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Preview: Manchester City Under-21s (H)

29 September 2020

Match Previews

Preview: Manchester City Under-21s (H)

29 September 2020

The Iron quickly return to action in the EFL Trophy, welcoming Manchester City Under-21s to the Sands Venue Stadium for the second of our three group stage encounters (7pm kick-off).

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29 September 2020


The Iron come into the match in third place on the back of a 1-1 draw against Lincoln City at the LNER Stadium in the opening round of fixtures. The Imps took the bonus point in the penalty shoot-out.

Meanwhile, City come into the match top of Group E following their comprehensive 3-0 win over Mansfield Town last time out.

Both sides met in the competition last season, with United dumping the Blues out in Round Three after advancing to Round Two, finishing second in Group A behind Leicester City Under-21s. City, meanwhile, went through as Group F winners last season with six points from a possible nine.


Manchester City confirmed a management restructure for their Elite Development Squad and Under 18s ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

Enzo Maresca was appointed as manager of our EDS group in succession to former Scunthorpe midfielder Paul Harsley following the expiry of his contract.

The 40-year-old Italian enjoyed a highly successful near 20-year playing career, representing a host of clubs including Juventus, with whom he won both Serie A and the Italian Super Cup, and Sevilla where Maresca was part of the Spanish side that won five major honours including two UEFA Cups and the Copa del Rey.

Adrian Bernabe scored the winner in their game last month against the Stags, notching after 25 minutes before Liam Delap came along with a brace in the final two minutes of the game. Delap is the son of Rory and made his debut for the senior side last week, becoming the first Manchester City player born in 2003 to score for the club competitively. He netted in the sisde's 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup Round Three.

Also amongst the City squad is John McAtee's younger brother James, while Shaun Wright-Phillips' son D'Margio Wright-Phillips is also part of their side.


Kenan Dünnwald-Turan will be absent through injury after also missing out on making his home debut at the weekend. Despite this, he is expected to return to full training on Thursday ahead of Saturday's trip to Tranmere.

Jordan Clarke will also remain on the sidelines as he suffered a slight thigh injury on Monday, while Harrison McGahey (hamstring) and Kevn van Veen (knee) are set to miss the entirety of October at least. Olufela Olomola (hamstring) is nearing a return to action, but this game may come too soon.

Jai Rowe (knee) could come back into the squad for this match, as could John McAtee as he looks to rebuild his fitness after returning to training following a fortnight of self-isolation after coming into close contact with the Iron's player who tested positive for COVID-19 over three weeks ago.


The two sides met competitively last season in Round Three of the EFL Trophy, with the Iron dumping a young Blues team out by three goals to one.

Kevin van Veen notched a brace while Matthew Lund got the other goal in what was a strong first half performance. The away side got one back from the penalty spot in the second half, but United progressed onwards.

The full record is as follows:

2019-20 - Tue Jan 8 EFL T R3 Iron 3-1 Man City U21 Van Veen 2, Lund
Cup 1 0 0
Total 1 0 0


Tuesday, September 29th
Group B - Rochdale v Manchester United Under-21 - 7.45pm
Group B - Salford City v Morecambe - 7.45pm
Group C - Crewe Alexandra v Newcastle United - 7pm
Group D - Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool Under-21 - 7pm

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