MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES / UNDER 21’s 2015/16 (FA PREMIER UNDER 21’s LEAGUE, MANCHESTER SENIOR CUP & 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
7/18/15 Rochdale LSC sf Home 0-0   J Pereira Varela* James Love* Borthwick-Jackson Fosu-Mensah Mitchell Harrop* Fletcher Willock Weir Redmond (7) Henderson Riley    
  *lost 3-5 on pens                                        
  (held over from 2014/15. Played at Altrincham)                                        
8/10/15 Leicester City League Away 1-1   J Pereira Varela 1 Love Grimshaw Borthwick-Jackson Fosu-Mensah Willock Goss Fletcher Harrop Weir Redmond (9) Henderson Riley El Fitouri (7) McTominay
9/9/15 Rochdale LSC Away 3-2 309 Henderson Varela Tuanzebe Love Borthwick-Jackson Redmond Riley Goss Fletcher 3 Harrop Weir Rashford (7)   Rathbone El Fitouri (10) McTominay
9/21/15 Everton League Home 3-1   Johnstone Varela Tuanzebe Love Borthwick-Jackson Goss Weir 1 Fosu-Mensah Wilson 1 Harrop Lingard 1 El Fitouri J Pereira Fletcher Riley Redmond (8)
10/26/15 Sunderland League Away 1-0   Johnstone Varela Tuanzebe Borthwick-Jackson Riley Fosu-Mensah El Fitouri Redmond Fletcher Willock Weir Rothwell O’Hara Rathbone Reid 1 (10) Gribbin
11/23/15 Norwich City League Away 0-2 5,194 Johnstone Varela Riley Goss Tuanzebe Borthwick-Jackson Weir Redmond Fletcher Powell Harrop Rathbone O’Hara Rashford (10) Willock (9)  
11/30/15 Liverpool League Home 3-2 3,327 Romero Varela Tuanzebe Borthwick-Jackson Riley Goss 1 Weir Fellaini 1 Powell 1 A Pereira Harrop Willock O’Hara Rashford (9) Redmond (11) Fosu-Mensah
12/14/15 Leicester City League Home 6-1 796 Johnstone Fosu-Mensah Tuanzebe Williams Riley Goss Weir 1 Willock Powell 2 Redmond 2 Harrop Fletcher (8) Dorrington Rothwell (10) Rashford 1 (2) McTominay
1/4/16 Tottenham Hotspur League Home 3-1 959 J Pereira Varela Williams Fosu-Mensah Weir 1 Pearson Willock Redmond W Keane A Pereira 2 Harrop Fletcher (9) O’Hara Rothwell Rashford (11) Riley (7)
1/11/16 Reading League Away 3-1   J Pereira Varela Williams Love Riley Fosu-Mensah Weir Redmond W Keane 3 Harrop Willock Rathbone O’Hara Tyrell (7) Gribbin Mitchell
1/18/16 Southampton League Home 4-0 1,064 Romero Varela Williams McNair Love Fosu-Mensah Weir Willock W Keane 2 A Pereira Januzaj 2 Riley (6) J Pereira Rashford Redmond El Fitouri (11)
1/25/16 Sunderland League Home 1-0   J Pereira Varela Williams Love Riley Willock Weir 1 Harrop W Keane A Pereira Januzaj Rothwell Henderson Rashford McTominay (11) El Fitouri
2/1/16 Everton League Away 0-2   J Pereira Love Williams Fosu-Mensah Riley Redmond Weir Willock W Keane Harrop Januzaj Rothwell (8) Henderson Rashford (6) Poole (5) El Fitouri
  *played at Finch Farm – behind closed doors                                        
2/8/16 Norwich City League Home 7-0   Romero Love McNair Jones Varela Weir Depay Harrop W Keane 5 A Pereira 1 Januzaj Rothwell J Pereira Willock (11) Fosu-Mensah 1 (5) Williams (4)
  *played at OT                                        
2/11/16 Manchester City League Home 1-0 5,597 J Pereira Love Williams Poole Riley Fosu-Mensah Rothwell 1 Redmond W Keane Harrop Weir El Fitouri (10) Henderson McTominay Mitchell Rashford (7)
2/15/16 Reading League Home 1-0 1,793 J Pereira Fosu-Mensah Williams Poole Riley Willock El Fitouri Redmond Rashford Rothwell Weir 1 Mitchell Henderson McTominay (9) Doughty Warren (7)
2/20/16 Manchester City League Away 0-1 3,100 J Pereira El Fitouri Williams Fosu-Mensah Riley Redmond Rothwell Willock W Keane Rashford Weir McTominay (9) Dorrington Mitchell (7) Rathbone Doughty
2/24/16 Blackpool LSC Away 1-0   Henderson El Fitouri Warren Williams Reid Scott Whelan Doughty McTominay 1 Rathbone Mitchell Buffonge Dorrington Dearnley (10) Gribbin (8) Kehinde (7)
2/29/16 Middlesbrough League Away 2-1°   J Pereira Love Williams McNair Riley Poole Rothwell Redmond Weir A Pereira 1 Januzaj McTominay (11) Henderson El Fitouri (2) Mitchell Warren (5)
3/7/16 Oldham Athletic MSC Away 4-0   J Pereira El Fitouri McNair Poole 1 Riley McTominay Mitchell Love Rothwell A Pereira 1 Januzaj 2 Scott Henderson Warren (7) Kehinde (9) Reid (6)
  *played at Carrington – behind closed doors                                        
3/13/16 Liverpool League Away 1-1   J Pereira Valencia McNair Williams Riley McTominay Love El Fitouri Weir 1 A Pereira Januzaj Fosu-Mensah (2) Henderson Poole (10) Rothwell Redmond (11)
4/4/16 Chelsea League Home 1-1 9,257 Johnstone Riley Williams Jones Borthwick-Jackson McNair Varela Love Young A Pereira Weir 1 Redmond (4) J Pereira Rothwell (10) El Fitouri McTominay
  *played at OT                                        
4/11/16 Middlesbrough League Home 1-0   Johnstone Riley Williams Jones Borthwick-Jackson McNair 1 Love Rothwell Redmond Rooney Weir Tuanzebe (10) J Pereira A Pereira (8) Poole El Fitouri (11)
  *played at OT                                        
4/18/16 Tottenham Hotspur League Away 3-2   J Pereira Varela 1 Tuanzebe Williams Borthwick-Jackson McNair El Fitouri Love 1 Redmond A Pereira 1 Riley Poole Henderson McTominay (9) Mitchell Reid
4/25/16 Southampton League Away 1-2   Johnstone Tuanzebe Williams Jones Borthwick-Jackson McNair Varela Poole Redmond McTominay Riley Mitchell (4) Henderson Harrop (7) Willock 1 (8) Kehinde
5/6/16 Chelsea League Away 1-0   J Pereira Love Tuanzebe Jones El Fitouri Williams Willock 1 Poole Redmond A Pereira Januzaj Mitchell (9) Henderson Harrop (11) Olosunde Kehinde (10)
5/10/16 Bury MSC Semi Away 4-1   Johnstone Varela Poole 2 Tuanzebe El Fitouri Williams Love Willock Harrop A Pereira 2 McNair Mitchell (9) J Pereira Kehinde Buffonge Warren
RESERVES / UNDER 21’s APPEARANCES AND GOALS 2015/16                
  League   MSC   LSC   Total  
Name Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson 9       2   11  
Zak Dearnley         0 (1)   0 (1)  
Memphis Depay 1           1  
Josh Doughty         1   1  
Sadiq el Fitouri 6 (5)   2   1 (1)   9 (6)  
Marouane Fellaini 1 1         1 1
Ashley Fletcher 3 (2)       2 3 5 (2) 3
Timothy Fosu-Mensah 11 (2) 1     1   12 (2) 1
Sean Goss 5 1     1   6 1
Callum Gribbin         0 (1)   0 (1)  
Luke Grimshaw 1           1  
Dean Henderson         2   2  
Josh Harrop 11 (2)   1   2   14 (2)  
Adnan Januzaj 7 2 1 2     8 4
Sam Johnstone 7   1       8  
Phil Jones 5           5  
Will Keane 8 10         8 10
Tosin Kehinde 0 (1)   0 (1)   0 (1)   0 (3)  
Jesse Lingard 1 1         1 1
Donald Love 14 1 2   2   18 1
Paddy McNair 8 1 2       10 1
Scott McTominay 2 (5)   1   1 1 4 (5) 1
Demetre Mitchell 0 (3)   1 (1)   2   3 (4)  
Ben Pearson 1           1  
Andreas Pereira 10 (1) 5 2 3     12 (1) 8
Joel Pereira 12   1   1   14  
Regan Poole 5 (2)   2 3     7 (2) 3
Nick Powell 3 3         3 3
Marcus Rashford 2 (6) 1     0 (1)   2 (7) 1
Oliver Rathbone         1   1  
Devonte Redmond 14 (5) 2     1 (1)   15 (6) 2
Tyler Reid 0 (1) 1 0 (1)   1   1 (2) 1
Joe Riley 17 (1)   1   1   19 (1)  
Sergio Romero 3           3  
Wayne Rooney 1           1  
Joe Rothwell 5 (3) 1 1       6 (3) 1
Charlie Scott         1   1  
Axel Tuanzebe 8 (1)   1   1   10 (1)  
Antonio Valencia 1           1  
Guillermo Varela 13 2 1   2   16 2
Tyrell Warren 0 (3)   0 (1)   1   1 (4)  
James Weir 19 7     2   21 7
Callum Whelan         1   1  
Roshaun Williams 16 (1)   1   1   18 (1)  
Matthew Willock 11 (3) 2 1   1   13 (3) 2
James Wilson 1 1         1 1
Ashley Young 1           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.