In 2020 Manchester United raided La Liga to sign three academy players from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

While Alvaro Fernandez netted on his under-18s debut last season and Alejandro Garnacho not soon after his, ex-Barcelona talent Marc Jurado has had to wait a little while.

Jurado, 17, scored his first ever Manchester United academy goal at the weekend.

Manchester United v Stoke City - U18 Premier League
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The teenager scored the equalising opener as the under-18s made it three wins in a row with a 4-2 victory over Stoke City.

Jurado rose highest to connect with a powerful header from a Sam Mather corner.

Jurado is now expected to be involved in the UEFA Youth League tie against Villarreal in midweek, having started the 1-0 victory over Young Boys a fortnight ago.

While teammate Fernandez has stepped up to the under-23s, Jurado is a year younger and United are not rushing him. Instead he has been given the responsibility of captaining the under-18s and after a tough start to the campaign, he appears to be relishing it.

Notable day for Manchester United’s under-18s

Defender Willy Kambwala made his first start in 11 months after making his comeback as a substitute a week earlier.

Sonny Aljofree also made his first start for United’s under-18s in defence.

This was a second league win of the season for the under-18s and in the last two games in all competitions the side has scored four goals.

Manni Norkett (2) and Alejandro Garnacho followed up Jurado’s opening goal.

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