James Weir contributed three important goals as Manchester United's Under-21s came very close to glory in 2013/14. The Preston-born midfielder has since spoken to Inside United about the season and his aims for the club's new era…
How disappointing was it to miss out on retaining the Under-21 Premier League title following the defeat to Chelsea in the final?
Yeah, it was a big kick in the teeth to lose a goal that late on in the game. Obviously, all the lads were gutted to watch Chelsea go through their celebrations. It leaves a big scar on your chest and you don’t want it happening again.
Chelsea were a strong side and worthy adversaries at Old Trafford…
They have got quite a few decent players. Lewis Baker, who scored the winner, is a good player and Nathan Ake too.
You came off the bench in the final. You did that quite a lot towards the end of the season – is that because you weren't fully fit?
Yes, it was my ankle again. I had a knee injury earlier in the season and needed to have an operation which kept me out for a while. It was frustrating. I was coming back and just wanted to get a start and a full 90 minutes under my belt really.
So you didn't want the season to end?
Not really, I was just getting back to fitness. It was a good season for the lads and we did well to get to the final considering where we were at Christmas. We rallied together and I hope we do something similar next year.
The season looked over in the final league game at Reading until you scored to help turn things around…
I must say it was something of a lucky goal I scored but it was one of the best nights in football for me and a lot of the lads, especially Paddy McNair to score the winner. It was a top game for us.
You also scored twice at Old Trafford against Norwich City. What did that mean to you?
I think my last two games at United before the final, I’d scored and I hoped to get another one against Chelsea. I was starting to think it could be my lucky ground. It’s a privilege scoring at Old Trafford and we were unfortunate not to win that Norwich game.