Manchester United’s Under-21s have won every league game this season that in-form striker Joe Hugill has featured in.
The 19-year-old continued his rich vein of goalscoring form by netting a brace in last night’s 3-2 comeback win against West Ham United’s Under-21s.
Mark Dempsey’s side were 2-0 down after 12 minutes against the young Hammers at the Rush Green Stadium, but the young Red Devils turned the game around to win a third consecutive league game.
Manchester United youngsters react to Joe Hugill extending his scoring streak
After Pierre Ekwah and Divin Mubama gave the hosts a 2-0 lead, Hugill ignited United’s comeback early in the second half.
After United left-back Sam Murray was bundled over inside the West Ham penalty area, following a hefty challenge, Hugill slotted the penalty into the bottom right corner, sending West Ham goalkeeper Krisztian Hegyi the wrong way, to half United’s deficit in the 52nd minute.
With just over 20 minutes remaining, Hugill showed his predatory instincts by tapping home Marc Jurado’s effort on goal to bring United level.
Second half substitute Sonny Aljofree completed the comeback by heading home Jurado’s flick on from a Isak Hansen-Aaroen corner in the 85th minute.
But it was man of the moment Hugill who received glowing praise from his academy teammates after taking his tally to six goals from four league appearances this season.
United’s talented number 52 has scored in every league game he’s featured in this season having recovered from injury.
Following United’s memorable comeback against the young Irons, Hugill was met with a lot of love on Instagram by his teammates.
Kobbie Mainoo, who made his senior Manchester United debut against Charlton Athletic last month, commented: “The inevitable Hugill.”
Maxi Oyedele, who like Hugill and Mainoo formed part of last season’s FA Youth Cup winning side, said: “Again though”.
Toby Collyer simply replied with “standard”, while Rhys Bennett said Hugill, who joined United’s Academy from Sunderland in 2020, “can’t stop scoring”.
Sam Mather and Charlie Wellens also lauded the “on fire” marksman.
Hugill has 37 goals from 64 appearances for United’s Academy sides.