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FA Youth Cup
Semi-final

Manchester United v Chelsea

First leg: Friday 16 March
Old Trafford, 19:00 GMT

Second leg: TBC
07/03/2012 11:30, Report by Nick Coppack

Date for Youth Cup semi

Manchester United will welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Friday March 16 (19:00 GMT) for the FA Youth Cup semi-final first leg.

In a repeat of last season’s pulsating semi-final tie, the two clubs have been paired with each other again in the last four. In 2010/11, the Reds triumphed at this stage – United lost 3-2 at Stamford Bridge before hammering Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford – and went on to lift the trophy for a record-extending 10th time with a resounding 6-3 aggregate win over Sheffield United in the final.

Paul McGuinness’ side will be looking to emulate that success this season but must first overcome a Chelsea team who battled back from three goals down to beat Nottingham Forest 4-3 in the last round.

United's kids also took part in a dramatic quarter-final tie, sealing passage to the semi-finals courtesy of a James Wilson winner against Charlton Athletic in the seventh minute of injury time.

Ticket details for the Old Trafford clash are still to be confirmed, as is the date and time of the second leg, which must be played at Stamford Bridge before Saturday 31 March.

A large crowd is expected for the Manchester match, though, with fans urged to show their support for United’s next generation of stars.

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