Manchester United U21s coach Warren Joyce has praised Regan Poole following the youngster’s first goal for the club.
Poole scored as Man United’s U21 side beat Oldham in the Manchester Senior Cup on Monday.
The 17-year-old has had to wait to line up in United colours as international clearance held up his availability following a summer move from Newport County. Joyce praised Poole for putting in “extra work” in the gym.
“It was quite a good finish really. He kept his composure and slotted in. He kept it down and smoothed it into the net. I thought it was two yards over the line and a long way into the back of the net. I don’t think there was any doubt over it,” Joyce said.
“He’s adapted well. Obviously, he had to be patient with the international clearance as it took a long time to get through so he had to put a lot of extra work in to keep his fitness levels the same as the other lads. He’s done that and is getting his reward by playing a few games and to get a little taste of the first team is great for him.”
Poole was withdrawn from the Wales U19 squad this week, meaning he will likely be part of the United squad which faces Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday.
Louis van Gaal has shown over the course of this campaign that he is not afraid to throw youngsters in at the deep end, with the likes of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Marcus Rashford and Guillermo Varela all getting regular opportunities. If Poole continues to work hard, there is no reason why he can’t do the same.