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WATCH: Man United 16-year-old wonderkid Shea Lacey’s two assists on England U17s debut



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Manchester United U18s player Shea Lacey made two excellent assists during his England U17s debut against Portugal on Wednesday.

Lacey, 16, was awarded his first appearance for Ryan Garry’s side and did not disappoint in his performance.

It’s actually only took the Man United winger 49 seconds to display his talent. Receiving the ball wide on the right, around 40 yards from goal, Lacey jinked inside before sending an inch-perfect ball in behind Shumaira Mheuka, whose touch and finish was excellent thereafter.

His second assist, around nine minutes later, was almost a carbon copy in delivery – this time from a set-piece, however. His whipped free-kick from deep was flicked into the back of the net by Freddie Simmonds.

Both goals can be viewed below:

Lacey made a positive impression and would’ve felt unfortunate to be on the losing side after Portugal fought back to win 3-2 on the day.

It comes shortly after the 16-year-old signed new and improved terms with the Old Trafford club.

The deal is said to be a scholarship with an agreement in principle for the teenager to sign a professional contract with the club once he turns 17, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Lacey was the subject of interest from various rivals in the Premier League as well as several top European clubs.

First-team manager Erik ten Hag held one-to-one meetings with a number of United youngsters, including Lacey, in the summer. The Dutchman outlined expectations and their chances of making it into the first-team under him.

Academy players Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo have risen into the first-team at United in the last year.

Mainoo, whilst injured currently, is expected to be provided more opportunities this term. Meanwhile, Garnacho has been excelling with the squad for a while now and was recently awarded the no.17 shirt as a sign of his growing status.