Manchester United FA Youth Cup Champions 2011!

A day after Manchester United lifted the Barclay’s Premier League trophy for a record 19th time at Old Trafford the Manchester United U18’s had a 2nd leg FA Youth Cup Final match to play on the same pitch against Sheffield United in which they won 4-1 to win the cup for a record 10th time.

First half goals from Ravel Morrison and William Keane gave the young reds a 2-0 lead at halftime, the first goal came in the 37th minute when Ryan Tunnicliffe slid in a pass releasing Michael Keane who then played in a cross that eventually found Ravel Morrison who controlled the ball before calmly firing it into the net to give United a 1-0 lead. The second goal game from the spot and was scored by Will Keane after Sheffield United’s defender Terry Kennedy handled a Ravel Morrison cross which was heading towards goal in first half stoppage time, Will Keane stepped up and with relative ease slotted the ball home.

It wasn’t one way traffic in the first 45 minutes as Sheffield United caused some scares for United when Jordan Slew received an aerial pass which he controlled neatly and turned and shoot but had to watch his shot agonizingly just wide of the post.

The second half started off with a thunderous shot by Paul Pogba from a long distance out but his swerving effort was parried away by the Sheffield United goalkeeper. The young Reds’ were now starting to gain control of the match. The Reds’ went 3-0 up in the 70th minute when Ravel Morrison dribbled across the box before blasting the ball to the opposite of the keeper, it was a well struck goal by the young lad who had been causing problems with his skill all match.

With United now up 3-0 in the match and 5-2 up on aggregate it seemed the tie was all over but the Blades pulled a goal back after catching United out on a swift counter attack which ended with Jordan Slew picking out teammate Ironside who bumbled his shot pass Johnstone, it wasn’t a pretty shot but the ball did go over the line. That Ironside goal only proved to be a consolation as substitue Larnell Cole broke free then passed to Will Keane who maneuvered past two Sheffield United defenders before shooting  the ball pass the rooted Sheffield United goalkeeper to put the match to bed in the 82nd minute.

After 7  minutes of injury time after a Sheffield United defender suffered a head injury the referee blew the final whistle which confirmed that Manchester United were 10 times FA Youth Cup Champions.

United: Johnstone; M.Keane, McGinty, Thorpe, Fornasier; Lingard (Cole 78), Pogba, Tunnicliffe, Morrison (Cofie 91), van Velzen (Blackett 84); W.Keane.

Sheffield United: Long, Montogomery, Barry, Harriott, Maguire, Kennnedy, Gregory, Whitehouse, Ironside, Slew, McFadzean.

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