Sunderland's teenage midfielder Dan Neil compared to former Manchester United and Premier League great after standout EFL Trophy display at Lincoln City

It was a special night for Sunderland’s rising teenage star Dan Neil as he captained the Black Cats to victory over Lincoln City in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Neil sat out the clubs emphatic win over Cheltenham Town last week before coming on as a late substitute in the equally emphatic defeat on the south coast to League One rivals Portsmouth last weekend.

But the 19-year-old made no mistake in sending a clear message to head coach Lee Johnson about his credentials on Tuesday with a fine display when restored to the starting line-up scoring the opening goal with a stunning strike from distance.

And it has caused the Englishman to be likened to a former Manchester United and Premier League great by talkSPORT commentator Ian Danter, who was covering the game at the LNER Stadium.

“Dan Neil was outstanding for Sunderland at Lincoln last night live on talksSPORT2,” he tweeted.

“His performance reminded me of the first time I saw Michael Carrick running a game at Molineux for Swindon on loan some years back. Very impressive indeed and a lovely goal too.”

It’s high praise for Neil who made his League One debut for the Black Cats in March this year but was largely limited to appearances in the Papa John’s Trophy last season.

But following an impressive pre-season Johnson looks to be sold with the midfielder already featuring 13 times in all competitions this campaign.


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Dan Neil continues to impress for Sunderland after goal scoring return to starting line-up (Credit photo: Frank Reid)

And after an encouraging start to the season, the flourishing teenager is starting to grab the attention of those away from the Stadium of Light.

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