Shortly before Manchester United’s spectacular Cristiano Ronaldo inspired win over Tottenham, the under-18s team played a dramatic game of their own.
United’s under-18s had gone 4-1 down against Liverpool, before fighting back to claim an impressive 5-5 draw.
Ethan Ennis and Joe Hugill each scored twice, while defender Willy Kambwala also managed to get onto the scoresheet.
It was Kambwala’s goal which set United’s comeback in motion, scoring the goal which brought the game back to 4-2, before Hugill grabbed another a minute later.
Kambwala had managed to get forward from a move in open play and connected with a pinpoint cross from right-back Sam Murray, to head the ball low into the net.
This was Kambwala’s first ever goal in a Manchester United shirt, and he was delighted to get it, even if his side didn’t quite manage to get all three points.
Not been an easy start for Kambwala
Kamabwala signed for Manchester United on transfer deadline day in 2020 as the club’s final foreign signing under 18 before Brexit rules came in.
The French youth international signed from Sochaux and after making a successful under-18s debut, he suffered an injury which kept him out for the rest of the season.
He made his return in September and has played intermittently for the under-18s, recently returning from another knock.
He was on the bench for the FA Youth Cup semi-final, and if he can really impress between now and the final, he has an outside chance of getting selected, but he will have to work hard and stay injury free.
This goal will give him confidence, even though there is plenty of defensive improvements United’s young players can make. Youth games can often get out of control and end up with wild scorelines, without it being a slight on the defensive quality of players involved.