Joe Hugill has begun the season in strong form for the Manchester United under-21 side.

Anthony Martial has begun the season in pretty uninspiring form, and is expected to lose his starting spot to Rasmus Hojlund.

There are not too many forward options available to Erik ten Hag. Using Jadon Sancho as a ‘false nine’ does not look too likely at present.

One striker he may take a closer look at over the international break is teenage striker Joe Hugill.

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Joe Hugill on fire for under-21s

Joe Hugill has been sending Erik ten Hag a message not to forget him, with his impressive start to the season for Manchester United’s under-21 side.

He has four goals in five goals in total, with a brace against Middlesbrough at the weekend.

This followed a goal in the EFL Trophy against Stockport, and a goal in a big win over Stoke. Hugill also has an assist to his name too.

It is an ideal way for Hugill to begin the season, following up a fairly promising pre-season in which he scored for the first team in a win over Leeds in July.

Ten Hag made Joe Hugill decision

There was interest in a loan move from Football League clubs in Joe Hugill, The Athletic reported on transfer deadline day.

However, a decision was made by Manchester United to keep Hugill, with Erik ten Hag keen to see how he develops in-house, and whether he can contribute. A contract extension is also expected.

There will be a smaller group at Carrington over the next few weeks, with players away on international duty, including Hojlund.

Hugill may get a chance to step up and impress, and even go head to head with Anthony Martial.

Don’t rule out an opportunity and first team debut for the 19-year-old this month when the Carabao Cup comes around.

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