Charlie McNeill can’t stop scoring. Fresh off a brace for Manchester United’s under-18s at the weekend, he was on target again on Wednesday.
The under-18s had a rare midweek game against Sunderland, and McNeill did not take long to opening the scoring.
The teenage striker netted a first half goal to put United 1-0 up, the first goal in a 4-1 victory.
The goal was a typical poacher’s strike from close range, and it was his 20th goal of the campaign.
19 of those goals have come in 19 league games. He has one extra goal from his two Youth Cup appearances.
McNeill also featured in one under-23 game as a substitute. So in total he has 20 goals from 22 academy games in all competitions.
United won the game 4-1, and a goal which McNeill assisted for Omari Forson in the first half was chalked off.
The young striker has five assists to his name on top of his 20 goals.
Individual brilliance amid a team of stars
McNeill has been incredibly consistent this season for the under-18s and that is why he stands out.
Other young talents shone in the midweek win, with Alvaro Fernandez, Dillon Hoogewerf and Isak Hansen-Aaroen among the scorers.
Yet McNeill has been so brilliant at under-18s level that nobody has come close to his tally of 20 goals, with Hoogewerf closest on eight.
Joe Hugill has six under-18s goals and was promoted to the under-23s, where he has an additional 10 goals.
McNeill will be tested at under-23 level next season, and yet, at the age of 17, United are under no pressure to rush him.
The teenager is thriving in his current circumstances, and has made a big impression upon his move from Manchester City which only went through at the start of October.
Had McNeill been available for the opening four games of the under-18s season, his goal tally would likely be even higher.
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