Manchester United coach raves about Tahith Chong

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Manchester United wonderkid scored in their FA Youth Cup defeat.

Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong scored a spectacular goal against Southampton in the FA Youth Cup.

The victory was not enough for United progress to the fourth round of the competition, with the Saints stunning the hosts by scoring twice in the final eight minutes to record a 2-1 win.

Chong had come off the bench to score midway through the second half, showing why United moved in the summer to sign him from Feyenoord.

Chong is easily distinguishable by his sizeable hair, and was thrilled to get on the scoresheet in the fixture.

His goal was well timed as it backed up comments from United under-18 coach Kieran McKenna ahead of the match which talked up the Dutch teenager's progress.

Quoted by the Manchester Evening News, McKenna said the coaching staff at Old Trafford are excited about what Chong has shown so far.

He said: "Tahith has hit the ground running in his time here and I think he's just a fantastic professional. He has the right attitude to training and looks after himself really well off the pitch.

"He's really personable and good with the staff and players, which has helped him to settle in quickly. On the pitch, everyone has been excited by his performances; he's an eye-catching player.

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He added: "We'll just keep pushing him to add to that with an end product so he can add goals and assists, as he has been doing, and can have a bright future in the game."

Chong's goal last night was an example of him meeting his coach's demands, and it is just a shame for United that he and his young teammates denied themselves a chance to be tested further in the FA Youth Cup due to the 2-1 loss.

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