United youngsters win cup

BY foxsports • May 24, 2011

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.


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