MANCHESTER UNITED youngster Charlie McNeill scored four goals in the derby against his old club City – and kissed the badge in celebration.
The Red Devils Under-18s stunned their Citizens counterparts 4-2 at Carrington on Saturday morning.Charlie McNeill was in red-hot form as he scored all four for Manchester United U18s against rivals City[/caption] The 17-year-old celebrated by kissing the Red Devils badge, months after returning to the club from the Etihad[/caption]
And it was The McNeill Show as he scored all four in an emphatic performance.
Seven minutes later he doubled the hosts’ lead.
McNeill’s penalty was saved by Josh McNamara but the ball fell for the in-form United striker who slammed in the rebound with his left foot.
There was then some controversy just before half-time.
After the ball was kicked out for an injury and thrown back by City to the United defence.
But City forward Tai Sodje nicked the ball and trotted towards goal unchallenged before sticking it in to make it 2-1.
However, directly from kick-off, City allowed McNeill to run down the pitch uncontested and restore United’s two-goal lead in a similar fashion to Leeds vs Aston Villa in 2019.
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Sodje got his second three minutes after the break, tapping in Carlos Borges’ low cross at the back post.
But McNeill, who has more than 600 goals in youth football, rounded off the scoring by capitalising on a defensive error and firing back McNamara for his – and United’s – fourth in injury time.
It took his tally to 12 goals in 11 Premier League 2 appearances this season – including ten in his last six – after rejecting a new contract at the Etihad.McNeill opened the scoring after 11 minutes with a glancing header from a corner[/caption]