Part of Manchester United’s Academy since he was seven, Charlie Scott is now playing his chances with the Reserves. Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe and Charlie have been together at the club while playing for the U11’s. With both Tuanzebe and Rashford getting their chance in the first team, Charlie’s target is to reach that goal as well.
Having been sidelined by injuries that ruined the season for him, he is now heading past those times to win himself a place in the U23’s starting XI. In the 2013/14 season the English youth made five starts for the U18’s, scoring one goal and assisting twice as his debut came late during that season. When he finally thought that he had his chance to shine an injury prevented him from playing in the upcoming season, meaning that it would be harder for him to find his form back. That’s why that season he only managed to make 15 appearances that season, eight as a starter whilst the other seven times he was used as a substitute. It was however an important comeback for the side as Charlie is able to play in the heart of the defence and in the full back positions. During the 2014/2015 season he was even used as a central midfielder.
It wasn’t until last season when he finally managed to be an important of the team despite the difficulties they had to go through. He started in 22 games, made one substitute appearance scoring three goals and also assisting his teammates four times. His good performances won him a place in the U19’s team for the UEFA Youth League coming on as a substitute the two times he was part of Nicky Butt’s team playing 44 minutes overall. The English youngster didn’t score or assist but that was a valuable experience for the Stoke-born talented boy.
In the early stages of his career he was captain of his school’s football team and they are full of praise about him. At the time, it must be noted that he was used as central midfielder rather than a defender and also was described as a central midfielder with an eye for goal, managing to score some fine goals for his side. His Old Trafford connection meant a lot, making him the most important player at the team. Charlie was part of the U15’s team that finished second in Marveld in 2012.
As for his experience with the Reserves, he made his debut when coming on as a substitute in the Lancashire Senior Cup, in the same season where he finally managed to get a regular season injury-free.
His full transition in the U23’s wasn’t made possible until this season as the departures in the summer meant that a part of the players from the U18’s would now settle in the Reserves. Despite the difficulties the problems of the Reserves the four players at the back seems irreplaceable at the moment with Axel Tuanzebe in the heart of the defence combining with Poole or Williams (switching sides in the right), while Riley in the left has been one of the best players out there so far. Now with him injured, Nicky Butt has found a solution, using Mitchell in the left making it difficult for Scott to find a place in the starting XI so far. Based on stats, he has started five times and have come in as a substitute five other times.
That’s why is important to say that the player has a lot to improve if he is hoping to get more minutes in the Reserves’ team. He clearly needs to impress as others are a few steps ahead of him but he is 19 years old and in this phase there is still a lot to learn and he knows this. A talented player like Sean Goss simply can’t be left out of the team and that’s why it will be hard for Charlie to occupy his place.
He needs to know that at United, whether it’s the first team or the academy levels, the place in the squad is won by a fair competition and hard work will always be appreciated.