Alvaro Fernandez scores on under-18s debut as four United youngsters net for first time
Manchester United’s first team were not the only Red Devils’ side to earn three points at the weekend.
United’s talented under-18 side made light work of opponents Burnley, winning the match by a 5-1 scoreline.
United took the lead after just six minutes and never looked back.
There were four scorers for United, with each of them netting their first ever competitive goals for the under-18 side.
Mateo Mejia’s first under-18 goal
Mateo Mejia has finally scored his first goal for United’s under-18 side.
Mejia joined last season from Real Zaragoza but got injured early on and then found chances limited.
He led the line against Burnley with Joe Hugill promoted to the under-23s.
Mejia took full advantage, scoring after a good run and pass from Dillon Hoogewerf.
He was unlucky not to have had another minutes earlier, and this is just the start for him.
Alvaro Fernandez Carreras’ debut, and first goal
Alvaro looked fantastic on his first appearance for United’s under-18 side since his move from Real Madrid.
He created two second half opportunities with crosses after overlapping from left-back and his attacking intent became even clearer minutes later.
After neat work down the left, he linked up well with Forson before lashing the ball with his right foot across the goalkeeper into the top corner.
This was the perfect way for the Spaniard to mark his debut, and his runs forward were a noticeable part of the team’s play.
Omari Forson’s first goals
Young attacker Omari Forson was a substitute in United’s under-18 side in the FA Youth Cup last season.
He began this match in a central attacking role, just his third start for the 18s.
Forson’s first goal was an impressive strike drilled into the net from the edge of the box.
His second goal was a more instinctive strike after Burnley cleared an effort from Mejia.
Forson had three more opportunities and on another day he could have ended up with a hat-trick, while it should also be noted he had an assist for Alvaro’s goal.
Noam Emeran’s first goal
Noam Emeran is a player who like Mejia lost last season at United due to injury.
Now the French forward is fully fit and beginning to show what he is capable of.
Emeran was lively all game and got his reward late on when he scored a free-kick.
It took a deflection on the way in, but Emeran deserved his goal. This was a big moment for him.
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