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Manchester United 4 Sheffield United 1 (agg 6-3): Reds emulate Busby Babes with FA Youth Cup win

24 May 2011 07:05:48

Manchester United 4 Sheffield United 1 (agg 6-3): Reds emulate Busby Babes with FA Youth Cup win

Share Sir Alex Ferguson was in the Old Trafford stands to witness Manchester United's 2011 juniors follow the steps first trodden by Sir Matt Busby's Babes as they won the FA Youth Cup. Two goals each from 18-year-olds Ravel Morrison and Will Keane secured a record 10th victory in the competition for United.  It seemed apt that, with Sir Bobby Charlton looking on, coach Paul McGuinness's Under 18s triumphed one dayafter Ferguson's senior team had celebrated a record 19th league title. A Joe Ironside strike 17 minutes fromtime gave John Pemberton's Sheffield United some reward, but it was Morrison who proved the difference. Class of 2011: Manchester United celebrate winning the FA Youth Cupfor the 10th time 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 outfitwill 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. Spot on: Will Keane puts a penaltyaway to make it 2-0 on the night United have been producing top youngsters for over half a century now. Indeed, it was 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 Wednesdaywill be back in court after being placed on conditional bail, charged with assault and causing criminal damage. Dangerman: Ravel Morrison (left) wreaked havoc, netting twice against the Blades 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, Morrisonrequired 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. Off the mark: Morrison (right) celebrates with Jesse Lingard (centre) and Tom Thorpe after opening the scoring 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. Ironside pulled one back but Keane responded with another to round off the scoring.  Barcelona face travel chaos: Pep warns team could fly to London on Tuesday Neville night will give me goosebumps, admits Beckham ahead of United returnSir Alex Ferguson hints at disappointment in 'showboating' youngsters ahead of FA Youth Cup finalSheffield United 2 Man United 2: Young Blades are a top draw in FA Youth CupAll the latest Manchester United news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: John Pemberton, Alex Ferguson


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