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Not much info on this one as it was behind-closed-doors.

A Chelsea Reserve side beat a strong Manchester United reserve team at Cobham on Sunday morning.

United's starting XI:


G.Neville (Wootton '61)

De Laet



Evans (Tunnicliffe '82)


Possebon (Norwood '37)

Ajose (Fryers '61)



I've not managed to find our starting XI or our goalscorers.

Welbeck opened the score for Manchester United after 8 minutes and we equalised on the 33rd minute,the Chelsea side got the lead on the 37th minute and scored two quick goals in the last five minutes of the game.

Presumably that why Gael Kakuta wasn't on the Community Shield bench.


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Posted on: Mon 09 Aug 2010 The first team may have come out second best against Manchester United on Sunday but the reserves were 4-1 victors over United's second string at Cobham earlier in the day.

Manager Steve Holland was delighted with his side's application after defeats to Woking and Wycombe, and felt having more experience in the side made a huge difference, even if United also had their fair share of first team experience in their side, with an 11 that included Gary Neville, Danny Welbeck, Rodrigo Possebon and Ritchie de Laet.

'The first team have had a difficult pre-season and that has impacted on reserves and youth, so we still had a younger side out than Manchester United with four or five that will still play in this year's youth team, but having somebody like Michael Mancienne at the back makes such a difference to the team,' explained Holland afterwards.

It was United who took the lead early on though through Welbeck, but the Blues equalised through Borini after a smart pass from Josh McEachran, and quickly took the lead before half-time when the Italian forward finished off a swift move after United had lost possession inside their own half.

In the second half Chelsea added two further late goals, the third from McEachran and the fourth probably the pick of the bunch following a well worked move, with right-back Billy Clifford getting forward in trademark fashion to finish high into the roof of the net.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Jamal Blackman; Billy Clifford, Michael Mancienne, Rohan Ince, Ben Sampayo (sub Toddy Kane 90); Jack Cork, Nathaniael Chalobah, Josh McEachran; Kaby (sub Milan Lalkovic 90), Fabio Borini (sub Gokhan Tore 90), Jacob Mellis.

The reserves have one more friendly game before the start of their competitive season, against Blackburn Rovers at Cobham on Wednesday, August 18. It will be played behind closed doors.

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Probably being rested? He has just come back from the u19 championships, I think we want to give him an extended break.

If he was being rested why we played him against Hamburg. He could have a week to rest and play against Man Utd after good campaign in U-19, that could be his reward from club.

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Kakuta would most certainly have been given a break. Fitness isn't an issue for him, he has played plenty of games.

Good result from the lads there, a good team put out too. Would expect Jack Cork and Mancienne to have their futures decided soon. Just goes to show the difference in competition between playing lower league team and reserve teams, even Man Utds. Reserve teams need to be allowed to compete in League football if this country is to move forward with youth development.

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