Charlie McNeill was in the crowd to watch Alejandro Garnacho make Manchester United first team debut

Alejandro Garnacho made his debut for Manchester United’s first team against Chelsea – and his FA Youth Cup strike partner Charlie McNeill was in the crowd to see it.

The two players have been prolific for United’s academy sides this season, with Garnacho scoring 16 and McNeill 15.

Both have struck five goals each in the FA Youth Cup, and hope to start in the final on May 11 at Old Trafford.

Garnacho has been on the bench for the past three Premier League games before last night, and finally made his long awaited debut as an injury time substitute against Chelsea.

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There was not enough time for Garnacho to get a touch, but it was a memorable occasion nonetheless for the 17-year-old forward, who can now say he has played alongside idol Cristiano Ronaldo.

It means he has now made his club debut before his international one, when it looked like the opposite could be the case last month. He was called into the Argentina senior squad, but did not get onto the pitch.

Young striker Charlie McNeill was in the crowd to see Garnacho come on, posting a video to Instagram of Garnacho running onto the pitch.

McNeill will hope to soon follow, and he might have a chance. Manager Ralf Rangnick said after the game that United need a couple of extra forwards, hinting towards next season, but McNeill might be able to offer some relief now.

He has scored two goals and provided two assists in his last two academy games, and United could do worse than giving the 18-year-old striker a run out.

The priority of course will be the FA Youth Cup final, but don’t rule out a few more young players making the bench against Brentford on Monday.

Shola Shoretire, Alvaro Fernandez, and Hannibal were also on the bench, and rather than see Phil Jones and Juan Mata eat up minutes, it would be better for the academy stars to test themselves, and for Garnacho to get more time.

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