Angel Gomes broke a number of records when he replaced Wayne Rooney for his Manchester United debut at the age of 16 years, 8 months and 20 days.
He’s United’s youngest player since the great Duncan Edwards, and the club’s fifth youngest player ever.
Not only that, but he’s the first Premier League player born in the 21st century, and thus the first player to make an appearance for Man United who was born after the treble in 1999.
Meanwhile, Josh Harrop fulfilled a childhood dream by scoring on his debut. He celebrated with the same move as when he scored a hat-trick for the under-23s against Tottenham Hotspur just six days ago.
Demi Mitchell put in an excellent performance at left-back while Scott McTominay was tidy and efficient. Axel Tuanzebe, playing in an unnatural central midfield position, was composed, calm and looked just as much a senior player as Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.
In goal, Joel Pereira made one great save from a free-kick, and was generally comfortable in United’s 2-0 win.
Zak Dearnley and Matty Willock didn’t come off the bench, nor did goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara.
It’s a fantastic, memorable day for the Manchester United academy and the excellent performances from all the youngsters in action is a credit to coaches like Paul McGuiness, Warren Joyce, Nicky Butt, Tommy Martin, Neil Ryan. Everyone who works with the young players will have a good evening celebrating a proud day.