Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest LIVE FA Youth Cup final score updates as Bennett scores

Manchester United have confirmed there will be a sell-out crowd at Old Trafford for the FA Youth Cup final.

United’s U18s host Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night and the club’s youngsters will play in front of a full capacity Old Trafford as they bid to win the Youth Cup. More than 70,000 tickets have been sold for the match, including 6,000 away fans.

United are looking to win the Youth Cup for the first time since 2011. Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison featured in that side, but the club’s latest youngsters, Alejandro Garnacho, Kobbie Mainoo, Dan Gore and Charlie McNeill, are now looking to extend United’s rich history in the prestigious competition after a memorable campaign led by manager Travis Binnion.

The Reds have won the Youth Cup (10) more times than any club and they’ll be bidding to extend that record.

It has been a miserable season at United and the club’s youngsters have been the only positive.

Follow the blog below for live updates throughout from Old Trafford.

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Garnacho hits on from distance but it’s easily gathered.

He’s warming up to the task tonight.

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The fixture has come to life

This game has really come to life now. United just about deserve their lead but it hasn’t been comfortable by any means. Forest look a real threat when they get going and it would be a real surprise if there weren’t more goals in this.

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Great save from Vitek to deny Forest an immediate response.

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What a moment for Bennett

Mainoo has already danced past a few Forest players to have the first attempt on goal. Something will have gone wrong if he does not go far. His ability is exceptional.

That was a quality cross from Murray for the goal. Bennett hit the target but the ‘keeper was really flimsy and should have kept that out. A great moment for Denton-born Bennett.




The youngsters have the lead through Bennett.

Fantastic header from the captain.

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De Gea, Bailly and Hannibal are also here

It’s great to see some of the club’s senior professionals at Old Trafford.

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Gore has caught the eye

United might have some fine attacking talents but Gore has just caught the eye with his impressive defensive work. He tracks back to stop a Forest move and clear for a corner. United get away with some suspect marking though as a chance goes begging.

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Gore thwarts the danger

Gore does well to get back and defend for United.

He was brilliant in the semi-final.

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Mainoo fashions a chance with his quick feet.

Shot is tame, though.

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We’re under way at Old Trafford.

Steven Railston

‘God save our Queen’ is played at Old Trafford

The national anthem plays at Old Trafford.

Steven Railston

The teams are on the pitch

Kick-off is moments away.

Steven Railston

Jones and McTominay are here

Richard Fay

This isn’t an ordinary youth fixture

There is a family feeling to the crowd tonight but the atmosphere is now starting to really build up. The Forest fans have been in fantastic voice so far and now the home crowd are starting to respond with pockets of noise around Old Trafford. It certainly doesn’t feel like a typical youth match.

Steven Railston

10 minutes until kick-off

The atmosphere is building.

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Maguire on tonight’s match

Richard Fay

The youngsters will relish tonight’s opportunity

It might be a bumper crowd but these United players are well used to playing at Old Trafford by now. Of the five previous rounds, four of them have been played at the Theater of Dreams, while some youngsters will also have played here in the U23s. Dealing with the crowd will be difficult for both sides, though United do at least have the advantage of having played here many times before.

Steven Railston

Warren Joyce planning Youth Cup shock with Forest

The last time Manchester United contested an FA Youth Cup final, Warren Joyce was part of the staff helping to prepare a team featuring players who would go on to carve out illustrious careers in the game.

Joyce was managing United’s reserves in 2010/11 – what is effectively now the Under-23s team – and he worked with Paul McGuinness, who guided the youth side to Youth Cup glory that season, beating Sheffield United 6-3 on aggregate in the final .

Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were in that team, as were Sam Johnstone, Michael Keane, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Will Keane and Ravel Morrison. Harry Maguire started both legs for the Blades.

Read the full interview here.

Samuel Luckhurst

United’s social media is questionable

It’s a big test of United’s social media team tonight. Ajax have just kicked off at 7pm and are champions if they beat Heerenveen. United kick-off at 7.30. So would they dare celebrate an Erik ten Hag title before a potential Youth Cup? After Monday’s tweet, you wouldn’t think so.

Steven Railston

Forest defied the odds against Chelsea

Chelsea have had a monopoly on the Youth Cup over the last few years and they’re closing (9) on United’s record (10) of wins in the competition. They were expected to make the final this season but they were stunned in the semi-final last month. The London club were leading 1-0 against Nottingham Forest, who are managed by former United youth coach Warren Joyce, with just 10 minutes to go in the semi-final, however, they dramatically capitulated, conceding three goals in the closing stages. That means Forest defied the odds and progressed to the final.

Steven Railston

Nottingham Forest starting XI confirmed

Here’s how Forest starts tonight.

Samuel Luckhurst

Maguire deserves credit for being at Old Trafford

Maguire gets a lot of stick but his attendance here tonight when most of his teammates will be abroad is laudable. Some will say he should be here, as the club captain, but he clearly cares about United at this level enough to have delivered a speech to the players before the semi-final against Wolves. Of course, he will get no credit from the online crowd.

Samuel Luckhurst

United’s U18s have arrived in suits

A big thing was made of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisting on United players wearing suits to away games when he came in as caretaker. Since the 2019-20 season restarted, United’s senior squad have given tracksuits on their travels, another sign of standards slipping.

It’s good to see the players arriving at the stadium tonight in their Paul Smith suits. Presentation can never be underestimated and some of the attract in the modern workplace outside of football has to be seen to be believed.

Steven Railston

United are dressed for the occasion

Looking smart, Reds.

Richard Fay

An insight into the match programme…

The official match program features a section of ten famous players who shone in the Youth Cup as youngsters – four of them have played for United.

Wayne Rooney shone in the competition for Everton, Jadon Sancho for Man City, while David Beckham and Paul Pogba both did so wearing the famous Red of United.

Jadon Sancho pictured after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal (Image: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Richard Fay

Strong bench for United tonight

It’s a strong line up for United but there is also plenty of firepower on the bench. Joe Hugill has recently returned from injury and will be rare to get a go, while Ethan Ennis, 17, is one to watch, though he’ll get a chance next season.

Alejandro Garnacho celebrates with Joe Hugill

Samuel Luckhurst

Garnacho and Fernandez will receive their awards

Garnacho and Fernandez are set to be presented with their awards tonight. A colleague has noted Harry Maguire is already pitchside, so perhaps he is the surprising player of the year recipient.

As for the team news, it’s one change from the semi-final win over Wolves. Tyler Fredricson is injured, unfortunately, so Louis Jackson has come in.


Manchester United starting XI confirmed

Here’s how United’s U18s start tonight.

XI | Vitek, Jurado, Murray, Jackson, Bennett (C), Mainoo, Mather, Gore, McNeill, Hansen, Garnacho.

SUB | Wooster, Pye, Forson, Aljofree, Oyedele, Hugil, Ennis.

Steven Railston

Beckham’s message for the U18s


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