Manchester United thrash Nottingham Forest to win their FA Youth Cup!

Manchester United won The FA Youth Cup for the Eleventh time After Beating Nottingham Forest.

Manchester United’s youth team won the FA Youth Cup in front of a tournament record crowd on Wednesday, providing a ray of light at the conclusion of a difficult season.

While United’s senior players have struggled this season, finishing sixth in the Premier League, the crop of young players rising from the club’s academy could give a brighter future.

United’s Under-18 team overcame Nottingham Forest 3-1 to win the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 2011. Alejandro Garnacho was the hero.

The crowd of 67,492 at Old Trafford broke the competition’s previous attendance record of 38,187. United captain Rhys Bennett’s opener was cancelled out just before halftime when Joshua Powell’s shot beat Radek Vitek.

Travis Binnion’s team, on the other hand, remained undeterred, and Garnacho imitated Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration after scoring a penalty.

The 17-year-old sealed the trophy with a deflected stoppage-time attempt. He earned his first-team debut last month after leading United to their 11th FA Youth Cup victory.

Former United manager Alex Ferguson, ex-players Bryan Robson and Michael Carrick, and David de Gea, Harry Maguire, and Bruno Fernandes from Ralf Rangnick’s current squad were in the stands to support the youngsters.

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Last month, the 17-year-old made his first-team debut and shone in the build-up to the final, where Warren Joyce’s Forest made the hosts sweat on their route to a record 11th title.

At Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson, Bryan Robson, and Michael Carrick joined David De Gea, Harry Maguire, and Bruno Fernandes in front of almost 5,700 travelling fans for Forest’s maiden Youth Cup final.

At full-time, a banner saying ‘Class of 22’ was displayed in the Stretford End, just as it had been before kick-off.

Impressive Forest captain Jamie McDonnell powered a header after Kobbie Mainoo displayed good skill in the opening seconds before getting away a shot.

United ultimately settled and completed the first half on top, only for Powell’s optimistic strike from the edge of the box to beat Vitek all too easily right before the interval.

Both Charlie McNeill and Marc Jurado were denied by Binnion’s hosts in the second half, but Forest clawed their way back into contention.

The hosts, on the other hand, dug deep, and their newly-crowned Under-18s Player of the Year led United to victory.

Garnacho retained his calm to convert his penalty in front of the Stretford End, and his superb run was interrupted by a deflected effort in stoppage time to seal the win.

With less than 15 minutes remaining, the most heated debate erupted. Garnacho pounced on a heavy touch from Zach Abbott as Forest sought to play out from the back. Abbott tripped the talented attacker, and the penalty was granted by referee Josh Smith. Garnacho took the ball and calmly tapped it home to put his team ahead.

Forest struggled to recover and failed to produce any more chances to come back into the game, and United clinched the victory after a few substitutions each. Garnacho pounced on a tired clearing, driving into the area, cutting onto his right foot, cutting back onto his left, and seeing his deflected shot go into the net for his eighth Youth Cup goal. Stay Tuned with The Sportsway for more updates.

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