Academy

Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup final: It won’t define the players

Manchester United under-18s are facing Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford this evening in the FA Youth Cup final. It’s an award that is fondly remembered throughout the history of the club. United could become 11-time winners if all goes well at the Theatre of Dreams against Warren Joyce’s side. A record-breaking crowd will attend the …

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FA Youth Cup final preview: Man United vs Nottingham Forest

On Wednesday, Manchester United’s Under-18s will be up against Nottingham Forest in the FA Youth Cup final at Old Trafford, with over 60,000 tickets sold for the special occasion. The young team led by Travis Binnion have won five matches on their way to the final, four of which have been at the Theatre of …

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Manchester United need to improve their youth structure to help talent succeed

With the likes of the star-studded class of 92 coming straight from Manchester United‘s backyard, it brings up the question pondering on many fans’ minds: Will we ever replicate it? Not to burst any optimistic fans thoughts, but it is unlikely the grass of Carrington will ever see shades of Paul Scholes, David Beckham or …

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“It was a dream come true”: Shola Shoretire & Hannibal Mejbri reveal first-team debut thoughts

Two of the brightest prospects at Manchester United currently are Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire. The pair have risen through the ranks at United, becoming crucial members of Neil Wood’s under-23 side. They have revealed what it was like making their first-team debuts for the club. 19-year-old Hannibal is the kind of player who can …

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Ethan Laird’s Bournemouth struggles explained by Scott Parker: “The complexity of what we ask”

After an impressive start to the season at Swansea, Ethan Laird’s campaign has derailed since he joined Bournemouth in the January transfer window, Scott Parker explained the struggles that the 20-year-old has experienced with The Cherries in his latest press conference, highlighting “the complexity of what we ask”. With just 40 minutes of football since …

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James Garner’s stats show he’s ready for a role at Man United next season

James Garner‘s impressive form for Nottingham Forest shows that he could be ready for a role at Manchester United next season when he returns from loan. The English midfielder spent the second half of last season at The City Ground after consistent minutes were few and far between for the youngster at Watford, his initial …

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Three Man United youth players that should play before the end of the season

Manchester United’s 2021/22 campaign is coming to a disappointing end. Following Saturday’s defeat away to Everton, United’s top-four hopes have been reduced even more. They currently sit six points behind fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur, and whilst it is still mathematically possible to finish in a Champions League position, it is a big job to rise to …

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The reasons behind Ethan Laird‘s Bournemouth struggles

40 minutes. That’s the amount of time on the pitch that Ethan Laird has played since his loan move to Scott Parker’s Bournemouth in the January transfer window. The talented Manchester United youngster was pried away from Swansea City mid-season after impressing for Russell Martin’s side in the first half of the campaign. He started …

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Manchester United cannot waste their current crop of academy talent

The latest crop of talent from the Carrington conveyer belt have been catching the eyes of Manchester United supporters across the globe as they became the first side to reach the FA Youth Cup final since 2011 on Wednesday evening when they beat Wolves 3-0 at Old Trafford. That side did not include the likes …

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Manchester United’s midfield diamonds shine in FA Youth Cup victory

While the depth in midfield for Manchester United’s first team is a worrying problem, it is one of the biggest strengths for a youth set-up which yields talents such as Hannibal Mejbri, Isak Hansen-Aaroen, Kobbie Mainoo, Oyedele, and Dan Gore. In Wednesday night’s FA Youth Cup semi-final against Wolves, the midfield consisted of Mainoo, Gore …

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