Gary Neville congratulates Manchester United youngsters after reaching Youth Cup final

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has congratulated the club’s youngsters for reaching the FA Youth Cup final.

Travis Binnion’s side will face Nottingham Forest or Chelsea in the final after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 at Old Trafford last night.

Two goals from Charlie McNeil and a strike from Alejandro Garnacho booked the Reds place in the season showpiece which will take place at the Theatre of Dreams.

Victories over Scunthorpe United, Reading, Everton, Leicester City and Wolves mean the under-18s side have become the first Red Devils team to reach the final since 2011.

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United are the most successful club in FA Youth Cup history, lifting the prestigious trophy aloft on 10 different occasions.

In our last success which came 11 years ago both Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were part of the United side that ousted Harry Maguire’s Sheffield United.

With all the doom and gloom surrounding the senior side, the success of our youngsters is a welcome distraction from the growing issues engulfed in our first team.

Neil Wood’s under-19s side were unlucky to crash out of the UEFA Youth League last week against Borussia Dortmund.

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Five of Binnion’s starting line-up last night started the penalty shootout heartache against the Germans.

There was no hangover from their cup disappointment and it’s testament to their character that they bounced back in such devastating fashion.

Garnacho celebrated his surprise call-up to the senior Argentinian national team in style and McNeil’s burgeoning reputation continues to elevate.

The talented pair have a great understanding of one and other and it might not be too long before they’re knocking on the first team door and ready to grasp their chance in the same way Anthony Elanga did.

The club’s former full-back Gary Neville congratulated Binnion’s team for their achievement on Twitter and reaffirmed that the success of United’s youth system is instilled in our DNA.

Former Reds goalkeeper Alex Stepney also took to social media to congratulate the youngsters.

  1. Manchester United 4-2 Scunthorpe (Mather, Garnacho, Oyedele, McNeill)
  2. Reading 1-3 Manchester United (Mainoo, Mather, McNeill)
  3. Manchester United 4-1 Everton (McNeill, Mainoo, Mather, Garnacho)
  4. Manchester United 2-1 Leicester (Garnacho x 2)
  5. Manchester United 3-0 Wolves (McNeill x 2, Garnacho)
  6. Manchester United 2-1 Nottingham Forest (Bennett, Garnacho x 2)
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