Under 23 Premier League Division 2: Derby County 1 Manchester United 1.
Loughborough University Stadium, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3RT
We missed the first 10 minutes (and United’s goal!) because we got trapped in the never-ending brutalist sprawl that is Loughborough University. The university has just one postcode for a campus that is bigger than the town it’s in, which knakered the satnav and none of the ‘locals’ we asked had a clue where it was. When we found it it was a disappointing soul-less place but at least we got to see the young reds in action. Tiny winger Angel Gomes was the star of a poor game which the reds would have won comfortably if they had a decent striker.
Centre back RoShaun Williams was impressive, never more so than when he was berating the ref in a load and broad Mancunian accent. He looks like he could make the step-up to the first team. He looks a better bet than Jones, Bailly or Rojo at least.