Watch: Man Utd youngster Charlie McNeill scores beautifully taken goal

Manchester United's Charlie McNeill during their match with Young Boys in Manchester, England, December 2021.

Manchester United suffered defeat on penalties in their UEFA Youth League match with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night – but Charlie McNeill underlined his potential with a smartly-taken goal.

Tickets for the match held at Leigh Sports Village were free and fans were treated to a rip-roaring match containing some of European football’s brightest prospects.

Borussia Dortmund might have taken the lead through London-born Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, but the Reds soon drew level thanks to Manchester-born McNeill.

Taking advantage of good work from Zidane Iqbal, McNeill struck powerfully past an onrushing goalkeeper, and earned praise from MUTV pundit Febian Brandy, who said: “Charlie McNeill in the box there takes one touch, puts it through a player’s legs and lashes it home, great goal.”

Rhys Bennett scored a late equaliser for United after Bynoe-Gittens had restored Dortmund’s lead but the German side then won 3-1 on penalties.

McNeill’s goal was his third goal in five UEFA Youth League games. This season he has three in four in the FA Youth Cup too, four for the Under-23s in the league and one in the EFL Trophy.

That’s 11 goals in all competitions in 2021-22, to add to the 25 he scored last season for United’s Under-18 side.

And, with Edinson Cavani injured, Anthony Martial out on loan and Cristiano Ronaldo misfiring, there may even be a chance of first-team football for the United youngster in the not-too-distant future.

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