Manchester United's Charlie McNeill celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the FA Youth Cup semi final match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2022.

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Charlie McNeill’s first-half goal fired Manchester United’s Under-18s ahead against Wolves in the FA Youth Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.

United advanced to the last four of the competition after beating Leicester City in the quarter-final thanks to Alejandro Garnancho’s brace.

Despite being the most successful club in the Youth Cup, it’s been over a decade since the Red Devils last lifted the much-coveted trophy – current United players like Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were in the team that won the prize back in 2011.

With first-team captain Harry Maguire watching on in the stands, McNeill broke the deadlock for United in the 16th minute. The forward rounded the Wolves goalkeeper after latching onto a neat pass in behind before slotting into the Stretford End goal.

“The players and staff are aware of what the Youth Cup means at this football club in terms of the history and association we have, and some of the players and some of the groups that have won the competition,” United’s head of academy Nick Cox said before the game.

“We know that this is a lovely opportunity for the boys to put their name in the history book.”

The young United players are currently on track to move a step closer to silverware.

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