Please welcome our new guest blogger @supernovadragon. He’ll be keeping you company on Monday’s for the foreseeable future as he tries to answer a very potent question: how would the Man Utd youth team do as a club? Let’s see how he goes…
Hi there, I never know how to start this sort of thing so lets just get straight into this. I have loaded up the English, Scottish and Belgium leagues.
My experiment is based around a Manchester United B team, of sorts. I have replaced Southend (sorry any Southend fans reading this) in division 2, as they finished bottom in real life and replaced them with a Manchester United B team. We will be playing at Old Trafford and also have the same finances that the Manchester United first team have. I have taken all the youngsters from Manchester United and put them together.
The more eagle eyed among you will notice that Jonny Macken, David Brown, Simon Davies, Michael Appleton, Pat McGibbon and John O’Kane have also been added. This is due to me doing a search on Wikipeadia to find out which players were sold during the summer of 1997 and coming across these players and I have added these for that reason. I also added the other known free transfers of the usual ex-united players of Tomlinson and Twiss. I also found on the database another former United youngster who was on a free transfer called Robert Trees.
As you can see he doesn’t, ahem, pull up many trees this lad and I will probably barely play him but he will come in useful come the league cup and pointless windscreen games.
One other thing to point out with this experiment is that I can only sign players from Man United themselves. Whenever they put a player up for sale, I have to consider making a bid in a sense that they could be relegated to the B team as it were. Talking of relegation, now that the squad has been torn apart, could Man United be relegated?
I doubt it, but you just don’t know. So I will be keeping an eye on them and on the readded Eric Cantona, who for this basis has still retired but could be persuaded to put his boots back on if a club offers him a contract. He’s on a free transfer.
I will be keeping an eye on if he gets a contract somewhere.
I will be playing just the one friendly, with local lower league team in Rochdale. Before that happened though, Darren Eadie signed for Chelsea. More importantly for us, Manchester United signed someone, not surprisingly
Good signing for them, I’m sure you’ll agree.
This is how we lined up for the Rochdale friendly at Old Trafford, this is also the tactic I shall be using
We dominated the match pretty much but only a 1-0 win thanks to Nevland. First of many hopefully. Though I am very concerned about the amount of shots off target we had.
Bit of a surprise transfer but I suppose Man Utd do need to make their squad bigger.
Tottenham then replaced the sold Sol Campbell with Richard Rufus.
I wasn’t going to report on the Charity Shield but it was very much action packed.
Man United won on penalties.
I finally got to the first game of the season, away to Watford. I made 1 change from the friendly line-up. I brought in Cooke for Wellens, I decided to leave the rest as they were.
At half-time we were 2-1 up. Nevland put Notman through 1-on-1 to put us ahead after 10 minutes, Watford equalised through Noel-Williams and then they instantly done a sub. We went straight back up the other end, a Clegg cross and Nevland headed in to put us 2-1 up at half time and that was how it ended.
Meanwhile there was a more of a fun game in York in our league
Goddamn it John, why? We’ve only played 1 league match
That will be him gone then, the heart of my 3 man defence. I knew I’d struggle to keep hold of him. Then, as if to prove him right:
What would be quite interesting is if Man United were to come in for him.
Now, I know what screen follows this but I am taking this as he has decided he no longer wants to leave so I will refuse the transfer.
Next match is at home in the League Cup against Wycombe. I change the team a little bit but kept the same formation of course:
This a very dull affair with not a lot happening;
The fact my centre back got man of the match said it all I thought.
Man United are definitely beefing up their squad by signing a future Liverpool and England player:
Back to the league, we were at home to Bristol City. I went back to what I considered was my full strength side. At half-time it was 1-1. After only 10 minutes, Nevland had a shot that smashed back off the woodwork, only for Mulryne to score. However, we then got drew level after a header from Tisdale. In the end it was a comfortable 2-1 win.
Cooke got put through by Notman to score a 1-on-1 and then Sahil handballed in the box and Nevland’s penalty was saved. Right at the end of the match, future Premier League manager Sean Dyche put future Man City star of the mid 2000s Shaun “feed the goat” Goater who proceeded to miss a sitter.
Next up was the return leg against Wycombe, once again I changed things around a little but I can’t say I am that interested in this cup.
At half time this was the scene:
Mohan had brought down Tomlinson when through on goal and got sent off. Then in a separate piece of action in the same minute, Davies put a cross in and my Tree was tall enough to put us in front. We then battered their goal until we finally made it 2-0 through Tomlinson who went through 1-on-1. Only for Read to equalise after a mistake in the defence and then in a total collapse at the end of the half, Wycombe broke free of our defence 2 more times. I know I am not interested in this cup lads but come on!
In the end, we lost 4-3. Notman played Tomlinson in to make it 3-3, only for Brown to go and win the match for Wycombe. In a way, I’m glad to be out but I was impressed by the Tree. Maybe he will feature more in the league?
The board was disappointed to be out at the first hurdle, I am just thinking, wait until the FA Cup. We will be going for that one.
Next up in the league was the visit to Boundary Park to play local team Oldham. Back to my full strength side.
At half time we were 1-1, as you can see our defence have been a bit of a waste. Jepson ran the show for the first 20 minutes, beating our defence with a header within the first 10 minutes (I am noticing a theme for the first 10.) Nevland managed to put us back level when we had a short domination spell. Only for Oldham to finish the half the strongest.
Oldham started the 2nd half how they finished the first. Jepson being all over us. Then came the surprising decision by them to take Jepson off for Ritchie and a minute later Tomlinson lobbed Gary Kelly to win us the match. Onwards and upwards.
We then played again on the Tuesday against Carlisle at home. The only match in the whole of England, which I found very strange. At half time we were 1-0 after Tomlinson lobbed the keeper from Nevland’s through ball in 4 minutes, yet again there was a goal in the opening 10 minutes of one of our matches.
In the end It was a comfortable 2-0 win thanks to a second goal from Notman who reacted first to a loose ball from a Tomlinson shot. Tomlinson got a 10, which was very much deserved and I barely remember Carlisle causing us many problems. Probably because it was a Tuesday.
Our “parent” club got a damn easy Champions League group.
Our last game of the month, and the update, sees us play at home against Luton Town. Can we finish this update with another win? Same team for the 3rd game running.
At half-time a very dull match which saw us waste numerous chances, was 0-0. The only interesting moment was a sending off for Johnson for fouling Notman when through on goal. Onto the second half.
We won 1-0 thanks to Mulryne’s goal after being put through by Tomlinson, however it was a very dull affair this match.
All that leaves is to show the table:
As you can see, we are top of the table, max points and conceding only 3 goals. Some might say that’s how it should be.
For those that are curious:
Man United are still 4th having only conceded 2 goals.
Can we keep it up? Please join me for more.