Manchester United’s next generation of talent gave the fans some good news on a day when the seniors lost 3-1 at Arsenal.

Ralf Rangnick’s men saw their Champions League hopes for next season fade once and for all with a loss at the Emirates Stadium.

That made it four away defeats in a row and it is hard to pick out too many senior stars who are having a good time of it right now.

But one man in a United shirt who is Ethan Ennis, who joined the club from Liverpool, who of course won convincingly at Anfield on Tuesday.

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The Under 18 side handed out their most convincing victory of the season with a 6-0 victory over their Newcastle counterparts.

There were two doubles from two more young starlets. Omari Forson and Joe Hugill both helped themselves to two goals.

Sam Mather completed the scoring, on a day when Ennis continued his hot run of form, which has been going on since mid-March.

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A goal against Wolves this month made it eight goals from eight games, and now it is nine from ten, with two assists thrown in.

Alejandro Garnacho’s elevation to the Under 23 side has benefitted Ennis, giving him regular gametime on the wing and he has grabbed his chance expertly.

Erik ten Hag has a reputation for developing young players and he will no doubt be poring over the club’s academy prospects in pre-season.

If there is anyone he feels is ready, there is every chance he will give them an opportunity to shine and at this moment in time, the academy is more cause for optimism than the first team.

Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day program pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.

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