Manchester United coaches have reportedly been left stunned by the performances of one summer signing in training.
The Red Devils’ transfer policy came in for plenty of criticism as they missed out on several of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top targets, only to then have a splurge in the final 24 hours of the summer window.
Edinson Cavani was the biggest name addition on the final day. The Uruguay star arrived for big money and grabbed his first goal for the club in the win at Everton.
But the addition of youngster Charlie McNeil from rivals Manchester City went firmly under the radar.
The striker returned to Carrington over the summer, having originally progressed through United’s famed academy.
McNeil scored twice on an impressive debut for the Under-18’s in their 4-0 victory over Derby last month.
The Manchester Evening News, as cited by talkSPORT, claims that United sources have described the 17-year-old as ‘ridiculously good’ in training sessions. He has made a big impression on the club’s coaches in the process.
England youth star McNeil joined the Red Devils for £750,000, which could rise to £1.5m, after he rejected an offer from City.
Maguire has theory on United scrutiny
Harry Maguire claims that Manchester United’s size and past glories mean they attract more criticism than any other club in the world.
The knives have been out again for United and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the last week.
Last Sunday they suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Arsenal. And a woeful 2-1 Champions League loss to Istanbul Basaksehir made it two defeats in four days.
They went into Saturday’s game against Everton facing an unwanted record. Another loss would have condemned them to their worst start to a league season since 1989-90.
It didn’t look good when Bernard gave Everton the lead inside 20 minutes. But a quickfire double from Bruno Fernandes sent United into the break in front. And Edinson Cavani clinched a 3-1 victory with his first goal for the club in added time.
United are still in the bottom half but Maguire believes much of the flak is down to United’s past glories.
He said: “At this club one thing I’ve noticed in my time here – I’ve been here a year and a half – is we are the most talked-about club in the world.” Read more…