Monday night saw Manchester United lose at home to their Newcastle United Under 18s counterparts, the match taking place at Moss Lane, home of Altrincham FC.

The Academy side’s coach, Dave Watson, felt that Newcastle had deserved the win because of their effort and the quality of the goals they scored.

The Coach also praising the commitment when Man Utd were on top in the second half for long periods.

This was a result made all the more remarkable by the fact that the Newcastle youngsters had lost their last seven away matches.

It was 16 year old Lewis McNall who once again on the scoresheet with the first goal in the 32nd minute, making it 10 goals in total in his last 10 matches.

McNall scored a hat-trick when Newcastle beat Man Utd 3-2 at home, back in September.

Ethan Hamilton equalised for the home side in the 43rd minute but Newcastle’s Luke Charman swooped with 20 minutes to go, his low finish past home keeper Oliver Byrne sending the visitors home to Tyneside with the three points.

Dave Watson speaking to the official club website:

“I’m very happy with the result but our performance was excellent as well.

“The lads did really well, we had a good first half and we scored two very good goals.

“When you travel to Manchester United at any level you expect it to be tough.

“There were periods, especially in the second half, where we were under a lot of pressure and had to defend.

“But we still managed to have some good spells and overall I think we defended very well and were rewarded when we snatched the winner.

“Considering the effort our lads put in, the quality of our defending and the goals we scored, I think our performance was deserving of all three points.”

Man Utd Under 18s 1 Newcastle United Under 18s 2

Newcastle United Under 18s: Paul Woolston, Lewis Suddick, Ben Pollock (c), Gideon Adu-Peprah, Jake Trodd, Owen Gallacher (Louis Johnson 76), Luke Charman, Shane Donaghey, Callum Smith, Jamie Holmes (Dan Lowther 83), Lewis McNall