Kieran McKenna got his career as an Academy coach at Manchester United off to a dream start as his under-18 side came away 5-1 victors from their game against Middlesbrough under-18 on Saturday afternoon.
McKenna, whose Tottenham Hotspur side knocked United’s reserves out of the FA Youth Cup in 2015, is one of the best developers of young talent around and will be pleased to have gotten off to such a fantastic start at United.
The first goal of the game, believe it or not, came in the 35th minute, with Angel Gomes sweeping a beautiful ball to Indy Boonen, whose shot at the near post was precise and powerful to beat the ‘keeper.
The second half got off to a poor start with the visitors scoring almost immediately – and it looked as though the game might be tight.
However, United found a good rhythm and the rout really started when Idris Kanu, on trial from West Ham, tapped in from close range after fantastic play down the right.
Minutes later, Kanu scored again, making it 3-1 to United. Again a tap-in, but he had to be in the right place to score it; something which he seems very good at!
Kanu had to be substituted with what looked like cramp or a heavy knock shortly afterwards, but his absence didn’t stop United’s flow, and Angel Gomes picked up a well-deserved goal:
Capping the game and his own brilliant performance off was DJ Buffonge in the 89th minute – a good run by Jake Kenyon was rewarded with United’s fifth goal of the game:
It was a sublime ninety minutes from United’s under-18s, who have now scored ten times in just two games, having beaten Everton 5-1 at Finch Farm last week.
Goals: Boonen, Gomes, Buffonge, Kanu (2)
Assists: Boonen, Buffonge, Kenyon, Gomes (2)