Premier Academy League
Friday 7 May 2010
Carrington, 11:00 BST
TV: Live on MUTV
Highlights: MUTV Online
Web: Live updates in Today at OT, Report at final whistle
“We’ve been on a good run and won a big game against Everton on Tuesday. But we’ve not celebrated too much yet because we’ve got another big game on Friday.”
- Paul McGuinness
Paul McGuinness has urged his Under-18s players to grasp one of the last chances to impress Sir Alex Ferguson this season by shining on the big stage against Arsenal in Friday’s Premier Academy League play-off semi-final.
The young Reds clinched the Premier Academy League Group C title (the Academy top-flight is split into four regional divisions), and earned a place in the play-offs with the other three group winners: Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and Leicester City. United face Arsenal at Carrington on Friday (kick-off 11:00 BST), and McGuinness is hopeful his in-form side can book a place in the final, which decides the overall Premier Academy League champions, at Old Trafford next week.
“We beat Everton 2-0 to win the league,” McGuinness told MUTV. “It was a good display, Will Keane and Ravel Morrison getting the goals, and our goalkeeper Conor Devlin making three fantastic saves. But we’ve not celebrated just yet because we have a big game against Arsenal.”
The Reds have been in fantastic form since February to clinch top spot in Group C, going on a 12-game unbeaten run that yielded 28 points from a possible 36. Those results have been built on good attacking football, plenty of guts and determination and steady nerves in critical situations. McGuinness says doing it in