Following the international break the Premier League 2 is back and Manchester United U23s will be hoping to continue their fine start to the season.

United have started the season strongly under the stewardship of Neil Wood and Quinton Fortune, despite regularly being without Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes due to their first-team duties.

United had won each of their opening three league games of the season against West Brom, Reading and Newcastle, with midfielder James Garner in particularly brilliant form.

However, United's 100 per cent record was ended last month when West Ham, who themselves went into the game with a perfect record, earned a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

United are currently top of the table on goal difference but will be hoping to extent their lead when they take on Fulham at Leigh Sports Village, with kick-off coming at 7pm.

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Full-time - United win

Dylan Levitt punches the air as the final whistle goes and United have won 1-0 here, courtesy of his late goal.

Williams sent off; Fulham miss penalty

An action-packed two-minute spell sees captain Brandon Williams sent off for a second bookable offence before Fulham are awarded a late penalty.

It is saved, though, as Matej Kovar gets down well to his left to deny Timmy Abraham, the brother of Chelsea forward Tammy.

Levitt scores

It’s come late but it looks like United have finally found the winning goal they’ve been pushing for - and it’s Dylan Levitt who has scored it with a neat finish after magnificent work on the right flank by Largie Ramazani.

Ramazani blazes over

D’Mani Mellor picks Largie Ramazani out with a pinpoint cut-back but the 18-year-old sends his shot flying over the bar first time when he should be scoring.

United dictating play

The last 10 minutes have been played almost exclusively in the Fulham half as United search for a winning goal.

You have to say they would be good value for it but they have been wasteful in the final third thus far.

Garner not at the races

James Garner is undoubtedly one of the biggest talents on the pitch right now but he is not having his best game.

The 18-year-old’s passing has not been as crisp as it normally is and his shooting has been a little wayward.

His midfield partner Dylan Levitt, however, is having a good game and the Welshman has just gone close to opening the scoring from 15 yards with an effort that Fulham’s goalkeeper could only parry.

Red card!

Fulham are reduced to ten men as Jaydn Mundle-Smith, the visitors’ captain, is shown a red card for a wild lunge on Largie Ramazani.

There are no replays here at Leigh Sports Village but on first viewing that looked like the only decision the referee could make.

First United substitution

Dion McGhee is replaced by Mark Helm.

That substitution has prompted a slight tactical tweak, with Helm moving into an attacking midfield role, Ethan Galbraith dropping back to right-back and Brandon Williams moving over to left-back.

Williams and Taylor-Crossdale square up

United captain Brandon Williams and Martell Taylor Crossdale, the Fulham striker, have both just been booked after an altercation in the middle of the pitch.

It’s not clear what sparked the confrontation but players from both teams were quickly over to diffuse the situation.

Williams, there, showing he has the fight to go with his quality as a player. He’s been United’s best player tonight.

Back underway

The first half begun in clear skies but the sky is pitch black as the second half gets underway.

United will need to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal if they want to take three points from this one.

Half-time summary

Brandon Williams has impressed at right-back and it is easy to see why a lot is expected of him at United.

His pace is an asset both in attack and in defence and he will feel as though he should’ve scored when he weaved his way into a goal-scoring position with 30 minutes on the clock.

Striker D’Mani Mellor hasn’t been involved as much as he might’ve liked but there has been plenty of good stuff going on around him, with Largie Ramazani providing a couple of moments of quality and Ethan Galbraith going close.

United have lacked an end product but they have created more than enough chances to be winning this match.

45' - Galbraith denied

Ethan Galbraith, United’s No.10, goes close to opening the scoring with a rasping drive from the edge of the area but he is denied by the goalkeeper.

There will be three added minutes at the end of this first half, a half that has seen both teams create chances but United have probably had the edge during.

United miss two good chances in quick succession

Anthony Elanga capitalises on a defensive mistake to round the Fulham goalkeeper but he spurns the best chance of the match as he puts his finish over the bar.

Moments later Brandon Williams crafts a superb chance for himself with a mazy run into the box but his finish goes just wide of the far post.

United are having the better of this one at the moment.

Phelan in attendance

Mike Phelan is in the stands here to keep an eye on Neil Wood’s young charges.

He’ll no doubt be reporting back on what he sees to Solskjaer.

Uncertain start for Mengi

Teden Mengi, one of United’s centre-backs, has looked a little unsteady in these early stages.

A mix-up between Mengi and left-back Dion McGhee almost handed Fulham an opening a few moments ago and he just needs to find a little composure.

Enterprising start by United

We’re only five minutes in and Brandon Williams, the captain, has already made a couple of buccaneering attacking runs down the right flank.

United have improved markedly under Neil Ryan and the fluidity with which they play is refreshing after their difficulties under Ricky Sbragia.

Kick-off!

We are underway at Leigh Sports Village.

Patrice Evra is here

Patrice Evra is currently doing his coaching badges at United and he’s here at Leigh tonight.

He was on the pitch as the players were doing their warm-ups.

Show of faith in Hoogewerf

Dillon Hoogewerf has clearly made some impression for the under-18s to make the move up to the under-23s.

The 16-year-old summer arrival from Ajax has scored once in four appearances for Neil Ryan’s side and finds himself on the bench tonight.

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No Chong, Gomes or Greenwood

It will be a surprise if Mason Greenwood drops down to reserve level again but given he is 17 years old it seems appropriate to tell you he is not here tonight.

Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong aren’t here either.

Garner not with the senior squad

Despite United’s injury concerns, James Garner has not been called up to the first-team squad ahead of tomorrow’s game against Leicester.

He missed United’s last game and also pulled out of the England under-20 squad for their recent games against Switzerland and the Netherlands through injury.

Good evening

Hello and welcome to Leigh Sports Village, where Manchester United’s under-23s are preparing to face Fulham in the Premier League 2 Division 2.

We’re still awaiting team sheets in the press box but we’ll have the line-up for you as soon as we get it.

You would expect manager Neil Wood to be without a few of his better players due to the injury problems first-team boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently having to contend with.

Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes could well find themselves promoted to the senior squad ahead of tomorrow’s game against Leicester at Old Trafford.