Cup glee for Man United youngsters

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The day after they collected the league trophy for a record 19th time, Manchester United became the first club to win the FA Youth Cup on 10 occasions courtesy of a 4-1 second-leg victory over Sheffield United to complete a 6-3 aggregate triumph

Ravel Morrison and Will Keane each scored a brace to see off Sheffield United, who reached the end of the road after an outstanding campaign. Joe Ironside was on target for the Blades.

It might have been a season of unremitting gloom for the Blades at first-team level but their youth team squad have been exceptional. The key for the South Yorkshire outfit will be keeping hold of them, which in the case of Jordan Slew in particular may prove to be difficult.

Slew has already made eight first-team appearances and has a couple of England Under-19 caps to his name, a number that seems certain to rise.

The Sheffield-born youngster went close on a couple of occasions before the break, including a dipping, curling shot that had Sam Johnstone scrambling across his goal to watch it to safety.

Morrison has been claimed by some to be United's most talented junior since Paul Scholes. Unfortunately, he is not without problems off the field and on Wednesday will be back in court after being placed on conditional bail, charged with assault and causing criminal damage.

On the pitch, he has so much to offer and his first-half goal was outstanding for its simplicity. After Keane screwed twin brother Michael's cross into his path, Morrison required one touch to control before burying a clinical shot into the bottom corner.

Number two came from the penalty spot after Terry Kennedy had handled a Will Keane header. The rangy striker strode up to send George Long the wrong way.

In a second half that saw the unfortunate departure of the Blades' Harry Maguire on a stretcher, Morrison was first to double his tally. This time, it was sublime in a more orthodox manner as he strode to the edge of the area, crabbed his way across the box, then cut a fantastic shot low into the far corner.

Ironside pulled one back but Keane responded with another to round off the scoring.

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