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Man Utd youngster explains how Cristiano Ronaldo helps him in training

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Joe Hugill says he enjoys training alongside ‘the greatest player ever’.

Manchester United starlet Joe Hugill has spoken about Cristiano Ronaldo’s role in his development.

The teenage striker has scored 15 goals for United’s academy teams this season. With the Red Devils reaching the FA Youth Cup final, Hugill still has a chance to beat his last season’s record of 16 goals.

Speaking to MEN, the 18-year-old has singled out Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani as United players who have contributed to his development.

Asked about his experience of training with United’s first team, Hugill said: “I loved it. Being over there a few times. Learning off the greatest player ever in Ronaldo. Cavani there, too.

“They are always giving you tips on moving in the box, where you can be, where you don’t want to be. They are all helpful over there, it’s been a big step in my career.

“I scored a few goals in training games, played with Ronaldo, Sancho, Rashford. Seeing what they’re doing, how you can adapt that to your game. You want advice off great players – whether you’re asking them, that’s helpful, but they come over to you as well.”

Having made 26 first-team appearances, Anthony Elanga has had the most successful campaign among United’s academy stars this season. 

Zidane Iqbal, Alejandro Garnacho, and Charlie Savage have also made their senior debuts this season. Let’s see if Hugill can also join this group under Erik ten Hag next season.