United youngsters win cup

Manchester United became the first club to win the FA Youth Cup

on 10 occasions after defeating Sheffield United 4-1 (6-3) on

aggregate.

Ravel Morrison and Will Keane each scored a brace to see off the

Blades, who reached the end of the road after an outstanding

campaign.

Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands to witness the triumph and

must now decide the next career move of a group who look destined

for much bigger things.

It might have been a season of unremitting gloom for the Blades

at first-team level but their youth team squad have been

exceptional.

The key for the South Yorkshire outfit will be keeping hold of

them, which in the case of Jordan Slew in particular may prove to

be difficult.

Slew has already made eight first-team appearances and has a

couple of England Under-19 caps to his name, a number that seems

certain to rise.

The Sheffield-born youngster went close on a couple of occasions

before the break, including a dipping, curling shot that had Sam

Johnstone scrambling across his goal to watch it to safety.

United have been producing top youngsters for over half a

century now.

Indeed, it was Sir Matt Busby’s Babes that won the Youth Cup

five years on the trot from 1953.

Of the current crop, the ones tipped for great things are French

import Paul Pogba, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Morrison and Keane.

Morrison has been claimed by some to be United’s most talented

junior since Paul Scholes.

Unfortunately, he is not without problems off the field and on

Wednesday will be back in court after being placed on conditional

bail, charged with assault and causing criminal damage.

On the pitch, he has so much to offer and his first-half goal

was outstanding for its simplicity.

After Keane screwed twin brother Michael’s cross into his path,

Morrison required one touch to control before burying a clinical

shot into the bottom corner.

Pegged back twice in last week’s first leg, United were in no

mood to release their grip tonight.

And after Terry Kennedy had handled a Will Keane header, the

rangy striker strode up to send George Long the wrong way.

In a second half that saw the unfortunate departure of the

Blades’ Harry Maguire on a stretcher, Morrison was first to double

his tally.

This time, it was sublime in a more orthodox manner as he strode

to the edge of the area, crabbed his way across the box, then cut a

fantastic shot low into the far corner.

Joe Ironside pulled one back but Keane responded with another to

round off the scoring.