This week has already been a big one for the Neville family. And that’s not just for Gary Neville crowing about United being top of the league again this late into the season for the first time since 2013.
Phil Neville resigned from his post as England Women’s Manager and is set to take up a job working under David Beckham as manager of Inter Miami, BBC Sport report.
His son Harvey Neville followed up this big news with a noteworthy performance for Manchester United’s under-23 side.
This was just Harvey Neville’s third appearance of the season and his second start, and he had a positive impact.
Neville provided a cross for United’s second goal which his uncle Gary would have been proud of.
It was a ball whipped into the danger area from right-back and Anthony Elanga capitalised on it to score his second goal of the game and draw United level.
United went on to lose the game 4-2 after a poor defensive performance, but none of the goals were down to Neville.
One of many right-back options
Neville’s start at right-back could be partly attributed to Ethan Laird’s loan to MK Dons.
Arnau Puigmal, who has also filled in at the position this season and last, was not involved in this game either.
This opened up a spot for the young Neville to continue his development.
Under-18s talents Iestyn Hughes and Marc Jurado are also behind him in the queue, so Neville will have to work hard to keep his place.
He is just 18 himself and this is the right time for him to step up. It’s one of the benefits of sending out a player like Laird on loan, that it opens up new alternatives.
United’s under-23s are not finding it easy. The team have one of the youngest average age of line-ups in the division and at times is more like an under-18s side playing under-23 football, and at times this shows.
But it is also useful for their development. United’s coaches want to push these players. The team sit 10th out of 13 teams, but a win last night would have taken them up to fifth.
Neville’s assist was a sign that he has plenty more to offer at this level. That’s if his dad Phil doesn’t try to snap him up for a loan move to Inter Miami.
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