Manchester United’s under-18s fell to defeat to Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup at the weekend.
United dominated most of the game but could not find a way past a resolute Liverpool defence and lost the match 1-0.
It was frustrating because United’s under-18s beat Liverpool twice in the league, a division the team sit top of currently.
This group of United players were good enough to go on and win the Youth Cup, but for this year, the dream is over.
No player took it quite as hard as captain Martin Svidersky.
The Slovakian youngster sat alone on the centre circle after the game, reflecting on the lostt.
He sent a message out on Instagram following the defeat, expressing his emotions, saying he was ‘gutted’ by the loss.
Svidersky has overcome hardship in his young career already, bouncing back from an ACL injury suffered at 16.
This was his last attempt to win the FA Youth Cup, because next year he will not be eligible for the competition.
United will have plenty of young talent who will be eligible to feature, including Isak Hansen Aaroen, Daniel Gore, and Charlie McNeill, who all impressed in the third round win over Salford.
Coach Neil Ryan brought down a number of eligible under-23s into the line up against Liverpool including Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire. Neither could make the difference, with Shoretire over elaborating on an injury time chance from close range.
Svidersky’s message shows how much he cares, and that’s good to see. He could still end the season with a medal if United’s under-18 side go on to win the league.
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