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Manchester United U-18 claim their 11th Youth Cup title under record crowd

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Manchester United have been crowned the 2022 FA Youth Cup champions after a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

Alejandro Garnacho led his team to the promised land, delivering two late goals in the final 13 minutes. Rhys Bennett set the pace with an early goal to give the young devils a confidence boost in front of the record-breaking 67492 fans.

Nottingham Forest were not fazed by the early goal as Justin Hank’s header just misses the crossbar for the potential equaliser.

Isak Hansen had the midfield under control, showed great energy and quality fundamentals with the ball keeping it simple and effective. The Norwegian who has been with Manchester United since 2020 had the urge to drive the ball forward causing havoc for the Nottingham Forest defenders.

Kobbie Mainoo was an active contributor throughout the game setting up Garnacho right on the money, only to just curl just wide of the target.

Radek Vitek’s howler caused a Joshua Powell equaliser just before the half to go 1-1 at the break.

The second half kicked off with pace from Dale Taylor in the box assiting Kyle McAdam with opportunity to be denied by Vitek’s top shot stopping skills. Moments later United won a free kick applying more pressure to the visitors.

Esapa Osong came with a scoring opportunity but was also denied by Vitek. He also put a stop to another Forest cross who were full steam ahead in the second half.

Manchester United’s head coach Travis Binnion made a double substitution with Maximillian Oyedele coming on for Isak Hansen and Joe Hugill replacing Charile McNeill.

The opportunity for Manchester United to take the lead came with the controversial penalty awarded from Zach Abbott’s tackle which the video later showed being outside the box. Garnacho stepped up with confidence and delivered from 12 yards away celebrating with Ronaldo inspired suiii.

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The 17-year-old Argentian wasn’t finished with the scoring. His second goal came from breezing down the left wing to then slowing down to show off some footwork before finishing with the left to seal the win.

May 11, 2022
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Date Time League Season Match Day
May 11, 2022 7:30 pm FA Youth Cup Final 2021/2022 Final


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Manchester United U18123Win
Nottingham Forest U18101Loss

Manchester United U18

1Radek Vitek Goalkeeper
2Marc Jurado Gómez Defender
3Sam Murray Defender
4Louis Jackson Defender
5Rhys Bennett Defender
6Kobbie Mainoo Midfielder
7Samuel Mather 15 Midfielder
8Daniel Gore Midfielder
9Charlie McNeill 17 Forward
10Isak Hansen-Aaröen 16 Midfielder
11Alejandro Garnacho Defender
12Logan Pye Defender
13Tom Wooster Goalkeeper
14Omari Forson Midfielder
15Sonny Aljofree 7 Defender
16Maximilano Oyedele 10 Midfielder
17Joe Hugill 9 Midfielder
18Ethan Ennis Midfielder

Nottingham Forest U18

1Aaron Bott Goalkeeper
2Zach Abbott Midfielder
3Kyle McAdam Midfielder
4Ben Hammond Defender
5Pharrell Johnson Defender
6Justin Hanks Defender
7Josh Powell Midfielder
8Jamie McDonnell 19 Midfielder
9Detlef Esapa Osong Forward
10Dale Taylor Forward
11Sam Collins 16 Midfielder
12Alex Akers Goalkeeper
14Jack Perkins Midfielder
15Jack Thompson Defender
16Ben Perry 11 Midfielder
17Jack Nadin Midfielder
18Joe Gardner Midfielder
19Aaron Jay Korpal 8 Forward

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