Ethan Ennis scores again to make it 8 goals in his last 8 games
After Manchester United won the race to sign Ethan Ennis last summer, there were big hopes for the young winger, who left Liverpool behind.
Ennis only scored once in the first half of the season, struggling for regular starts behind the dazzling Alejandro Garnacho.
Now with Garnacho promoted to under-23 level, with the exception of FA Youth Cup games, Ennis is really coming into his own.
Ennis has been in blistering form in recent weeks, scoring seven times in 2022. With United’s under-18s playing one of the team’s several games in hand on Tuesday night, Ennis got on the scoresheet again.
Can’t stop scoring
United’s under-18s hosted Wolves at Carrington, with handful of players missing due to the under-17s involvement at the Adidas Generation Cup in Dallas.
Ennis opened the scoring to give United a 1-0 lead. He received a pass from Omari Forson on the left, cut inside, and shot low across goal with his right foot to send the ball into the bottom corner.
This was the teenager’s ninth goal of the season, and impressively, his eighth in the last eight games.
United doubled the lead in the second half when Charlie McNeill played a through ball to Joe Hugill, who scored clinically.
Hugill has also been in good form, with this his 12th under-18s goal of the season and 14th in all competitions for the academy.
Manni Norkett was fouled in the second half inside the box, and took the penalty himself, before blazing it wide.
This did not tip the game in Wolves’ favour though, with United holding on to dominate possession and see out a deserved 2-0 victory and clean sheet.
Forcing his way into contention
Ennis’ prolific form is forcing him into contention for Manchester United for the upcoming FA Youth Cup final.
He has only played a part from the bench so far in the cup run, and United played the same starting XI for the quarter-final and the semi-final.
But if anybody is going to force their way in, it is Ennis, with eight goals in his last eight games making him difficult to ignore.
The likelihood is he will be on the bench, but he is at least a stronger option now than he was a couple of months back.
If any injury were to happen to Garnacho between now and the final, Ennis could slot straight in, and United would not have to panic.