Ben Amos insists his United Under-21s team-mates are determined to finish a dramatic season by retaining the Barclays Premier League title with victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Warren Joyce's champions were mid-table in January and showing little sign of mounting a successful defence of the title that was won so admirably last May, when the Reds came from 2-0 down to secure a gutsy 3-2 win over Tottenham.
However, having lost just once in the last 11 matches, the Reds have bounced back to secure a place in the competition’s showpiece final at Old Trafford. Having kept goal during the campaign, Amos admits United are out to prove a lot of people wrong.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” Ben told MUTV. “A lot of people had written off this year’s team halfway through the season and were asking if we were going to make the top half of the table. The players were aware of that, Warren was aware of that and we have all pulled together with a point to prove.
“There have been one or two games when we haven’t performed particularly well but, overall, to get where we have got with such a young squad is a credit to the lads. Warren told me that 40-odd players have played for the Reserves this year. With that in mind, it is a good achievement but we are not finished yet. We want to go and win it.”
United and Chelsea played out a one-sided goalless draw in March, when the Blues completely dominated but failed to break down a much-changed Reds team. As Amos recalls, that match