Wednesday 06 March 2013
Manchester United moved up to second place in the Elite Group after overcoming West Ham United 2-0 in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.
Warren Joyce's charges maintained their push for a semi-final place of the competition as midfielder Nick Powell scored twice at either end of the match to seal three points for the hosts against the side they held to a goalless draw at the Boleyn Ground six days earlier.
The home side got off to the perfect start after five minutes at Moss Lane when Larnell Cole played Marnick Vermijl through on the right and the full-back cut inside to shoot with his left foot. Although goalkeeper Raphael Siegel parried his effort out, Powell was on hand to convert the rebound.
The visitors soon responded through the lively Paul McCallum with Dan Potts firing narrowly over. At the other end the impressive Powell sent a shot just wide after a neat one-two with Jesse Lingard and was unable to get his head to an accurate ball by Tom Thorpe on the stroke of half-time.
After the break West Ham attempted a recovery as Potts, the son of former West Ham defender Steve Potts, again shot over but the visitors failed to trouble Anders Lindegaard in the United goal, thanks largely to the dominance of Thorpe and Sean McGinty at the heart of the defence.
With a minute remaining Powell doubled his tally after winning a challenge with Spiegel and confidently drove a left-footed shot into an empty net from the tightest of angles to register his fifth goal of the season at this level.
United trail leaders Tottenham Hotspur by five points with a game in hand, while the Hammers have slipped back to fifth place.
West Ham return to the North West for their next match, against Liverpool on Monday, while on the same day Manchester United host a Wolverhampton Wanderers team who have won their past two matches.
Wednesday 6 March
Manchester United (Powell 2) 2-0 West Ham United
Blackburn Rovers v Fulham, 7pm
Newcastle United v Manchester City, 1pm
Chelsea v Everton, 2:30pm
Tottenham v West Brom, 1pm
Liverpool v West Ham, 2pm
Arsenal v Southampton, 7pm
Man Utd v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 7pm
Blackburn v Fulham, 7pm
Sunderland v Middlesbrough, 7pm
Crystal Palace v Norwich City, 7pm
Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers, 7pm
Stoke City v Reading, 7pm
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