Mark Robins, the former Manchester United striker and now manager at Huddersfield Town, says the young players from both clubs should relish tonight’s FA Youth Cup tie at the John Smith’s Stadium.
United’s under 18s visit their West Yorkshire counterparts with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.
“The FA Youth Cup is outstanding and you want to be involved in it for as long as you possibly can,” said Robins, who graced the competition himself before graduating to United’s first team. “It’s a miniature version of the FA Cup, so it allows you to pits your wits against the teams at both the higher and lower end of the football pyramid. It’s a good grounding for everybody.
“When we were coming through, we always played at Old Trafford in the reserve team and in the youth team. It’s an opportunity because these days a lot of clubs don’t like to play too many games in the main stadium because of the pitch. This is a great opportunity for our youth team to play not only in our stadium, but also against one of the best sides.
“I think there’ll be a few nerves and one or two of our players will be desperate to play against United. There are one or two lads in our under 18s that we have high hopes for and we hope they can play at a higher level. It’s a great chance for everybody.”
You can see tonight’s game live on MUTV; coverage begins at 18:30 GMT with kick off at 19:00.