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16/12/2013 10:17, Report by Adam Marshall
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United's Youth Cup squad

the Under-18 win against Everton, only his second appearance of the season at that level. A Belgium youth international with ambitions to represent Brazil. 

Devonte Redmond (17, midfielder): A smooth runner with the ball who scored a late winner against Sunderland, his second strike of the campaign. An effective team player when stationed out wide, he undertakes his defensive duties in addition to providing an attacking outlet.

Joe Riley (17, midfielder): Capable of playing right-back, as he did at Liverpool, the midfielder is a neat passer of the ball and comfortable in possession. The outing on Merseyside was only his third start but he has come off the bench five times and sparkled during the Milk Cup in the summer.

Jordan Thompson (16, midfielder): A Northern Ireland Schoolboys international who is left-sided and can slot into full-back. Nonetheless, he showed his prowess at the other end of the pitch with a splendid volley during the recent friendly in Slovenia against MFK Ruzomberok.

Matthew Willock (17, midfielder): Skippered the Under-18s for the first time at Liverpool, a measure of his growing influence at this level. Formerly with Arsenal, the leggy youngster has forged a good partnership with Sean Goss and has terrific stamina, making countless tackles.

Ruairi Croskery (16, striker): Northern Irish forward who is in his first year at the club. Played in his homeland at last summer's Milk Cup, scoring one tremendous free-kick, and has got off the mark in the Under-18s with one of the goals in a 6-1 routing of Wolves.

Ashley Fletcher (18, striker): Top Under-18s scorer who took his tally to 10 at Liverpool and has been a constant threat in the air and from close range. Came off the bench to claim his first UEFA Youth League goal in vain against Shakhtar Donetsk and will be hoping McGuinness opts for two up front at Turf Moor.

James Wilson (18, striker): Likely to captain the team by stepping back to the Under-18s after continuing to plunder goals for Warren Joyce and Nicky Butt's sides. Improving and learning all the time, his pace is a genuine asset and he is maturing into an extremely promising centre-forward. Scored

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