In Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season it was a fitting tribute that Manchester United’s u21 side were named the inaugural u21 champions.
With the reserve system scrapped, the u21 system came into play complete with a new trophy and with the final taking place at Old Trafford last night, United had the chance to make history and become the competition’s first winners.
Things didn’t start well for the team though and having hit the woodwork twice, Spurs took the lead on the half hour when Jonathan Okbika grabbed his fifth goal against United this season. Things got worse just before half time as Spurs doubled their lead when the brilliant Alex Pritchard found the bottom corner from long distance after Ryan Tunnicliffe’s sloppy pass was intercepted.
Fight backs are somewhat of a United trademark and whatever Warren Joyce and Nicky Butt said to the team during the interval reminded the team of this, because in the 59th minute Marnick Vermijl got United back into the game shooting across Tottenham keeper Archer.
United, having been outplayed in the first half, were now in the ascendency and it was only took 15 minutes for United to draw level. Larnell Cole added to his hat trick against Liverpool last week with some neat feet in the box before firing into the roof of the net, following a United counter attack.
Spurs went close through McEvoy, but it would United who would become champions when Cole again found the net, beating Archer from close range to round off the win for his side.
There are a number of impressive players in this side, and more to come with promotions from the u18s. Moyes said that he will carry on the tradition of promoting youth players at the club, and with the quality some of these players possess, his job will be that little bit easier when it comes to doing so.