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Nigerian and Royal Antwerp wonderkid says Man Utd are his favourite club

Nigerian and Royal Antwerp wonderkid George Ilenikhena has revealed that Manchester United are his favourite club and he dreams of playing in the Premier League.

The 17-year-old joined the Belgian champions from Amiens last summer and he has had an impressive debut campaign, scoring nine goals from just 562 minutes.

One of his goals was the winning strike in the stunning 3-2 triumph over Barcelona in the Champions League and when asked about the experience, he told Het Laatste Nieuws:

“I used to watch a lot of matches in the Champions League, I saw how players like Cristiano Ronaldo scored goals. Now I was there myself. That first moment after my goal… I couldn’t believe it.”

While speaking about his favourite player Cristiano Ronaldo, the teenager added that United are his favourite club and also revealed his desire to play in the Premier League in the coming years.

He added: “He is the best footballer of all time. He inspires others and is also a good person off the field. I watch his videos all the time. So, it should come as no surprise that Manchester United are my favourite club, right? Cristiano played there, didn’t he? But I also really like Mbappé or Haaland.”

“Where do I want to be in five years? I hope for the Premier League. That competition really appeals to me. You never know which team will win, almost every match is exciting. It’s fun to watch. The way of playing football, the fans, the experience, the atmosphere.”

Ilenikhena has made a huge impression since his move to the Belgian top-flight. He currently averages 62 minutes per goal despite being a regular substitute under manager Mark van Bommel.

A number of scouts in Europe are currently monitoring the progress of Antwerp midfielder Arthur Vermeeren. United are one of those who could make a summer move to sign the Belgian.

Ilenikhena will be hoping that some of the attention will be diverted towards him. In our view, it seems unlikely that United will make an approach. The club could look for a more experienced striker.

Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee has been identified as a top target for the Red Devils this summer.

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