Young Manchester United striker Joe Hugill has told The MEN about his experience training alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and co at times this season.
Hugill also name checked Edinson Cavani as a player who he has enjoyed working with, and talked about how the duo are happy to help the young forwards.
Last season Hugill scored 16 goals for United’s academy sides and this season he has netted 15 goals. There is still a chance to add to these strikes in the upcoming FA Youth Cup final.
Training alongside Cristiano Ronaldo
Hugill said: “I loved it, being over there a few times. Learning off the greatest player ever in Ronaldo. Cavani there, too
“They are always giving you tips on moving in the box, where you can be, where you don’t want to be. They are all helpful over there, it’s been a big step in my career
“I scored a few goals in training games, played with Ronaldo, Sancho, Rashford. Seeing what they’re doing, how you can adapt that to your game. You want advice off great players – whether you’re asking them, that’s helpful, but they come over to you as well.”
United have looked to get as many young player as possible in with the first team group throughout the season, keen to mix developing talent with established stars.
This helped Anthony Elanga catch Ralf Rangnick’s eye, while Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage both made their first team debuts earlier this season.
Hugill has only played a substitute role in the Youth Cup, with Charlie McNeill leading the line, and he is on hand for the final if he is needed.
The young striker has been in good form in 2022, scoring 10 of his 15 goals from January onwards, having recovered from an ankle injury which saw him miss a couple of months of action at the end of last year.
The chance to train with Ronaldo and co has obviously been a big benefit to Hugill, and he can reap more benefits if he gets the call to go on United’s pre-season tour.