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FA Youth Cup fourth round
Thursday 16 January (19:00 GMT)
King Power Stadium, Leicester

LEICESTER CITY
v
MANCHESTER UNITED

Live on MUTV

15/01/2014 19:19, Report by A Marshall & N Thomas

Reds face Youth Cup test

Manchester United are on back on the FA Youth Cup trail on Thursday with a fourth round clash at Leicester City's King Power Stadium, live on MUTV.

The Reds will strive to repeat the Barclays Under-18 Premier League win against the Foxes in September, when Ashley Fletcher and Demetri Mitchell scored in a 2-1 triumph. The victors will travel to Huddersfield Town in the fifth round of the prestigious Youth Cup, which United last won in 2011.

Top goalscorer Fletcher has been sidelined by injury since the success at Burnley in the previous round but James Wilson, Saidy Janko and Andreas Pereira could all feature again, despite being involved with the Under-21s this term, as they all played in the weekend win at Wolves. Meanwhile Sean Goss will hope for a return to the line-up after coming off the bench during the 2-1 victory in the Black Country.

Ex-Reds manager Wilf McGuinness discussed his son Paul's role in developing youth talent at the Aon Training Complex during a recent interview with ManUtd.com. The former Busby Babe told us, "I am really proud of Paul's achievements as the Under-18s coach. There is a certain way in which United play and boys need to be taught that at a young age. I am really pleased to see my son guiding them in the right direction."

When asked if he still offers tips and guidance to the Under-18s coach, Wilf replied: "Paul knows his own mind now. When he was younger, I used to give him plenty of advice although I’m not sure he ever listened to me! He’s overseeing a really important stage in a young player’s career, ensuring that they get a taste of what life as United player is like. They have still got to work hard and be extremely self-disciplined and of course, you’ve got to have self-belief. I think Paul is doing a good job instilling those values into his players." 

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