Manchester United’s recent sequence of high-scoring wins was brought to a close on Merseyside as Everton’s U23s Captain Nathan Broadhead bagged a clinical hat-trick.
Over the ninety minutes, there was little to choose between the teams in terms of territorial advantage and possession, and Charlie McCann's excellent equaliser for the Reds ensured the score was level at half-time. However, it was the Toffees' number nine who eventually made the major difference on the night.
The defeat halted United’s gradual ascent up the Premier League 2 Division One table over the past few weeks as Everton’s victory saw them leapfrog over the Reds into fourth place.
This fixture was staged at Southport FC’s Pure Stadium, which was originally known as Haig Avenue and was once the workplace of Eric Harrison, revered coach of United’s legendary ‘Class of 92’.
The Reds welcomed back Manchester lad Will Fish into the back four and Arnau Puigmal, the talented Spaniard, in midfield, but the latter’s return to the colours was sadly curtailed early in the game when he picked up a knock and was replaced by Dutch youngster Dillon Hoogewerf.
It was a blow to Neil Wood’s side who were also without the injured Hannibal and Anthony Elanga, as well as Shola Shoretire whose recent performances at Academy level paved the way for him to make his first-team debut as a late substitute against Newcastle United at Old Trafford last night. The glory of Manchester United now from beating Liverpool last game with six goals now is gone.
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