Manchester United youngster Bjorn Hardley scored his first goal for the club’s academy last night.

Hardley scored a header in the 3-2 under-23 defeat to Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy.

Lincoln City v Manchester United U21 - EFL Trophy Northern Section Group F
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The centre-back powered home a cross from Hannibal, who had been terrific on the night.

Hardley sent a message out after the game, reflecting on the loss, and his first goal.

Hardley was playing in his 31st game for United’s academy teams since his move from NAC Breda in 2019.

27 of those games have been for United’s under-18 side, and this match was his fourth appearance for the under-23s.

Hardley has an important role for United’s under-23s this season after stepping up.

Will Fish and Di’Shon Bernard have been sent out on loan, and Teden Mengi is expected to follow, leaving United light on centre-backs.

This was his first EFL Trophy game, a new experience playing up against senior sides, and a lesson to learn from.

United’s defence was caught out three times by Lincoln striker Anthony Scully, who was too sharp, netting twice with his feet and once with his head.

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