Mateo Mejia withdrawn on stretcher on Manchester United debut – Manchester Evening News

Summer signing Mateo Mejia had to be taken off on a stretcher on his Manchester United debut after suffering what looked like a nasty looking injury.

The teenager who was hailed as a wonderkid after scoring 60 goals for Real Zaragoza last season was handed his first start for the Under-18s in the Premier League Cup clash against Brighton at Carrington on Saturday morning.

But, unfortunately for the 16-year-old his debut was cut short when he went down just before half time with what looked like an injury to his right ankle. The teenager was tended to on the pitch for nearly 10 minutes by United staff, where he required oxygen, before he was taken off on a stretcher and replaced by Dillon Hoogewerf.

Neil Ryan played a largely inexperienced and young side for the clash making nine changes from the side that beat Manchester City last time out. Mejia was one of three debuts with goalkeeper Dermot Mee and Owen Dodgson also handed their full under-18s debuts. There were also first starts for Martin Svidersky and Omari Forson.

United went in level at the break after a lengthy amount of injury time was played due to the injury to Mejia, and it was the visitors who took the lead after the restart when Ben Clark-Eden headed past Mee after a free kick was floated into the area.

Shola Shoretire equalised with 20 minutes left to play after some clever footwork but Ryan’s side couldn’t find a breakthrough for a second and held out for a 1-1 draw.

United stay in second place in the Premier League Cup Group F, but their progression in the competition will now be determined by the other results in the group.

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