Manchester United have sold more than 48,000 tickets for Wednesday’s FA Youth Cup final against Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils will be hoping to get the better of the City Ground side, who are managed by former Reds coach Warren Joyce, and win the prestigious competition for a record eleventh time.
United haven’t won the competition since 2011 when Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were part of the side that beat Harry Maguire’s Sheffield United.
With a record crowd expected at the Theatre of Dreams, Travis Binnion’s side will be hoping that the bumper home support can fire them to glory.
The highest attendance for a Youth Cup game was recorded in March 2007, when the Emirates Stadium saw 38,137 supporters watch Arsenal take on United in the first leg of that year’s semi-final.
With the 2022 final drawing ever closer we took a look at United’s likely starting line-up ahead of the clash against the East Midlands side…
The Czech Republic youngster has played every minute of United’s FA Youth Cup run and has made 25 appearances for the Manchester United Academy sides this season.
The former Olomouc youngster has made three appearances for Neil Wood’s Under-23s side this season and his goalkeeping style has drawn comparisons to Peter Schmeichel and Oliver Kahn.
The former Barcelona youngster is in his second season in Manchester and the Spaniard has already trained with the first team.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the right-back position at first-team level, Jurado will be hoping to impress Erik ten Hag, who has no issue placing his trust in young players, when the Dutchman arrives at the club.
The 17-year-old centre-back has also been ever present during United’s run to the season showpiece.
In his first season at Under-18 level, Fredricson has made 18 appearances this season, including a UEFA Youth League debut.
After missing the first two rounds of the competition, Bennett has captained Binnion’s side in the last three rounds.
The towering ball-playing centre-back has also featured for the Under-23s side this season and scored his first goal for the Academy with a clinical finish in the UEFA Youth League last-16 clash against Borussia Dortmund, which the young Reds lost on penalties.
The left-back joined United from Huddersfield Town in September 2017 and he has started four of United’s five FA Youth Cup games this season.
The 17-year-old has made 26 appearances this season and he’ll likely make his Premier League 2 debut next season with Alvaro Fernandez knocking on the first team door.
It’s been an impressive season for the England Under-18 international and in the last month, Gore has trained with the first team and made his Under-23s debut.
After starting the first two FA Youth Cup games on the bench, Gore has started the last three and will fancy his chances of being in the starting line-up for the final.
From 16 under-18 games this season, the talented midfielder has one goal and five assists to his name.
The talented all-action midfielder looks destined to play for Manchester United’s first team and he could be one of the many youngsters who benefit from Ten Hag’s arrival.
Technically gifted, strong in the tackle and possessing mazy dribbling skills, Mainoo has a wonderful array of attributes that could see him make a real name for himself at Old Trafford.
The Stockport-born man has already made a name for himself on the international stage as well.
The England Under-18s attacking midfielder has been directly involved in 21 goals for the Manchester United Academy sides this season.
Mather has started all five of the Youth Cup games and has three goals and two assists in this year’s competition.
Back in October, the 17-year-old scored a wondergoal against Netherlands in an international friendly.
The Norwegian prodigy signed for Manchester United from Tromso in September 2020.
The majority of the midfielder’s appearances this season have come for United’s Under-23s side, but it was Aaroen’s assist which enabled Charlie McNeil to break the deadlock in the FA Youth Cup semi-final against Wolves.
Aaroen, who also trained with the first team, was compared to Lionel Messi following his influential performance against the Molineux youngsters.
What a season the former Atletico Madrid youngster is having which was rounded off with him making his Premier League debut against Chelsea.
The 17-year-old was called-up to the senior Argentina team during the March international break and Garnacho had the opportunity to train alongside Messi.
Garnacho, who has five goals and three assists in the FA Youth Cup, has also been able to learn and watch Cristiano Ronaldo from close quarters.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the man of the moment make the difference in the clash against Forest.
After scoring 600 goals in youth football, there was always going to be a lot of noise and excitement surrounding McNeill’s signing at United.
In 56 games for United, the whizkid has 42 goals and 13 assists to his name and it’s no wonder that McNeill is the FA Youth Cup’s joint top scorer this season alongside Garnacho (5).
Garnacho and McNeill are a classy double act and the pair will be hoping to someday spearhead United’s forward line at first team level.