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U23s striker backed to become Man Utd first-team player in future

Manchester United icon Arthur Albiston has tipped teenage forward Joe Hugill, who was snapped up from fellow English club Sunderland, to soon knock on the door of the senior team squad at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils identified the young striker while he was at Sunderland’s academy and last summer tempted the player to Old Trafford; Joe has already been a hit in the Manchester United reserve roster.

Hugill, who turned 17 in October, has netted four times for the U18s this season and has already broken into the U23 team, netting three goals in six appearances for Neil Wood’s side.

Arthur is a regular watcher of the academy reserve teams and commentates for the club’s in-house television channel on the youth matches.

The Manchester United hero has expressed his delight at the way Joe has started since joining from the Black Cats and believes the Red Devils could have signed the academy’s next big thing.

He feels if the attacker continues to bang in the goals at the youth level, he could soon be in line to be in the first-team roster as well.

Quizzed about the next big thing from the academy, the ex-defender said on MUTV: “A lad there we signed from Sunderland, Hugill.

“He has got off to a fantastic start in his career, scoring goals right away.

“He played in a couple of Under-18 games and then went into the Under-23s and scored goals there as well.

“Wouldn’t surprise me if he keeps doing that, he might be knocking on the door of the first-team squad.”

Manchester United fought off competition from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to snap up the youngster last summer, with losing the player a major blow for Sunderland.