THE ACADEMY

09/04/2012 11:08, Report by Adam Marshall

Young Reds through to final

United progressed to the Aegon Future Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in rain-soaked Amsterdam.

Paul McGuinness' side scored twice after the break to see off the Germans after a tight first half contained few openings. Gradually, the Reds assumed control and Max Bauer had to clear off the line to deny Demi Mitchell after a Sam Byrne cross.

Jake Cooper, a guest player from Reading, made the breakthrough when Joe Rothwell's free-kick released Mats Daehli and the Norwegian's centre invited a close-range finish by the big defender. With five minutes left, the lively Mitchell wrapped things with up with an exquisite curling shot after a bold run and one-two with Daehli.

United will face Ajax in the final at 3pm local time after the Dutch team defeated Barcelona on penalties. The hosts shaded a group encounter with McGuinness' youngsters 1-0 on Saturday.

Highlights of the tournament will be screened by MUTV on 22 April.

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