Manchester United youngster Joe Hugill scored a hat trick for the U18s over the weekend.

The 17-year-old striker tormented Newcastle with a 5-0 win and it was a win he particularly enjoyed.

Hugill grew up in the Northeast and played for Newcastle’s former rivals Sunderland before joining Manchester United in 2020.

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It was Hugill’s second hat trick at Manchester United after scoring four goals for the U23 against Liverpool in January.

After expressing his joy in helping the U18 win their fourth straight win, Hugill was congratulated by his academy teammates on social media.

Teammate Charlie Savage’s claim that it was “too easy” for Hugill was probably correct.

Hugill has scored nine goals in a total of six U18 games and usually plays at the U23 level.

Anthony Elanga, who dropped back into the 23ers, induced United to use Hugill for the U18s.

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Success for under 23

Saturday proved to be a productive day for Manchester United’s academy teams.

United U23 outclassed rivals Liverpool with a 3-0 win. Bjorn Hardley, Anthony Elanga and Shola Shoretire were on the top scorer list.

After missing a late chance in the FA Youth Cup elimination against Liverpool in early April, that goal was particularly sweet for Shoretire.

It was the first time Shoretire scored against Liverpool and, like Hugill, his social media post was flooded with congratulations from his peers.

The victory over Liverpool was followed by victories over Brighton and Everton at U23 level.

That means United are currently in seventh place out of 14 teams after seven games, tied with Leeds and Tottenham who are five and six respectively.

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