Manchester United’s plan at youth level this season has been to push players up above their age group and test them to the limits.
That is why the under-23s is largely filled of under-18s, and the under-18s comprises many who would still be eligible to play for the under-16s.
While this has occasionally brought the odd lopsided scoreline against United, largely the two teams are doing well.
At the weekend United’s under-18s won a second Premier League Cup game out of two, beating Wolves 4-2 after a 8-2 victory over Birmingham last month.
The fourth goal was scored by Maxi Oyedele, who netted his first ever goal for United’s under-18s.
Oyedele’s goal wrapped up a hard fought win and he earned his spot on the scoresheet. He chased down a deflected shot which looked set to be collected by the goalkeeper, and got a foot in to direct it towards goal.
The strike was reward for a fine performance from the 16-year-old central midfielder.
Oyedele has begun to settle in as a regular for the under-18s, after making his debut at the end of last season. He had featured in five consecutive league matches prior to this cup game.
The teenager will turn 17 early next month.
Praise from teammates
Oyedele was thankful for praise from his teammates on Instagram after the game.
Under-23s star Zidane Iqbal wrote a simple message comparing him to Dele Alli, no doubt partly in reference to his similar current haircut as well as his goalscoring from midfield.
United are stacked with quality in midfield in the academy, with teammate Isak Hansen-Aaroen also on the scoresheet in the win, while Daniel Gore provided an assist.
Kobbie Mainoo did not even play as he was on international duty, while Martin Svidersky and Zidane Iqbal were with the 23s, and Hannibal still out with injury.
Oyedele is another bright young talent who aims to achieve the ultimate goal of reaching Manchester United’s first team. Getting on the scoresheet was an important stepping stone.
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