Young striker Mateo Mejia has made his comeback for Manchester United’s academy teams.

Mejia went off injured against Manchester City while playing for the under-18s last October. He ended up having an operation.

Now Mejia has made his return, featuring as a substitute for Manchester United’s under-23s against Kidderminster.

United drew the game 2-2 with first half goals from Omari Forson and Shola Shoretire.

Mejia played the final 22 minutes from the bench, replacing Shoretire, who had dropped down from the first team along with Hannibal.

Spanish forward Mejia has not had much luck since signing in 2019, being stretchered off in his first ever game for the club. His injury in 2020 came just three games into his comeback, and he had one goal.

Now too old for the under-18s, Mejia will be looking to make up for lost time in the under-23s this season.

There will be plenty of competition, including from older striker D’Mani Mellor.

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Mellor was on the bench against Kidderminster and has not played a game in a year-and-a-half. He suffered a torn ACL right after returning to training following the lockdown.

He did not make it off the bench at Kidderminster, but simply being there was progress.

United’s team against Kidderminster featured a trialist, defender Joseph Owusu, who was released by Arsenal in the summer.

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