More please!

As northern champions, United Reserves wrapped up 2009/10 by winning the national play-off 3-2 on penalties against southern champions Aston Villa.

How will the Reds fare in 2010/11? The season starts on Tuesday 24 August with a first competitive match against Manchester City in the Manchester Senior Cup. Watch it live on MUTV from 19:00 BST.
23/08/2010 15:46, Report by David Stowell, MUTV

Thrilling term in prospect

With the number one reserve team in the country and the best academy side in the region, the 2010/11 campaign bodes well for the Reds' younger ranks.

Success just kept on coming last year. As a team, United Reserves won regional and national league titles. As individuals, several players made enough progress to pop up on Sir Alex's teamsheets.

The Under-18s won their group and only a spot-kicks defeat by Arsenal could stop them on their quest to be labelled the finest academy team in the country. The young Reds also travelled to Northern Ireland and Italy and brought silverware back on the plane.

I had the pleasure of covering both teams for MUTV, in an outstanding season of live football on the channel. Our cameras captured comebacks, hammerings, step-overs, skirmishes, sendings off, hat-tricks, tantrums, flying saves, backheels, and plenty of touchline finger-pointing.

What would I like to see this season? It's simple. "More of the same please." The Under-18s have already delivered on that, putting down a marker with a barnstorming comeback win away at Chelsea, in Saturday's opening Academy League fixture. Two-nil down approaching half-time, Paul McGuinness' players picked themselves up, dusted themselves down and scored three goals, with John Cofie's winner coming in the 94th minute.

That never-say-die attitude will be vital this season if the Under-18s and the Reserves are to compete for trophies again, the individual players are to carry on their development and MUTV viewers (and commentators!) are to be kept on the edge of their seats.

All the boys concerned will do well to improve on last year's showing, but you wouldn't bet against it.


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