VIDEO: United starlet scores stunning free-kick in U21 win - Replace Cleverley?

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Davide Petrucci produced a MOTM performance against Leicester City at the Ricoh Arena, scoring a stunning free-kick in the process.

Warren Joyce's 100th domestic match in charge of Manchester United's youth team was one to remember, as experienced figures like Petrucci, Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard combined well to see off a valiant Leicester City effort.

It was 22-year-old Italian Davide Petrucci that proved to be the difference for the Reds, producing a high energy performance and scoring the eventual winner in the process.

The young talent initially loaned to Belgian side Royal Antwerp at the start of the season on a season-long loan but was recalled last month, leaving him back in the Manchester United development side.

A video of the Italian's highlights was uploaded on to YouTube, showing off his vision for a pass, composure on the ball and ability to drive at the opposition defence. 

The free-kick in particular seems to have captivated viewers after hitting a dipping shot from a short run up, leaving the Leicester City goalkeeper no chance. However, it would have been the overall application of the 22-year-old that would have caught the attention of David Moyes, as he could look to freshen the squad up after an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Stoke City. 

Supporters commenting on the video were clearly in favour of the young star replacing Tom Cleverley in the next match, with many voicing their opinion on the matter.

'Don't know what Moyes is doing but this lad is better than Tom Cleverley who he seems to start every other match'

'Bring him into the first team and get rid of Cleverley'

'Better than all the CM's we have in the first team, U21's isn't a challenge for him. He needs to step up' 

Clearly frustrated by the United first team, it's not unusual for supporters to feel incensed and ask for drastic changes, however, there is a huge gulf between the Premier League and Leicester City's second string side. 

It could be that Moyes does opt to bring him into the first team picture, but I imagine he will be eased in gently rather than being thrown in at the deep end. 

image: © joncandy

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