Manchester United have a secret weapon for their FA Youth Cup final – Tyrone Marshall

Manchester United will lift the curtain on their season at Old Trafford on Monday and it will be one of the most subdued season finales in a long time.

Not only have United had a miserable season, but their final home game comes 20 days before the end of the season. If Brentford continue their fine recent form and pick up a result, any victory lap these United players could take in front of empty stands.

It would be a fitting way to bring the curtain back on the season at home, but it won’t be the last game played at Old Trafford this season.

READ MORE: United set to record FA Youth Cup attendance at Old Trafford

On holiday Monday, 75,000 fans will wearily take their seats, once again fearing the worst. But on Wednesday, May 11, the atmosphere will be very different.

It’s the night of United’s first FA Youth Cup final in 11 years and already the number of tickets sold guarantees it will be the highest attendance ever for a match in this competition.

In fact, ask United fans which of the club’s remaining games this season they’re most looking forward to and this final against Nottingham Forest will likely top the list.

While the first team have hit new lows almost every week this season, Travis Binnion’s Under-18s have been thrilled en route to the final, which is now played over one leg.

Over 38,000 tickets have already been sold and with just £1 and a week and a half worth of tickets until it takes place, that total could climb further towards 50,000.

These United youngsters have had the experience of Old Trafford this season, with four of their five games in the previous rounds being played at home. Those four games were won by a combined score of 13-4, but they were also played in front of crowds of a few thousand.

It will be a totally different experience one week on Wednesday, in terms of atmosphere, expectations and just how it feels to play in front of such a big crowd.

But the first team game with Brentford on Monday could be a chance to help those teenagers. Show star Alejandro Garnacho, 17, has trained with the first team a few times recently and came on for added time against Chelsea on Thursday.

Bees represent an easier task, however, and Garnacho should get more action on Monday. This experience in front of a large crowd will help him come on May 11.

Garnacho may be the only player with that kind of experience, but given that the season is over for Ralf Rangnick’s side, it might be a good idea to include one or two more Under-18s in the squad. of the day on Monday, like center forward Charlie. McNeil or one of the midfielders, Daniel Gore or Kobbie Mainoo.

Even just being able to experience Old Trafford in front of a large crowd, from the bench or just behind the bench, could be an advantage in the final.

Sign up to our United newsletter to never miss an update from Old Trafford this season.

Leave a Comment