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Manchester United youngster Mateo Mejia has expressed his delight after finally making his return to match-action after almost a year on the sidelines through injury.

The striker, who made the switch to Old Trafford back in the summer of 2019 from Spanish side Real Zaragoza, stepped off the bench last night as United’s Under-23s played out a 2-2 draw with non-league outfit Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough Stadium.

Mejia stepped off the bench with 22 minutes of the contest remaining, replacing Shola Shoretire, who had netted United’s second goal of the contest in the first half.

United took the lead after just five minutes through Omari Forson before Shoretire made it 2-0 just past the half hour mark. However, the National League North side came roaring back after the half time interval, scoring twice in the final 18 minutes to ensure the contest ended all square, with an own-goal from Alvaro Fernandez and a strike from substitute Sam Austin undoing all of the visitors’ hard work.

Whilst the result will have disappointed boss Neil Wood, the outcome did little to wipe the smile off of Mejia’s face, who took to social media after the contest to make it clear just how happy he was to have finally made a return from his long-term injury lay-off.

Posting on his Instagram page, the 19-year-old said: “It felt amazing to get some minutes after such a long time. Time to kick-on and keep working hard.

“Thanks everyone for your support, but specially to my family.

“God’s plan.”

The striker has not experienced much luck on the injury front since joining United, being forced off on his first appearance for the club and then suffering a fresh setback just three games after returning.

With a long-term lay-off now behind him, Mejia will be hoping that the 2021/22 campaign brings far more success, as he will look to kick-on, continue improving and work towards, one day, forcing his way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans.

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