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Callum Gribbin scores stunning solo goal for Manchester United v Barcelona

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Callum Gribbin isn't a name that too many Manchester United fans will be familiar with, but the 17-year-old is regarded very highly by coaches at Old Trafford.

The Salford-born playmaker has now enhanced his burgeoning reputation by scoring a magnificent solo goal for United's Under-19 side against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Otten Cup.

Gribbin picked the ball up just outside the penalty area and slalomed his way past several Barça players before producing a composed finish into the bottom corner of the net. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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It was a goal that would have befitted a match between the United and Barcelona first teams, let alone the U19s.

Had Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Lionel Messi scored it - the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has certainly netted a few like it during his illustrious career - we'd all be talking about it for many years to come.

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Video: Gribbin's wonder goal v Barcelona

Gribbin also hit the bar in the 2-1 win over the Catalan giants, as United advanced to the final of the tournament.

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They played out a 0-0 draw with Anderlecht it the final, but it was the Belgian side who lifted the trophy thanks to a victory in the penalty shoot-out.

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As well as Gribbin, United chief Nicky Butt and coach Tommy Martin were also able to deploy the likes of Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong.

Nicky Butt told fans the academy would improve

United's academy appears to be in rude health at the moment, despite concerns that the academy was in disarray earlier this year.

“No, it is not in a mess. I judge academies on players that are coming through. We are getting even more coming through," Butt told the Manchester Evening News back in March.

“People say it is a mess from the outside because we fell behind City because of their training complex. Yes, they have a fantastic training complex, you can’t get away from that – it is amazing.

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“But ours isn’t too shabby is it? It’s not the a*** end of the world! It is a great place. It took us a while to replace Brian McClair but obviously it is a massive thing to replace someone like that. He did a great job. One or two people have left but that happens in any walk of life.

“In any business, when you have people who move away who have had a massive influence - like David Gill, like Sir Alex Ferguson, like Brian and one or two others - any business would suffer and it will set it back.

“We have been putting things in place over the last six months to try and kick it on and we won’t see the benefits for another year, another season, it might be next season, and people from outside might not see it happening. But we are putting things in place that maybe in another year or season, we are quite confident that we will be up there with the best in the world.”

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