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16-year-old Man Utd whizkid scores wondergoal to salvage U18 unbeaten streak

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The Manchester United U18 side this campaign has been immense, although Saturday saw season long the winning run end.

Up until Saturday, Manchester United had won every game in the U18 PL campaign but Derby County were the side to end that 100% streak.

The hosts opened the scoring through Cruz Allen in the third minute – a player United have actually been linked with signing recently.

Jack Kingdon then tied the game in the 25th minute but Derby took the lead once more in the 67th minute of the game – putting the unbeaten record in serious jeopardy.

However, from the jaws of defeat, 16-year-old Jim Thwaites scored a wondergoal in the 92nd minute to salvage the draw and retain the unbeaten streak.

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Jim Thwaites scores excellent goal vs Derby County

United’s U18 side was heavily changed here against Derby, with several U16 players getting their chance. It’s only his third U18 performance this season which explains how impressive this is.

Thwaites took his chance and scored a beauty to keep United unbeaten in the U18 PL. He cut inside on his left foot before curling an effort beyond the Derby goalkeeper from well outside the box.

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Up until this outing, Thwaites had played just 15 minutes of U18 football – as per Transfermarkt, but with that remarkable strike, he’s undoubtedly set for more. He’s showing that beliefs of the next U18 generation being better than the current might just be correct.

Who is Manchester United youngster Jim Thwaites?

Thwaites is currently a United youth player however he’s likely to soon become a regular U18 fixture with a first professional contract likely in mind for his 17th birthday.

He only turned 16 two months ago so to already play such a vital role for the U18 side, it bodes well for his future.

He’s a midfielder by trade, with more of an attacking role favouring his qualities.

With Carrington now bursting with talent in the academy, he’s yet another that we’ll need to keep an eye on.

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