Man Utd academy update: Greenwood earns new deal with six-goal September

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The United under-23s and under-18s have both built upon strong starts, while Nicky Butt's under-19 outfit have also begun their European campaign well

A dazzling 4-0 victory over Valencia at Leigh Sports Village saw Manchester United retain a 100 per cent start to their UEFA Youth League campaign with players from both of their primary academy teams excelling.

Having already beaten Young Boys 2-1 in September, Nicky Butt's under-19 side put the Spaniards to the sword thanks to goals from Josh Bohui, Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Millen Baars. With the former trio of that group having been a part of Jose Mourinho's squad for the US tour last summer, it will have pleased all the club to see the boys make a mark in European competition.

For Greenwood it was a second goal in Europe this term after netting the opener in Switzerland before Angel Gomes snatched a 93rd-minute winner from the penalty spot.

It was a big few weeks for Greenwood, who was rewarded for his excellent progression with a first professional contract. There was even more to shout about for the rest of United's youngsters to shout about over the past month...


Under-23s


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Ricky Sbragia’s reserve side remain unbeaten in 2018-19 as they look to return back to the first division of Premier League 2 at the first time of asking.

They sat in second spot at the turn of the month thanks to a run of results which saw them cement their place among the leading pack and just one point short of leaders Wolves.

The Red Devils fell behind in their second fixture at Old Trafford this season against Reading. But Josh Bohui scored a second-half equaliser at the Theatre of Dreams in a match which saw Diogo Dalot successfully come through a first full 90 minutes in a United shirt ahead of his first-team debut against Young Boys.

That was followed by two very professional away performances, with Middlesbrough being overcome 2-0 and Norwich beaten 1-0 on the road. Chong and Bohui netted second-half goals in the north-east, and it was Aidan Barlow who scored the winner in east Anglia as United came out on top in an extremely close tussle.

Further good news from those two away wins came in the shape of the first two substitute appearances of the season for flair-filled attacker Callum Gribbin after injury.


Under-18s


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There's just no stopping Mason Greenwood at the moment. His goal in the under-19s win over Valencia took his tally for the season to 11 in eight appearances as he continues to catch the eye. Little wonder the club announced later the same day that the youngster, who turned 17 the previous day, had been handed his first professional contract.

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He has also been part of a United under-18s side which has bounced back superbly from their 3-1 loss to Middlesbrough on September 1 with three straight victories and an abundance of goals which have kept them firmly ensconced in the top three of the Under-18 Premier League North.

Greenwood hit a hat-trick as United eventually saw off Blackburn 4-3 after blowing 2-0 and 3-2 leads, with his winner being a particularly memorable strike. He would hit twice more in another 4-3 win next time out against West Bromwich Albion, with another decider among them. Aliou Traore was also on the mark, but the goal of the game was a stunning counter-attack moved finished off by left-back and captain Brandon Williams.

In their final game of September, Neil Ryan's team edged past Newcastle United in the Premier League Cup by a single Anthony Elanga goal. The right winger, who also grabbed a goal against Blackburn, has been one of the stand-out players of the campaign so far for a side breathing down the necks of Liverpool and a currently-unblemished Everton at the top of the league table.

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