Dillon Hoogewerf hits hat-trick to send Manchester United clear at top of U18 Premier League

Three goals of quality from Dillon Hoogewerf led the way for Manchester United in a well-deserved victory against Newcastle United in the U18 Premier League on Saturday morning.

The 3-1 win takes Neil Ryan’s Man United side clear at the top of the league. The Reds were previously level on points with Liverpool but after winning this game-in-hand, now sit three points above their rivals. Manchester City sit in third and could narrow the gap later on Saturday.

United chose to rotate their starting line-up but both Dillon Hoogewerf and Charlie McNeill were involved in a fearsome attacking line. Ryan’s team started the game well but struggled to find regular fluency in their attack.

McNeill carved out a good chance after 20 minutes. Pye fed Isak Hansen-Aaroen, the Norwegian steered his way past three players as he cut in from the left, and played it to McNeill. With his back to goal, he turned his marker with a clever touch and fizzed an effort towards Marshall. The Newcastle goalkeeper saved well with his feet.

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RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Hansen-Aaroen and Logan Pye form good partnership on left wing

The pair of Hansen and Pye were crucial again as Hoogewerf gave United the lead after 37 minutes. Hansen held play up as Pye reached him in support on the left flank, the obvious cross was played and Hoogewerf controlled well in the area before thumping it home.

United sought a second before half-time and good saves denied Hansen and McNeill late on. After the break, Iqbal whipped a left-footed shot towards the bottom corner and another good save was needed.

Newcastle soon equalised as Iqbal’s loose pass was intercepted. De Bolle stormed past three players, all wary of bringing him down in the area, and finished smartly.

Hoogewerf scores hat-trick to send United top

United quickly responded and led once again. Newcastle failed to appropriately clear a high ball, Bjorn Hardly headed into the box from the edge of it and Hoogewerf raced into its path, reaching it before Marshall and poking it past him.

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His third came nine minutes later but only after a moment of madness. Marshall, the Newcastle ‘keeper, came out onto United’s left wing to challenge Emeran, on as a substitute. He beat the goalkeeper with decent footwork and had the goal at his mercy, but only from a difficult angle.

It looked as if he had found the perfect shot but it trickled off the right post. Marshall’s throw out fell straight to Savage. Hoogewerf received his pass and the Dutch forward finished beautifully from the edge of the box.

Manchester United U18s win 4-1 as Charlie Savage hits late goal

Charlie Savage capped off a fine performance in midfield with a late goal to confirm the result.

Noam Emeran made it. The Frenchman megged his man in the penalty area, pulled it back for Savage who side-footed home with his left, into the top right corner.

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Life-long Manchester United fan with a strong interest in the club's academy. Host of the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. First game at Old Trafford was the 7-1 rout of AS Roma in 2007.