Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dropped a hint that youngster Joe Hugill is edging closer to his first senior call-up for Man Utd.
The 17-year-old scored four for United’s academy in the clash with Liverpool on Saturday, overshadowing new £36million signing Amad Diallo.
Hugill only joined United from Sunderland last summer but has made a startling impression already.
He has netted 14 goals overall so far this season, six of which came for the under-18s, with the others coming playing for the under-23s.
It was for the U23s that Hugill banged in his four strikes at the weekend, doubling his tally in that age bracket to go joint top scorer.
Quite a remarkable record considering he has made just 17 appearances, only 10 of which have been as a starter.
The striker certainly stole the show from teammate Diallo, who he even allowed to take a penalty against Liverpool, giving up his chance at netting his fifth.
His form has not gone unnoticed by first-team manager Solskjaer, who is now excited at the prospect of welcoming Hugill into his ranks.
Asked about whether Diallo would be featuring for the seniors anytime soon, Solskjaer said at a press conference: “We’re gonna give him the time to settle in.
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“If we go from that game [vs Liverpool], I’d pick Joe Hugill.
Solskjaer added: “Four goals by Hugill, he’s a top striker as well, we’re looking forward to seeing his development.
“Amad gets a good start and why Joe didn’t take the penalty himself to get five goals I’m going to ask him.”
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The performance of Diallo will no doubt have pleased Solskjaer as well though, after the winger’s brace.
Diallo pounced on a mistake by a Liverpool defender to steal in and race away towards goal before firing United into the lead.
He then showed extreme confidence at the death to dispatch his penalty with a delicate panenka chip, and Solskjaer suggested his first-team bow will be coming sooner rather than later.
“I don’t think it’s gonna be too long before he’s involved in a matchday squad.”