Charlie McNeill arrived at Manchester United in the summer with a big reputation with tales of a prolific goalscoring record in Manchester City’s youth teams.
Remarkably the teenager is living up to the hype, netting on a regular basis for Manchester United’s under-18 team.
At the weekend McNeill scored the winner for United’s under-18s away against Liverpool, in a 1-0 victory.
This followed up a four-goal showing against former club City, and goals against Liverpool and Leeds earlier in the campaign.
McNeill is showing an important quality for a striker with his ability to step up in matches against rivals. He is a well rounded young forward with an insatiable appetite for goals.
Obviously there is nothing like the intensity of a senior game with fans in attendance, at this level, but McNeill can only beat the opposition in front of him at this point.
Joe Hugill was also in the team at the weekend with no fixture for the under-23s, but it was McNeill who grabbed the headlines with a well taken winning goal.
McNeill made his under-23s debut recently as a late substitute in the win at Everton. He will get chances at this level next season.
Big week ahead
Right now there is plenty to play for at the top of the under-18s league. United have a three point lead in first place, although second placed City have a game in hand. The run-in will be tight.
This week the FA Youth Cup also gets underway with United taking on Salford City on Wednesday night.
McNeill is expected to start this fixture and this competition is another way for the 17-year-old to continue to make a name for himself.
United reached the semi-finals of the Youth Cup last season and this is the third round of the competition this season, the first United have been involved in.
United last won the trophy in 2011. If the youngsters do go all the way this season, McNeill will no doubt play a big part.
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