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SAF hails title-winning Reserves as national playoff date is set

Posted by nickogs20 on April 22, 2010

Sir Alex Ferguson has taken time out from overseeing the first teams’ Premier League pursuit to offer congratulations to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Warren Joyce and the reserve team squad for the successful resolution of their own title challenge.

Speaking after Liverpool’s defeat against Everton on Tuesday night mathematically confirmed United as champions of the Barclays Premier Reserve League North, the Reds manager has paid tribute to Solskjaer and Joyce for their success in what he recognises as an extremely tough role. A delighted Sir Alex spoke to manutd.com:


“I’d like to say congratulations to Ole and Warren. They’ve done a great job. Whenever we’ve appointed a new Reserve team coach, I’ve always explained to them what a difficult job it is because it’s subject to what I need. I may pull out three or four players from a training session or I might say, ‘these players can’t play for you on Thursday because they’re on standby for me on Saturday’. So it’s a difficult job.”

Sir Alex was also quick to praise a number of the young players who have formed the core of the title-winning reserve side this season:

“Some of the players have done very well. For example, in the 1-0 win against Liverpool, the back four (Scott Wootton, Ritchie de Laet, Oliver Gill and Joe Dudgeon) were absolutely brilliant, they really did well. One or two younger players are developing quite well.

Gabriel Obertan scored an unbelievable goal. Oliver Norwood and Corry Evans do really well and have a good attitude towards the game. That’s an important thing and Ole and Warren have maintained that attitude right through the team.”

Meanwhile, the national playoff between United and Aston Villa – champions of the Premier Reserve League South – has been scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday May 3rd. Villa will provide a stern challenge for Solskjaer’s side, their quality and consistency shown by this being their third straight southern section title, but the Reds will have the advantage of playing on home turf, as the match will be held at Old Trafford. Kick-off is at 3pm BST and the standard admission price (payable at the OT turnstiles) is £5, but Under-16s, Over-65s, Season Ticket holders and One United members can all get in for free. We’ll have a detailed preview up nearer to the date of the game.

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