Charlie McNeill returned to Manchester United’s academy last year, after a ridiculously good spell in the ranks at Manchester City, which saw him score over 600 goals at youth level.

Last month he scored four goals against his former club in a 4-2 win and celebrated his first strike by kissing the badge.

Following United’s 2-0 win over Salford United in the FA Youth Cup, McNeill talked about what life is like at his boyhood club.

I love it here. It’s amazing. I’m a United fan, I love the club through and through. I love it here. I’ve settled in really well with my teammates and the coaches all help me, it’s great.


On Wednesday night, McNeill was on the scoresheet again, netting his 15th goal in 14 appearances for the U-18s. Liverpool play Sutton United next week and, if they win, will face Liverpool in the next round.

I’ve scored 15 goals this season but mostly that’s down to my teammates. They’re assisting me well and creating chances all the time. You’ve just got to be ready when the chance comes. I had a few tonight, I put one away, but the most important thing is the win. I put a nice goal away and I could have had another one towards the end so I’m a bit frustrated with myself because I know I could have put it away. But I’ll take that next chance when it comes.

We look to go all the way. In the next round we’ve got Liverpool if they win which is a derby and an amazing game to play in. It would be great to win that game to rub it in Liverpool’s face. Hopefully we can keep progressing and try and win it this year.

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