Exciting United talent Dillon Hoogewerf scored his first goal for the under-23s this week in the win over Reading.
Hoogewerf’s strike came after an excellent run and pass from fellow 16-year-old Hannibal Mejbri.
To see both players featuring and making an impact in under-23 football already speaks volumes about their talent.
Hoogewerf was a summer signing from Ajax’s academy and he has had a really encouraging start for United.
The Dutch under-17 international talent has scored five times for the under-18s so far. This was his first under-23 goal in three brief appearances spanning just 68 minutes of football.
The strike came just days after he bagged a brace for United in the 2-0 FA Youth Cup win over Lincoln City.
A familiar goal
There was something strikingly familiar about the way Hoogewerf scored his goal.
He received the ball on his right foot, cut back inside, before drilling it into the bottom corner with his left foot.
It was reminiscent of Mason Greenwood’s first team goal against Everton a day earlier, which was in turn compared to the types of goals Robin van Persie use to score frequently.
Couldn’t have gone better
This was United’s final under-23 game of 2019 and Hoogewerf will reflect on his first six months at United very positively.
It really could not have gone better. Many young stars recruited in the summer are still trying to settle and establish themselves at under-18 level.
He made an instant impact back in August and is challenging for regular opportunities with the under-23s.
That has to be his challenge next year, to force his way in on a regular basis and earn some starts. If some older players are sent out on loan then this may get easier for him.
There is no need to rush Hoogewerf, who turns 17 in February. His goal sets him up nicely for a strong 2020.
It was a great way to sign off a successful few months for the talent United forward, who we could be talking about a lot in years to come.
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