Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-1 to reach the FA Youth Cup semi-finals


Manchester United are in the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup. A brace from Alejandro Garnacho saw United come from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over a good side Leicester City.

United will face the winner of Wolves and Brighton in the semi-final, which will be played in March at Old Trafford.

Starting XI: Vitek; Jurado, Fredericson, Bennett (c), Murray; Gore, Hansen-Aaroen, Mainoo, Mather; Garnacho, McNeill.

Replacements: Wooster, Sharpe, Aljofree, Norkett, Ennis, Lawrence, Oyedele.

How did it happen

Leicester had knocked out holders Aston Villa earlier in the competition and they immediately came out on top in the game.

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1-0 at Leicester: The Leicester press saw them intercept a pass from Kobbie Mainoo to Sam Murray, the latter injured on the ground after losing the challenge. The Foxes burst into the United box and Chris Popov scored a deflected effort.

The goal meant a lot to Popov, who was released from Manchester United Under-16s last summer. The Welsh youth international signed for Leicester and enjoyed a solid season, scoring in double figures for the Under-18s.

United came up the other end and almost equalized, with Sam Murray firing an effort from just wide. Alejandro Garnacho saw a shot saved a few minutes later.

Garnacho made it 1-1: After Dan Gore was fouled on the edge of the Leicester box at the end of the first half, there would only be one player to take the free kick, Alejandro Garnacho.

Garnacho showed why, curling a free kick into the bottom corner to score his third goal of the competition, all three at Old Trafford.

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Sam Mather was United’s brightest player at the start of the second half, while goalkeeper Radek Vitek was forced into an impressive double save. Charlie McNeill hit the side netting when he had a good chance in the 65th minute.

United then made a change with Max Oyedele replacing Isak Hansen-Aaroen, who himself shot over the bar in the second half, before bringing in striker Manni Norkett to try to turn things around.

Garnacho scores the winner: Alejandro Garnacho scored an 89th-minute winner to take United through to the semi-finals.

Kobbie Mainoo played the ball across the box, which Garnacho knocked down with a single touch, before firing a ferocious strike into the bottom corner.

United deserved the winner with Leicester’s early control of the game fading, and the young Red Devils eventually beat them, much to the delight of the 10,000 home fans at Old Trafford.

It is the second time in three years that United have reached the FA Youth Cup semi-finals as they hope to win the competition for the first time since 2011.

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How Manchester United reached this stage

  1. Manchester United 4-2 Scunthorpe (Mather, Garnacho, Oyedele, McNeill)
  2. Reading 1-3 Manchester United (Mainoo, Mather, McNeill)
  3. Manchester United 4-1 Everton (McNeill, Mainoo, Mather, Garnacho)

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