Manchester City academy star Cole Palmer continues to dazzle for the Under-23s, putting in a superb display to put rivals Manchester United to the sword on Friday night.
Enzo Maresca’s charges ran out 3-0 winners over the Red Devils at the Academy Stadium, with Palmer netting a brace and Sam Edozie also getting on the scoresheet.
The win now means City can be crowned Premier League 2 champions on Monday evening, if both Tottenham and Blackburn fail to win their upcoming games.
City dominated from the off and were rewarded with a 15th-minute opener, Romeo Lavia making a great interception and squaring the ball for Edozie to tap into the empty net from close range.
Leading 1-0 at the break despite having numerous chances, the hosts finally doubled their lead, courtesy of a stunning 25-yard striker from Palmer which sailed into the top corner.
The Wythenshawe ace then made it three when Tommy Doyle pulled the ball back for his teammate to curl an effort into the bottom corner to cap off a stunning derby victory.
Palmer is now on 11 goals from just 13 Premier League 2 games, and plenty of City fans are eager to see him given an opportunity in the first team.
Here’s what some fans were saying about the 18-year-old prodigy on social media:
Cole Palmer as our mahrez replacement.
— Jack🇧🇼 (@jxck_mcfc) April 16, 2021
So Cole Palmer was his usual self yesterday too. The kid is too dam special not to play for Pep. Wish we could see him involved more.
— Pradip Raj Baral (@NepaliManc) April 17, 2021
Cole Palmer is very good at football.
— sᴏᴜғ 🇨🇦🇮🇷🇮🇹 (@GoatedVision) April 16, 2021
Cole Palmer to make a few appearances before the end of the season? Impressive young player, looks effortless the way he plays #MCFC
— Jordan Wilson (@JordanW91) April 16, 2021
3-0 and a Cole Palmer masterclass. Not really much more you can ask for 🤩
— Ben 🍋🇧🇼 (@benmcfc03) April 16, 2021
Cole Palmer will definitely make it at City. Perfect understudy for Mahrez
— Steve Arnott (@LaPiochey) April 16, 2021
Cole Palmer is gonna be another unbelievable talent for City! #mcfc
— Si Harrison (@1siharrison) April 16, 2021
If there is anyone I want from the academy to be promoted to the first team it’s Cole Palmer what a player.
Doyle and Delap are shouts. They are all so talented!!!
— Kaya (@kaya_mcfc) April 16, 2021
Btw Palmer will be world class. His game is just full of confidence and skill
— 𝙽𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝙼𝙲𝙵𝙲 🇦🇷🇧🇷 🦈 (@NickMCFC1894) April 16, 2021