Barclays U21 Premier League final
Old Trafford, Wednesday 14 May


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14/05/2014 08:58, Report by Adam Marshall
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Profile: United's U21s

ManUtd.com profiles Warren Joyce's Barclays Under-21 Premier League finalists ahead of Wednesday's showdown with Chelsea at Old Trafford...

Ben Amos (14 apps/0 goals): The over-age member of the squad and somebody who played in last year’s final against Tottenham. A safe handler who is very reliable, he was outstanding in the goalless draw with Chelsea at the AJ Bell Stadium and kept a string of other clean sheets.

Joel Castro Pereira (3/0): Promising young keeper who performed well in the UEFA Youth League and is capable of pulling off superb diving saves. Deputised for Amos in the recent draw with Norwich City at Old Trafford.

Michael Keane (9/2): Cultured defender with a good chance of breaking into United’s first-team squad. Has proved himself on loan in the Championship, most recently with Blackburn Rovers, and is an England U21 regular. Could be back in the frame to add experience to the back four.

Guillermo Varela (17/0): A solid first season for the Uruguayan, who looks the part at right-back. Growing in confidence all the time, he is becoming influential at both ends of the pitch and has some South American steel to his game.

Paddy McNair (8(1)/1): The Northern Irishman joined the club as a no.10 but has adapted remarkably well to central defence. Reads the game superbly, has improved markedly in the air and can bring the ball forward stylishly. Scorer of the injury-time winner at Reading that clinched a top-four spot.

Charni Ekangamene (18/0): Shortlisted for the Denzil Haroun Player of the Year award, the Belgian is a powerful performer with great strength and stamina. Had a short spell at Carlisle United but has returned to excel in an unfamiliar central defensive role, and was particularly impressive in the key win at Tottenham.

Reece James (19/0): Has played more U21 games than any of his colleagues this term and taken over the captaincy. A hard worker who leads by example, he is comfortable at left-back or in a holding role in midfield and rarely puts a foot wrong.

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