Charlie McNeill scores hat-trick to finish academy season on 25 goals

Charlie McNeill finished his first season at Manchester United with a flourish.

The United trainee struck a hat-trick for the under-18s in a thumping win over Middlesbrough.

McNeill was one of two United players to bag a hat-trick in a 8-1 win.

Dillon Hoogewerf also scored three goals, with Zidane Iqbal and Alejandro Garnacho also on the scoresheet.

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Staggering effort

McNeill ended the season with 25 goals in 24 games in all competitions.

24 of those goals came in 22 league games, with one in two FA Youth Cup matches.

McNeill also has a further seven assists, taking his total goal contributions to 32 for the season.

It is a truly staggering effort for a player in his first season for United’s academy.

McNeill is only 17, and while he arrived at United with a big reputation with tales of his scoring exploits for City’s academy, he has outperformed expectations.

Hanging around?

McNeill’s season might not be over even if the under-18s campaign has finished.

There’s a chance he could get called up for the under-23s for their game with Derby on Monday night.

United also have an opportunity to bring him into train with the first team, and perhaps involve him with the senior squad with heavy rotation expected over the final few weeks.

If he does get a few first team minutes, it will be richly deserved.

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