Manchester United youngster Charlie McNeill is celebrating after scoring his first ever professional goal.
McNeill, 19, was sent on loan to League Two side Newport County in the January transfer window.
This was the first loan move of McNeill’s career and it has been in at the deep end for the teenager, for the Welsh side battling away in the bottom half of the division.
After a longer wait than he might have liked, McNeill is finally off the mark.
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McNeill scores first goal
Charlie McNeill scored the second goal of the game as Newport earned a 3-1 victory away at Tranmere Rovers.
The teenager sprung into life as the ball fell to him close to the penalty spot, and he rifled it low into the net.
His strike put his side 2-0 up, and they went onto clinch a victory to move up to 16th in the table.
Manager Graham Coughlan told the Argus: “The boys were outstanding, each and every one of them.”
McNeill posted on Instagram after the win, saying he ‘couldn’t be happier’ to score his first senior goal.
McNeill has scored more than 40 goals for Manchester United’s academy teams and he needed this loan as a fresh challenge for his own development.
The teenager made his Manchester United debut under Erik ten Hag back in September, and featured in Spain on the winter tour.
But even with United’s need for a striker, Ten Hag felt McNeill needed to go and get first team experience under his belt elsewhere.
The FA Youth Cup winner will hope this first goal is just the first of many, and that he can now go on a run and really start to make an impact for his loan side.
His United teammates responded to his goal on social media with congratulatory messages.