How did Man United players get on in the FA Youth Cup final vs Forest?

With the FA Youth Cup final being the perfect way to close the season, we’ve drawn up a few sentences outlining how each of the young Reds got on…

1) Radek Vitek – The Czech made a mistake for Forest’s equaliser as the ball trickled past him. He didn’t let that ruin the rest of his game though.

He distributed well, commanded his penalty area superbly and made some smart saves. An overall positive performance!

2) Marc Jurado – Bombed up and down the right-hand side all game. Always looked to play the positive ball forward and defended excellently throughout. Worked tirelessly and fought for every ball. Impressive.

3) Sam Murray – The left-back had a quietly effective game.
Dealt with the Forest threat well. Won his fair share of headers and made some important tackles.

He tried to get forward wherever possible and linked up well with Garnacho.

4) Louis Jackson – Aged just sixteen! Stood in for Tyler Fredricson and did not look out of place in this side. Played calmly in the biggest game of his life and was always willing to receive the ball.

5) Rhys Bennett – Set the captain’s example. Won loads of headers and tackles. Scored the opener with a fantastic headed finish.

He’s a proper old school centre-half in the making who played with a maturity beyond his years.

6) Kobbie Mainoo – The Stockport-born midfielder deserves credit. He covered every blade of grass in midfield and had an impact on both sides of the ball.

His physical style of defending made it uncomfortable for the Forest midfielders. Also carried the ball forward well.

7) Sam Mather – Born in Salford and played on the right-hand side of our attack. Kept it simple but always offered himself as an outlet for the pass.

His delivery was good as was his positive intent throughout. He’s underrated.

8) Daniel Gore – The midfielder impressed me the most. He was supremely composed, always picked the right pass and showed a bit of skill, too.

An attacking midfielder who loves to unlock defences with his incisive passing and quick decision making. He looked sharp.

9) Charlie McNeill – A hardworking performance from the prolific striker. He was often double teamed, but his passing was on point, particularly when spraying it out wide.

Didn’t really get much service and only had a couple of half-chances.

10) Isak Hansen – This boy is going to be special. Worked his socks off throughout and looked like a lovely footballer with the ball at his feet.

Also wowed the Old Trafford crowd with his quick feet and skill. Was at the heart of some of our best moves.

11) Alejandro Garnacho – Undoubtedly the star of this team. Had some quiet periods, but stepped up to win us the game like any top level player.

Looked super composed throughout and every time he had the ball in a threatening position you felt like something good would happen.


Joe Hugill – Worked hard up top. Looked super quick.

Maximillian Oyedele – Got stuck in. Good with the ball at feet.

Sonny Aljofree – Got five minutes at the end.

How many of these young lads are good enough to become future first-teamers? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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