An 88th-minute strike from substitute Dillon Hoogewerf gave Manchester United victory away at Stoke City in the U18 Premier League.

The win takes Neil Ryan’s side joint-top of the league. United have a game-in-hand on rivals Liverpool with whom they share that top spot having notched up 18 points from seven games this season.

United head top of table with game-in-hand

Six wins from seven games is a fantastic record for a young U18s side. They travelled to Stoke with a number of absentees due to recent international fixtures and injuries. Willy Kambwala, for example, the young French defender is out with an injury.

Martin Svidersky captained United who struggled to find the free-scoring form they have shown recently. Going into the game, the Reds had averaged three goals a game. But Stoke defended resolutely as United peppered their goal with 12 shots and threatened with another 12 corners.

 

United’s best moment in the first half saw French striker Noam Emeran hit the post. Overall, though, United were having plenty of shots but not enough hit the target (50%).

LEIGH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Dillon Hoogewerf of Manchester United reacts during the FA Youth Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Lincoln City at Leigh Sports Village on December 13, 2019 in Leigh, England. Manchester United U18. U18s.
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Hoogewerf hits winner off the bench for Man United U18

Charlie McNeill started up front for United. Neil Ryan appears to be rotating between the ex-City man and Hoogewerf for the starting spot.

It was Hoogewerf, though, who came off the bench in the 69th-minute and found the winner in the 88th. The assist has been credited to goalkeeper Dermot Mee.

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The game wasn’t shown live due to COVID-19 regulations put in place by Stoke at the club’s training ground. Tomorrow afternoon’s U23s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, though, will be live on MUTV.

Manchester United Starting XI: Mee; Hughes, Bennett, Hardley, Pye; Svidersky, Savage; Emeran, Iqbal (Forson 69′), Wellens (Hansen-Aaroen 79′); McNeill (Hoogewerf 69′)

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