Manchester United’s under-21 side won a game in the Premier League International Cup last night at the fourth time of asking.
United had failed to score in three games in the competition so far this season. There was a 0-0 draw with Sparta Prague, and 2-0 defeats against Monaco and PSV Eindhoven.
United took on Feyenoord last night, and managed to score, and win the match. This time it was a 2-1 victory for the young Red Devils, thanks to a goal in each half from promising striker Charlie McNeill.
The win moved United into fifth place in Group B, with eight teams in each group.
Charlie McNeill scores brace for United
The goals were perfectly timed for Charlie McNeill, with the striker reported to be available for a loan transfer this month, report The MEN.
His first goal came in the 17th minute after an assist from Omari Forson, before Milan Hokke equalised for Feyenoord at the end of the first half.
McNeill doubled his tally by scoring the winner in the 58th minute after good work from winger Noam Emeran.
These strikes were McNeill’s first of 2023, and his fifth and sixth of the season. He had recently been overshadowed by Joe Hugill, who has scored four goals in January since returning from injury.
McNeill now has 48 competitive goals for Manchester United’s academy sides since joining from Manchester City in 2020.
He made his debut for Manchester United’s first team against Real Sociedad back in September, but is not thought to currently appear in Erik ten Hag’s plans despite a lack of strikers at first team level, although he did train among the senior stars last week.
A loan move is likely before the end of the month, and these goals can only have helped his cause, especially if there were scouts in attendance.
The game also saw a very young trio of Jayce Fitzgerald, 15, Shea Lacey, 15, and James Scanlon, 16, all make their under-21 debuts in the second half as substitutes. They have all recently stepped up to the under-18s, and this appearance was reward for their progress.
United’s XI: Vitek; Murray, Aljofree, Hardley, Jurado; Collyer, Gore, Forson, Emeran, Mejia; McNeill.