Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest LIVE FA Youth Cup final score updates as Bennett scores

Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest LIVE FA Youth Cup final score updates as Bennett scores

Manchester United have confirmed there will be a sold-out crowd at Old Trafford for the FA Youth Cup final.

United’s U18s host Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night and the club’s youngsters will play in front of a full capacity Old Trafford as they bid to lift the Youth Cup. Over 70,000 tickets were sold for the game, including 6,000 away supporters.

United are looking to win the Youth Cup for the first time since 2011. Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison featured in that squad, but the club’s latest youngsters Alejandro Garnacho, Kobbie Mainoo, Dan Gore and Charlie McNeill are now looking to extend United’s rich history in the prestigious competition after a memorable campaign led by manager Travis Binnion.

The Reds have won the Youth Cup (10) more times than any club and they will be looking to extend that record.

It’s been a miserable season at United and the club’s youngsters have been the only bright spot.

Follow the blog below for live updates from Old Trafford.

16′ – MUN 1-0 NORichard Fay

The light came to life

This game has really come to life now. United pretty much deserve their lead, but it hasn’t been comfortable by any means. Forest look like a real threat when they start and it would be a real surprise if there weren’t more goals in there.

14′ – MUN 1-0 NOSteven Railston


Big save from Vitek to deny Forest an immediate response.

13′ – MUN 1-0 NOSamuel Luckhurst

What a moment for Bennett

Mainoo has already danced past a few Forest players to have the first goal attempt. Something will have gone wrong if he doesn’t go far. His ability is exceptional.

It was a quality cross from Murray for the goal. Bennett hit the target but the keeper was really fragile and should have prevented it. A big moment for Denton-born Bennett.




The youngsters have the advantage thanks to Bennett.

Fantastic captain’s head.

7′ – MUN 0-0 NOSteven Railston

De Gea, Bailly and Hannibal are also there

It’s great to see some of the club’s senior professionals at Old Trafford.

5′ – MUN 0-0 NORichard Fay

Gore caught the eye

United may have some fine attacking skills, but Gore has just caught the eye with his impressive defensive work. He comes back to stop a move from the forest and clear a corner. United walk away with a suspicious mark as a chance presents itself.

3′ – MUN 0-0 NOSteven Railston

Gore thwarts danger

Gore is doing well to come back and defend for United.

He was brilliant in the semi-finals.

1′ – MUN 0-0 NOSteven Railston


Mainoo tries his luck with his quick feet.

The shooting is tame, however.

1′ – MUN 0-0 NOSteven Railston


We are on our way to Old Trafford.

Steven Railston

‘God save our Queen’ is played at Old Trafford

The national anthem plays at Old Trafford.

Steven Railston

The teams are on the field

Kick-off is in a few moments.

Steven Railston

Jones and McTominay are there

Richard Fay

This is no ordinary game for young people

There’s a family feeling in the crowd tonight, but the mood is now starting to really pick up. Forest fans have been fantastically vocal so far and now the home crowd are starting to react with pockets of noise around Old Trafford. It certainly doesn’t look like a typical youth game.

Steven Railston

10 minutes before kick-off

The mood rises.

Steven Railston

Maguire on tonight’s game

Richard Fay

Young people will relish the opportunity tonight

It may be an exceptional crowd, but these United players are now used to playing at Old Trafford. Of the five previous rounds, four of them have been played at the Théâtre des Rêves, while some youngsters will also have played here at the U23s. Dealing with the crowds will be difficult for both teams, although United at least have the advantage of having played here several times before.

Steven Railston

Warren Joyce prepares for Youth Cup clash with Forest

When Manchester United last played in an FA Youth Cup final, Warren Joyce was among the staff helping to groom a squad of players who would go on to carve out illustrious careers in the game.

Joyce managed United’s reserves in 2010/11 – what is effectively now the Under-23 side – and he worked with Paul McGuinness, who guided the youth team to European Cup glory. youth that season, beating Sheffield United 6-3 on aggregate in the final. .

Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were part of this team, as were Sam Johnstone, Michael Keane, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Will Keane and Ravel Morrison. Harry Maguire started both legs for the Blades.

Read the full interview here.

Samuel Luckhurst

United’s social media is questionable

It’s a big test for United’s social media team tonight. Ajax have just kicked off at 7 p.m. and are champions if they beat Heerenveen. United kick off at 7.30am. So would they dare to celebrate an Erik ten Hag title before a potential Youth Cup? After Monday’s tweet, you wouldn’t think so.

Steven Railston

Forest defied all odds against Chelsea

Chelsea have had a monopoly of the Youth Cup for the past few years and they are closing in (9) on United’s record (10) of wins in the competition. They were expected to advance to the final this season but were stunned in the semi-finals last month. The London club were leading 1-0 against Nottingham Forest, managed by former United youth manager Warren Joyce, with just 10 minutes to go in the semi-final, but they capitulated in spectacular fashion, conceding three goals in the final stages. It means Forest defied the odds and progressed to the final.

Steven Railston

Nottingham Forest starting XI confirmed

Here’s how Forest start tonight.

Samuel Luckhurst

Maguire deserves credit for being at Old Trafford

Maguire gets a lot of stick but his presence here tonight when most of his teammates will be away is commendable. Some would say he should be here, as club captain, but he clearly cares enough about United at this level to have given a speech to the players ahead of the semi-final against Wolves. Of course, he won’t get any credit from the online crowd.

Samuel Luckhurst

United’s U18s have arrived in costume

A big thing was made of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisting United players wear suits for away games when he came on as goalkeeper. Since the restart of the 2019-20 season, United’s senior squad have donned tracksuits on their travels in another sign of falling standards.

Good to see the players arrive at the stadium tonight in their Paul Smith suits. Presentation can never be underestimated and some of the attire in the modern workplace outside of football has to be seen to be believed.

Steven Railston

United dresses for the occasion

You look smart, Reds.

Richard Fay

An overview of the match program…

The official match program includes a section of ten famous players who shone in the Youth Cup as youngsters – four of them played for United.

Wayne Rooney shone in the competition for Everton, Jadon Sancho for Man City, while David Beckham and Paul Pogba both did so wearing the famous Red of United.

Jadon Sancho pictured after Manchester United’s loss to Arsenal (Photo: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Richard Fay

Solid bench for United tonight

They’re a solid team for United, but there’s plenty of firepower on the bench too. Joe Hugill has recently returned from injury and will be keen to try his luck, while 17-year-old Ethan Ennis is one to watch, although he will have a chance next season.

Alejandro Garnacho celebrates with Joe Hugill

Samuel Luckhurst

Garnacho and Fernandez will receive their awards

Garnacho and Fernandez are expected to receive their awards tonight. A colleague noted that Harry Maguire was already pitchside, so perhaps he is the surprising recipient of Player of the Year.

As for the team news, it’s a change from the semi-final win over Wolves. Tyler Fredricson is injured, unfortunately, so Louis Jackson came in.


Manchester United starting XI confirmed

Here’s how United’s U18s start tonight.

XI | Vitek, Jurado, Murray, Jackson, Bennett (C), Mainoo, Mather, Gore, McNeill, Hansen, Garnacho.

SUBSCRIPTIONS | Wooster, Pye, Forson, Aljofree, Oyedele, Hugil, Ennis.

Steven Railston

Beckham’s message for the U18s

Steven Railston

Team news is just moments away

We’ll have it at 6:30 p.m.


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