Monday 20 May 2013
Manchester United came from 2-0 down to win the final of the inaugural Barclays Under-21 Premier League, beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Old Trafford.
Spurs had been the favourites, having won their two groups in progressing to the final, and looked to be justifying the tag when they went two up in the first half. Jonathan Obika opened the scoring on 29 minutes with his fifth goal past United this season. Alex Pritchard knocked down the ball in a challenge with Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos and Obika pounced to sweep in his 18th goal of the competition.
Obika was also involved in Spurs’ second goal, just before half-time, intercepting the ball and passing to Pritchard to score.
United found a way back on 59 minutes when Marnick Vermijl overlapped down the right and cut inside to shoot into the far corner. Fifteen minutes later the scores were level. Larnell Cole, whose hat-trick steered United past Liverpool in the semi-final, rounded Jordan Archer in the Spurs goal to equalise after a United counter-attack.
Kenneth McEvoy almost grabbed a third for Spurs but, with two minutes of normal time remaining, Cole scored the winner, beating Archer from close range.
Manchester United: Amos; Vermijl, Thorpe, M Keane, James; Cole, Ekangamene, Pearson (sub: Lawrence 56), Tunnicliffe, Lingard; Januzaj. Subs not used: Sutherland, Wilson, A.Pereira, Grimshaw.
Tottenham Hotspur: Archer; Fredericks, Hall, Veljkovic, Fryers; Bentaleb, Carroll, Pritchard (sub: McEvoy, 64); Obika, Kane, Ceballos. Subs not used: Barthram, Miles, Gallifuoco, Stewart.
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