Larnell Cole was once endorsed by Paul Scholes and now goes in search of a first team call-up by scoring in the final game of 2013.
Manchester United and Arsenal faced off in the Barclays U21 Premier League's final game of 2013, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Larnell Cole broke the deadlock in the 11th minute with a calmly struck penalty, but Arsenal snatched a point late into the second half through German youth international Thomas Eisfeld.
The game got off to a frantic start as 18-year-old Saidy Janko was brought down in the Arsenal box by the insanely promising Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem, in which the referee awarded a penalty. The confident Larnell Cole stepped up and superbly slotted away to put United 1-0 up after just 11 minutes.
After the goal, the game was heavily contested with both teams giving as good as they got. Arsenal had two key chances to get back into the game with Thomas Eisfeld and Benik Afobe both going close. Equally, United could have doubled their lead through England under-19 sensation James Wilson, who saw his shot just miss the target.
United started the second half in the better form and looked to try and see the game out. However, once Arsenal right-back Tafari Moore went on a driving run, it allowed him to set Thomas Eisfeld up perfectly and making no mistake he brought the Gunners level on the scoresheet.
Larnell Cole then took it upon himself to drive United forward, and he nearly put United back in front but saw his dangerous shot miss the target. Finally, it was Arsenal that could have won the game as a series of late corners troubled the United defence, but in the end couldn't find the winner.
At 20-years-old the promising midfielder is likely to be banging on the door for a chance in the first-team, especially now when United look like they could use a fresh input.
The fleet-footed winger is no stranger to the first-team experience, making his debut for the club in 2011, coming on as a second half substitute against Leeds United in the League Cup. The game is largely remembered for a Michael Owen brace, but the team was largely filled with youth, including the likes of Danny Welbeck, Paul Pogba and Zeki Fryers.
Could Cole follow in their footsteps and become a top-flight star?
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