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Youth Cup Preview: The big stage awaits as U18s take on Chelsea

Posted by nickogs20 on November 27, 2008

ChelseaThe biggest night so far in the careers of most of this current crop of United academy starlets beckons as they meet Chelsea at Old Trafford this evening with a place in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup at stake.

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Youth Cup: A Chelsea Perspective

Posted by nickogs20 on November 27, 2008

ChelseaChelsea return to the FA Youth Cup with a vigour and desire to go one better than they did last year, where they finished runners-up to Manchester City. Their campaign ended in the City of Manchester Stadium, and it may therefore be fitting that their attempt to win the trophy this year begins across town at Old Trafford.

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Next stop Carrington for the Railwaymen as United U18s look to stay on the right track

Posted by nickogs20 on October 3, 2008

Crewe AlexandraPaul McGuinness’ Academy side will be doing their utmost to ensure a superb start to the season doesn’t hit the buffers tomorrow when they entertain Crewe Alexandra at Carrington.

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U18s set for Stoke clash

Posted by nickogs20 on September 26, 2008

United’s Academy side will make the short journey to Stoke tomorrow morning looking to preserve their unbeaten record in 08/09.

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U18s ready for Rams visit

Posted by nickogs20 on September 19, 2008

United’s Academy side will be looking to continue their impressive start to the season when they welcome their Derby County peers to Carrington tomorrow.

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U18s look to go one better than city rivals

Posted by nickogs20 on September 12, 2008

After an enforced week off courtesy of the English weather, United’s U18s resume their league campaign tomorrow morning against a Huddersfield Town side who picked up an extremely creditable draw last weekend against reigning FA Youth Cup champions and FAPAL Group C winners Manchester City.

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U18’s set for Canaries clash at Carrington

Posted by nickogs20 on August 29, 2008

United’s Academy side entertain their Norwich City counterparts at Carrington tomorrow morning in their first home game of the new season.

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Academy season gets underway with a trip to East London

Posted by nickogs20 on August 22, 2008

The pre-season preparations are over and it’s time for Under-18 sides across the country to get down to business as the 2008/09 FA Premier Academy League season kicks off tomorrow, with the Reds facing a tricky trip to the capital on opening day.

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Academy Preview – Reds finish off with trip to Tyneside

Posted by nickogs20 on April 11, 2008

The u18’s travel to the north east tomorrow morning for their season-closer against Newcastle with third place in Premier Academy League Group C firmly in their sights. League position is far from the be all and end all at this level (at least as far as MUFC are concerned), but a strong top three finish will be some consolation for the young Reds after the disappointment of an early youth cup exit. A win at the Magpies’ Little Benton training ground will be enough to secure United third place behind City and Everton – a draw will also do the trick, providing Crewe’s youngsters don’t win by an eight-goal margin of course. You never know at this level…

Newcastle have had a disappointing PAL season, with 15 defeats in their 27 fixtures so far leaving them languishing near the bottom of Group D. A number of their starting lineup tomorrow have recent experience of playing United, having been involved in the recent reserve double-header between the two teams. Midfielder Jonny Godsmark gave the Geordies the lead at the Marstons Arena a couple of weeks back before United stormed back to win 3-1, while winger Kazenga LuaLua (younger brother of former Newcastle and Pompey forward Lomana) and Dutch forward Frank Wiafe Danquah also featured that night in Northwich. Newcastle will have England U17 international Ryan Donaldson leading an attack that promises to be full of pace.

The United line-up is hard to predict, with Paul McGuinness likely to be torn between fielding the strongest possible eleven and experimenting a little to give some fringe players much needed gametime. Barring over-age appearances next season, Ben Amos, Corry Evans, Danny Drinkwater, James Derbyshire, Anton Bryan, Daniel Gabraith and Magnus Eikrem will all be playing in their final PAL fixture if selected (Conor McCormack has apparently already left the club) and in some cases may even be pulling on the red shirt for the last time.

Live coverage is on MUTV from 11.55am tomorrow morning, with the game kicking off at noon.

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