Manchester United wonderkid Charlie McNeill has explained why he opted to join League Two side Newport County on loan for the rest of the season.

The 19-year-old striker will gain valuable senior experience with the South Wales, who currently sit 19th in the fourth tier of English football under the tutelage of Graham Coughlan.

McNeill, who was a vital part of Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup winning side last season, made his senior debut for the Red Devils as a substitute against Real Sociedad, in the Europa League, in September.

The former Manchester City youngster scored five goals from six games in last season’s FA Youth Cup triumph.

Manchester United youngster Charlie McNeill explains why he has joined Newport County on loan

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The young marksman was also involved in Manchester United’s winter training camp in Spain, and he played 45 minutes against La Liga side Cadiz.

McNeill, who scored three goals in this season’s Papa Johns Trophy, scored a brace during the Premier League International Cup win against Feyenoord on his most recent outing for the Reds.

Following his move to the Exiles, McNeill told the club’s website: “I’m really proud and honoured to be representing this club. I know it’s a big club and a family-based club and I’m just really happy to be here.

“The gaffer made me feel really comfortable as soon as I spoke to him, he was really nice, he really sold it to me.

“I can’t wait to meet the lads, get training and hopefully play the game on Saturday!”

McNeill, who will be embarking on his first loan spell in senior football, could make his Newport debut against Swindon Town on Saturday at Rodney Parade.

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