Salford City faced Manchester United Under 21s in the EFL trophy last night, in a match that surely appealed to Red Devils’ supporters still proud of the Class of ’92.
Sadly, at least for Gary Neville and the rest of the Salford owners, it didn’t end well for the Ammies. They were hammered 6-0 by United’s kids, a result of putting out a weakened side themselves.
Hannibal Mejbri opened the scoring for the visitors, with Arnau Puigmal doubling the lead on the half-hour mark. Mark Helm then struck a double, one either side of Charlie McCann’s effort which made it 4-0.
Anthony Elanga made it six on 74 minutes, completing the rout against a Salford side that made eleven changes from their EFL Cup win against Championship side Rotherham.
Whilst the EFL Trophy rarely makes the news, national papers covered this game due to the interest in the Class of ’92, with Neville, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs in the crowd. Whilst the result won’t have a huge impact on Salford’s season, it isn’t a good precursor to their upcoming final in the same competition, yet to be played against Portsmouth after being postponed last year.
Some Ammies fans took to Twitter to express their disgust, whilst others saw the game for what it was without the added gloss of the Manchester United connection.
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The fact Salford made 11 changes and didn’t play the 1st team pic.twitter.com/9jpA7Tq5Dx
— Mark Rooney (@MarkRooney24) September 9, 2020
A very poor result to say the least after knocking Championship side Rotherham out of the Carabao Cup less than a week ago.
I half expected something from this game,a draw at least especially playing at home.
Youth triumphs over experience on this occasion.
Roll on Saturday.
— Steve E (@steveeddleston) September 9, 2020
When you go 3-0 down you know that it’s unlikely you’ll go on and get something but at least show a bit of pride
— Sam Gale (@SamGale149) September 9, 2020
I support city but Salford is my local and I’ve supported them since non league
— ً (@mcfcadam_) September 9, 2020
Oh well we're in the final a way! ? Learn move on to Sat n the league.
— Paul ?? (@paulstockwe11) September 9, 2020
Sounds nailbitong. Always close in this games.
— Pete D ? (@peterd1974) September 10, 2020
Let that be a lesson to you.
— Luke (@LukeJov) September 9, 2020
— Ollie Jones (@Ollie_52) September 9, 2020