Manchester United U18 selection will have to wait excruciatingly this week to see if the team has won the title.

Sadly, Manchester City are just one win away from Neil Ryan’s side and have one game in hand.

Biggest win of the season

Whatever happens this week, United’s youngsters can be proud of an outstanding league campaign.

The team finished the game with an 8-1 win over Middlesbrough, with Charlie McNeill and Dillon Hoogewerf scoring hat tricks alongside goals from Zidane Iqbal and Alejandro Garnacho.

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This was followed by a 4-2 win over Leeds, a 4-1 win over Sunderland and a 5-1 win over the Wolves.

United’s youngsters have won 20 of 24 league games and lost four.

City can overtake United

City are two points below United and can win the league by beating Burnley ninth on Wednesday lunchtime.

Unfortunately, a win seems like a formality for City as Burnley has lost four of his last five. City have won six games in a row, including a 5-0 win over Stoke over the weekend.

United’s youngsters will look back on a 3-2 loss to eleventh place in Newcastle last month that cost the team the title.

Likewise, the 3-1 home defeat to Derby in February, when a combination of injuries and U23 play with a game across the country that same afternoon meant United had to use five U16 players as starters.

An early season loss to City that McNeill didn’t play because he had just signed was another swing point. He scored four goals in a win against them when he got the chance later in the campaign.

Even so, United players will be hoping for a surprise in the City game and if it turns out they will take a very hard lesson on how to ensure that points are never lost at any point in the season.

A season to be proud of

Participating in a title race has apparently spurred players on in the past few weeks, and they have largely risen to the challenge and played their best football of the season.

McNeill and Hoogewerf have built a great partnership, while Zidane Iqbal and Isak Hansen-Aaroen have achieved very good form in midfield.

Individually, McNeill has 25 goals this season, 24 of which were scored in 22 league games he played.

Isak Hansen-Aaroen (Photo by John Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)

Many of these players will play for the U23 next season. Their current form suggests this league is too easy for them and they need to be challenged.

Players like Omari Forson have already made the move, while Shola Shoretire has 10 goals and six assists for the U-23s for another year for this U-18 selection.

The United players ended the season in style and while winning the title would be the icing on the cake, they probably shouldn’t expect it this week. Instead, they should take the positive from a season where pretty much every player has contributed to their reputation. The future for United looks very bright.

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