Kobbie Mainoo and Isak Hansen-Aaroen combine to devastating effect as Under-21s draw 2-2 against Everton
The young Reds picked up their first point of the Premier League Division 1 season with a draw against the Toffees at Merseyrail Community Stadium.
Mark Dempsey’s side would have been disappointed not to have picked up all three points having taken a 2-0 lead.
Former Barcelona youngster Marc Jurado gave Dempsey’s side the lead in the 12th minute with an outside of the boot finish from inside the penalty area.
But it was United’s second which was the highlight of the game and wouldn’t have likely gone unnoticed by Erik ten Hag.
Kobbie Mainoo and Isak Hansen-Aaroen combine to devastating effect
In the 28th minute, the 17-year-old Mainoo played an inch-perfect lofted through ball into the path of his Norwegian teammate who dinked the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.
It was a real moment of quality between two vital cogs of last season’s FA Youth Cup success.
The teenagers have already been in and around the first team set up with the former Ajax manager this summer.
Mainoo came on for Christian Eriksen at half-time in the behind closed doors friendly against National League side Wrexham at Carrington.
Whereas the Norwegian starlet came on to make his unofficial Manchester United debut in pre-season against Rayo Vallecano.
The youngster came on for the final 10 minutes of Ten Hag’s first game at Old Trafford and almost scored with his first touch, seeing his shot blocked.
The pair will be hoping to catch Ten Hag’s attention with impressive performances for the academy sides.
With the World Cup and our involvement in the Europa League, the 52-year-old may be willing to shuffle his pack and given youngsters their official senior debuts if we wrap up qualification for the Europa League knockout stages with games to spare.