gray Chester Stewart Eikrem 1 Hewson Welbeck Cleverley 1 Derbyshire R Brown (2) Amos Curran (6) Brandao (7) Bryan
9/18/09 Blackburn Rovers League Home 0-0 390 Foster R Da Silva R Eckersley Gray Chester Gibson Possebon Drinkwater Welbeck Hewson Cleverley Stewart (7) Zieler (1) Eikrem C Evans Macheda (10)
10/2/08 Wigan Athletic League Home 1-2 401 Woods Gray 1 R Eckersley C Evans Chester Gibson Eikrem Manucho Macheda Hewson Cleverley Stewart (7) Devlin Bryan (10) Derbyshire (5) Gill
10/8/08 Bolton Wanderers League Away 3-0 550 Kuszczak R Da Silva R Eckersley Gray Gill James Stewart Cleverley 1 Macheda 1 Hewson 1 Derbyshire Norwood (7) Woods Wootton (9) Brandao (7) Bryan (11)
10/14/08 Oldham Athletic MSC Home 2-1 Foster R Eckersley Gill Gray Wootton James 1 Stewart Cleverley Macheda Hewson 1 Derbyshire Bryan Zieler Eikrem (11) Norwood Strickland
10/22/08 Manchester City League Away 3-0 702 Foster R Da Silva R Eckersley Gray C Evans Possebon 1 Gibson 1 Drinkwater Manucho Hewson Cleverley 1 Derbyshire (6) Zieler Eikrem (11) James Bryan (8)
10/30/08 Bolton Wanderers MSC Home 0-0 Amos Gray R Eckersley* C Evans* Chester* Possebon Gibson* Drinkwater Manucho* Hewson* Cleverley* Derbyshire Zieler Eikrem* (8) Wootton Bryan (6)
*lost 8-9 on pens
11/18/08 Hull City League Away 1-2 1,381 Zieler Stewart 1 Derbyshire Wootton Chester Possebon Eikrem Hewson Macheda Cleverley Bryan Strickland Johnstone James (7) Petrucci (11) Brandao (6)
12/18/08 Everton League Away 1-1 923 Woods Gray Derbyshire C Evans Chester James Eikrem Drinkwater Manucho 1 Hewson Cleverley F Da Silva (7) Devlin Norwood Brady Stewart (10)
1/22/09 Accrington Stanley LSC Home 3-0 Amos R Eckersley F Da Silva C Evans De Laet James Brandy 1 Drinkwater Macheda 1 Petrucci 1 Bryan Derbyshire (2) Woods Dudgeon (3) Norwood (7)
1/26/09 Blackburn Rovers League Away 1-2 579 Amos C Evans Derbyshire De Laet Chester James Eikrem Drinkwater Macheda Petrucci Brandy 1 Stewart (10) Devlin Norwood Bryan (7) Dudgeon (3)
1/29/09 Liverpool League Home 0-0 628 Kuszczak James De Laet C Evans Chester Possebon Brandy Drinkwater Macheda Martin Tosic Derbyshire (7) Amos Eikrem Petrucci (11) Bryan (10)
2/9/09 Stockport County MSC Home 0-0 Amos F Da Silva Dudgeon R Eckersley* Gill Norwood* Martin* Possebon* Macheda* Petrucci* Brady Wootton Devlin Stewart (11) Ajose* (2) King
*lost 7-8 on pens
2/12/09 Bolton Wanderers League Home 2-0 255 Foster R Eckersley F Da Silva 1 C Evans Gill James Stewart Possebon Macheda 1 Martin Brady Dudgeon Amos Norwood (9) Petrucci (7) King (11)
2/18/09 Wigan Athletic League Away 5-4 420 Amos R Eckersley Dudgeon C Evans Gill James Welbeck 2 Possebon Macheda 2 Martin 1 Stewart Derbyshire (5) Devlin Eikrem (11) Brady (3) Norwood
2/26/09 Manchester City League Home 2-1 546 Amos R Eckersley F Da Silva C Evans De Laet James 1 Drinkwater Anderson Macheda 1 Martin Tosic Derbyshire (3) Devlin Norwood (8) Brady (7) Bryan
3/2/09 Sunderland League Away 0-1 862 13. Devlin De Laet F Da Silva C Evans Chester James Possebon Drinkwater Macheda Martin Tosic Derbyshire 1. Amos Norwood Stewart (11) Brady (6)
3/5/09 Middlesbrough League Home 1-0 241 Zieler De Laet F Da Silva 1 C Evans Gill James Eikrem Possebon Brady Martin Tosic Derbyshire Devlin Norwood (7) Stewart (9) Galbraith
3/9/09 Manchester City MSC Away 1-0 402 Zieler De Laet Brady C Evans Gill James Possebon Drinkwater Gibson Martin 1 Tosic Dudgeon (9) Woods Norwood (11) Stewart Galbraith
3/12/09 Liverpool League Away 2-2 3,955 Kuszczak R Eckersley F Da Silva 1 C Evans De Laet James Possebon Drinkwater Welbeck 1 Martin Brady Derbyshire (11) Woods Norwood (3) Bryan Galbraith
3/16/09 Rochdale LSC Away 4-1 Zieler R Eckersley F Da Silva 3 C Evans Gill Possebon Eikrem Bryan Macheda Welbeck 1 Derbyshire James Amos Drinkwater (6) Brady (3) Stewart (8)
3/19/09 Hull City League Home 4-0 365 Kuszczak R Eckersley F Da Silva C Evans De Laet James Possebon 1 Drinkwater Macheda 1 Martin 1 Welbeck 1 Gill (3) Zieler Eikrem (2) Brady Bryan (11)
3/24/09 Middlesbrough League Away 1-0 1,074 Amos R Eckersley F Da Silva C Evans De Laet James Eikrem 1 Possebon Macheda Martin Brady Wootton (4) Zieler Norwood (10) Stewart (7)
3/30/09 Newcastle United League Away 3-3 1,277 Zieler G Neville Dudgeon R Eckersley De Laet James Eikrem Possebon Macheda 3 Martin Stewart R Brown (2) Devlin (1) Norwood (11) Galbraith Wootton
4/16/09 Everton League Home 2-0 591 Amos R Eckersley Gill C Evans De Laet 1 Possebon Eikrem Drinkwater 1 Welbeck Martin Tosic Dudgeon Devlin Stewart (10) James (9) Galbraith (7)
4/20/09 Preston North End LSC Away 4-0 Amos R Eckersley Gill C Evans De Laet W Brown Eikrem Drinkwater 1 James 1 Martin 1 Tosic Derbyshire Devlin Stewart (4) Dudgeon (6) Ajose 1 (7)
4/23/09 Newcastle United League Away 1-1 553 Kuszczak R Eckersley F Da Silva C Evans 1 Gill W Brown James Drinkwater Gibson Martin Tosic Dudgeon Amos Eikrem (9) Brady Stewart (6)
4/29/09 Sunderland League Home 2-0 462 Amos R Brown F Da Silva C Evans R Eckersley James 1 Eikrem Drinkwater Possebon Martin 1 Tosic Dudgeon (3) Devlin Stewart (9) Wootton Ajose (7)
5/12/09 Bolton Wanderers MSC Fin Away 1-0 Amos James R Eckersley C Evans De Laet Possebon Welbeck Drinkwater Macheda Martin Tosic 1 Dudgeon Devlin Eikrem (8) Stewart (11) Gill (7)

 

RESERVES APPEARANCES AND GOALS 2008/09
League MSC LSC Total
Name Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
Nicholas Ajose (1) (1) (1) 1 (3) 1
Ben Amos 6 3 2 11
Luis Anderson 1 1
Robbie Brady 4 (3) 2 (1) 6 (4)
Evandro Brandao (1) (1) (2)
Fabien Brandy 2 1 1 1 3 2
Reece Brown 1 (1) (1) 1 (2)
Wes Brown 1 1 2
Antonio Bryan 1 (6) (1) 2 3 (7)
Fraizer Campbell 1 1
Craig Cathcart 1 1
James Chester 7 2 1 10
Tom Cleverley 6 2 3 1 1 1 10 4
James Curran (1) (1)
James Derbyshire 4 (6) 2 1 (1) 7 (7)
Conor Devlin 1 (1) 1 (1)
Daniel Drinkwater 12 1 3 2 (2) 2 17 (2) 3
Joe Dudgeon 2 (2) 1 (1) (2) 3 (5)
Richard Eckersley 14 5 4 23
Magnus Eikrem 9 (4) 1 1 (3) 1 1 11 (7) 2
Corry Evans 16 1 3 3 (1) 22 (1) 1
Ben Foster 3 2 5
Danny Galbraith (1) (1)
Darron Gibson 4 1 2 1 7 1
Oliver Gill 6 (1) 3 (1) 2 11 (2)
David Gray 5 1 3 1 1 9 2
Sam Hewson 6 1 3 1 1 10 2
Matty James 15 (2) 2 3 1 2 1 20 (2) 4
Josh King (1) (1)
Tomasz Kuszczak 5 5
Ritchie De Laet 10 1 2 2 14 1
Federico Macheda 12 (1) 9 3 2 1 17 (1) 10
Manucho 3 1 1 4 1
Lee Martin 13 3 3 1 1 1 17 5
Gary Neville 1 1
Oliver Norwood (7) 1 (1) (1) 1 (9)
Davide Petrucci 1 (3) 1 1 1 3 (3) 1
Rodrigo Possebon 14 2 4 2 20 2
Fabio Da Silva 9 (1) 3 1 2 3 12 (1) 6
Rafael Da Silva 3 1 4
Danny Simpson 1 1
Cameron Stewart 4 (10) 1 2 (2) (2) 6 (14) 1
Zoran Tosic 7 2 1 1 10 1
Danny Welbeck 5 4 2 1 1 8 5
Gary Woods 2 2
Scott Wootton 1 (2) 1 2 (2)
Ron-Robert Zieler 3 (1) 1 2 6 (1)

The Manchester United Academy was established in 1998, following the reorganisation of youth football in England, but has roots stretching all the way back to the 1930s with the establishment of the Manchester United Junior Athletic Club (MUJAC). and has been responsible for producing some of Manchester United’s greatest ever players, including the club’s top five all-time appearance makers, Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, and the new wave of home-grown talents known as Fergie’s Fledglings. The current academy is based at the club’s Aon Training Complex, an 85-acre (340,000 m2) site in the Manchester suburb of Carrington.

The Manchester United youth team is statistically the most successful in English football, with nine players in the English football Hall of Fame (Duncan Edwards, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Nobby Stiles, Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Johnny Giles). Manchester United also have the best FA Youth Cup record, winning on 10 occasions out of 14 final appearances.

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The academy comprises age-group teams ranging from Under-9s up to the flagship Under-18s, who currently compete in Group C of the Premier Academy League and in the FA Youth Cup. The Under-16s and Under-18s typically play their academy league games at 11am on Saturday mornings at Carrington, while Youth Cup games are generally played at either Altrincham‘s Moss Lane ground (where the under-23s play their home games) or the club’s 76,000-capacity Old Trafford home, in order to cater for the greater number of supporters these fixtures attract.

In 2007, Manchester United Under-18s won the Champions Youth Cup, intended to be an analogue to the FIFA Club World Cup for youth sides, beating Juventus 1–0 in the final in Malaysia. It was their first and only title, since the tournament was scrapped after only one edition.

Recommended Reading on Manchester United’s reserve, youth team and the history of United’s style of play.

Articles :

Football taught by… Matt Busby and Jimmy Murphy

Books :

Matt Busby : Soccer At The Top

The Man Who Kept The Red Flag Flying : The Biography of Jimmy Murphy

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Sons of United

The Birth of the Babes

Fergie’s Fledglings

A huge thanks to Eifion Evans for his assistance.