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Man United youngster proves Erik ten Hag’s ‘fast-track’ plan correct with FA Youth Cup performance



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Manchester United’s under-18s side won 1-0 against Derby County at Old Trafford in the third round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday evening.

It was Ethan Williams who scored the decisive goal midway through the second half in what ended up being an enjoyable and tightly contested game between the two academy sides.

United’s standout performer across the game was centre-midfielder Jack Fletcher, who joined the club in the summer from Manchester City alongside twin brother Tyler.

Son of Darren Fletcher, the 16-year-old was extremely impressive in the engine room, providing a calming presence in the centre expected of a more senior player.

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He also displayed great passing quality, finding teammates in advanced positions. His cross-field pass to Ashton Missin in behind the Debry defensive line on the half-volley was the pick of the bunch.

But Fletcher also played a smart pass through the lines to Ethan Wheatley shortly before Ethan Williams scored the winner on the rebound.

Last month, a report from The Sun stated that first-team manager Erik ten Hag had been ‘wowed’ by Fletcher’s performances and has been keeping a close eye on the midfielder for several months.

He was included in the training squad ahead of United’s away clash with Galatasaray in the Champions League but played with the under-19s on the day in the UEFA Youth League.

The report added that Ten Hag is planning to ‘fast-track’ the teenager’s progress and that he has been impressed by the attitude and maturity of the player.

Fletcher’s performances so far this term, as well as his display in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday, will certainly ensure he remains in Ten Hag’s mind going forward.