Man Utd ‘Class of 22’ win FA Youth Cup in front of record crowd – 6 talking points

MAN UTD 3-1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST: Manchester United were crowned FA Youth Cup champions for a record 11th time by beating Nottingham Forest at a sold-out Old Trafford, with Alejandro Garnacho scoring two

Garnacho scored a late penalty

Alejandro Garnacho fired manchester united glory in it FA Youth Cup Final, how the young Red Devils won nottingham forest 3-1.

The newly crowned U-18 Player of the Year was deprived of the ball for most of the night, but prevailed by converting a controversial 75th-minute penalty to seal United’s 11th Youth Cup title. That was after Joshua Powell equalized for Forest, taking advantage of a Radek Vitek howler.

The equalizer was a response to local captain Rhys Bennett opening the scoring after just 12 minutes at a sold-out Old Trafford. Garnacho got the second from him in eight minutes of added time, with a vicious deflection that gave Aaron Bott no chance and nearly handed the ‘Class of 22’ the trophy.

The Red Devils were looking to win the Youth Cup for the first time since 2011. Paul Pogba, jesse lingard Y Ravel Morrison all outstanding in that team, which won harry maguire ‘s sheffield united 6-3. Now The exciting side of Travis Binnion they were in charge of expanding United’s rich history in the prestigious competition after a memorable campaign.

But the man who led Pogba and company to glory 11 years ago, Warren Joycehe was now on the opposite bench, looking to mastermind a victory for Forest’s rookies, having beaten nine-time winners. chelsea in the semifinals. A run of 13 games unbeaten further proved their pedigree and not a single point separates them in the league table.

Here are six talking points from Old Trafford.

1. Sold Out Crowd

Before the game started, the match had broken a record showing the appetite for youth football in Britain, or perhaps just the good football on display at Old Trafford. The Red Devils website confirmed on Wednesday morning that Old Trafford tickets were sold out after more than 67,000 tickets were sold out, including 6,000 from traveling Forest fans.

The previous record was 38,187 when United met Arsenal at the Emirates in the 2007 semi-final. Tickets were sold for just £1 with all proceeds going to the Manchester United Foundation, which works with disadvantaged children across Greater Manchester.

Nottingham Forest gathered 6,000 fans

2. Star-studded support

Not only were the fans of Manchester, Nottingham and the families of the players looking on, but there were several stars in the stands. Sir Alex Ferguson was chief among them, with Red Devils legends Bryan Robson, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Nicky Butt joining him.

Current first team players Harry Maguire, Bruno FernandesDavid de Gea, Scott McTominay, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly also offered their support, possibly looking to get some advice ahead of United’s final game of the season at crystal Palace next Sunday.

3. A captain’s goal

As both sets of players steadied themselves after a nervous start, the Red Devils drew first blood in the 13th minute through captain Rhys Bennett. It was Forest captain Jamie McDonnell, a Northern Ireland youth international, who couldn’t deal with the trickery of Norwegian star Isak Hansen-Aareen and fouled down the right flank.

Sam Murray’s left-footed free kick was greeted emphatically by the 18-year-old Bennett, whose header slipped through the hands of visiting goalkeeper Aaron Bott and into the back of the net to send Old Trafford wild.

Bennett’s header opened the scoring

4. Vitek hands Forest a leveler

Just as the Forest goalkeeper was to blame for the Red Devils’ goal, United’s Radek Vitek would make his own mistake and allow the visitors to level. Joshua Powell found space on the edge of the penalty area and fired a well-aimed, speculative shot that slipped through the Czech’s hands and curled up to make it 1-1.

Vitek was visibly distraught over his mistake that occurred on the eve of halftime, as his teammates consoled him in hopes of boosting his confidence.

Powell took advantage of Vitek’s mistake to make it 1-1

5. Successful from Garnacho

Having enjoyed a dramatic first half, the second period was less spectacular. However, everyone at Old Trafford was on their feet with joy or anger in the 75th minute when referee Josh Smith handed the Red Devils a penalty. Alejandro Garnacho, awarded the famed Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year award before the game, was tackled outside the box, but Smith still pointed to the spot.

Forest was furious at the decision and Garnacho made no mistake passing Bott down the middle. The young Argentine international, born in Madrid, partyed in front of the Stretford End and withdrew from the ‘Siu’ celebration in tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo.

The United star has already tasted first-team action this season, but the goal will undoubtedly be the highlight of his tenure as he sealed an 11th FA Youth Cup title for the club with his second goal had a big turn off.

Garnacho scored the winning goal from the penalty spot

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6. Rematch Ready

After getting to know each other well over the course of a hard-fought 90 minutes, the two teams will do it all again on Saturday. The Under-18 teams will meet at United’s Carrington training complex in three days’ time, with the Red Devils and Forest secured with 41 points in third and fourth place respectively.

The rematch is not only a change, a kind of revenge, but it is the last day of the season and could decide the future of a large number of young stars at each club.

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