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Highlights: Midds U23 1 - 4 United U23

Far from a champagne performance, but some cracking goals in the U23s’ drubbing of Middlesbrough at the Riverside earlier this week, the pick of which was another stunning freekick by Puigmal:

https://www.manutd.com/en/videos/reserves

Even in Greenwood and Chong’s frequent absences, the U23s have averaged just under three goals a game in all comps so far this season.

They currently sit second in PL2 Div 2, two points behind West Ham, and have advanced to the knockout stage of the EFL Trophy as group winners.

comment by Elvis (U7425)

posted 1 week, 4 days ago

Talk to me about Puigmal Rosso. Just watched the highlights and seen on the website that he scored an almost identical freekick against Newcastle in the past.

posted 1 week, 4 days ago

Two good finishes from Chong there.

posted 1 week, 4 days ago

Cheers Rosso.

posted 1 week, 4 days ago

As good a free-kick as you’ll see, really.

That pass for Chong’s first was delicious as well.

posted 1 week, 3 days ago

comment by Elvis (U7425)
posted 20 hours, 53 minutes ago
Talk to me about Puigmal Rosso. Just watched the highlights and seen on the website that he scored an almost identical freekick against Newcastle in the past.
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Puigmal I like a lot. Hasn’t come on quite as quickly as I’d hoped, but he has a lot going for him.

Firstly, along with Gomes, he’s arguably the most technically proficient player in the U23 squad. His touch and short passing are excellent for his age. He strikes the ball beautifully cleanly, and shows good footballing intelligence.

Testament to that last point is that fact that he’s been used in various positions on the pitch at U18 and U23 level: primarily on the right wing and at right back most recently, but also in central midfield and in the hole. Probably only McT has been used in more positions for the junior sides in recent years.

For what it’s worth, I think he’ll end up playing as an inside forward/number ten given his physical and technical attributes.

Reminds me in some ways of Ollie Norwood if I had to compare him to another recent(-ish) Academy graduate, mainly, of course, due to his touch and delivery, but also because the biggest question marks are probably around his physical attributes. He isn’t quite as quick, sharp, strong or robust as some of his contemporaries.

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