Maguire watching FA Youth Cup semi-final
Club captain Harry Maguire and team-mate Dean Henderson are in attendance at Old Trafford tonight as Manchester United’s Under-18s host Wolves in the FA Youth Cup semi-final.
UK and Ireland-based supporters can watch the match live on MUTV, ManUtd.com and the United App.
The Under-18s have enjoyed several Old Trafford experiences already this campaign, knocking out Scunthorpe United, Everton, and Leicester City in rounds three, five, and six of the competition.
Travis Binnion’s side are looking to secure a place in the final tonight at the Theatre of Dreams, and will be supported from the stands by several senior club figures. Director of Football John Murtough and Technical Director Darren Fletcher are watching on, as well as Maguire.
“It’s amazing, it’s a great experience,” Maguire said of the competition pre-match.
“It’s an amazing competition, it gives you that pressure and that feeling of what it’s like to be a first team level. I’ve just been in the changing room, they probably all love the surroundings, they’ve turned up in their suits looking smart. To get to a final it’d be a great achievement.
“I’ve just been speaking to the manager and he’s told me they’ve played here a few times. It’s really important. When you play at this stadium for the first time it really takes your breath away, it’s iconic and so big. I hope they can go out there, enjoy themselves and put a performance in and get to the final.
“This great football club has always been built on youth and players coming through, Manchester-born and bred coming through and playing for the first team. The Under-18s has been a big part of that. They’ve won the most Youth Cups out of any team. When I was a kid at Sheffield United, playing Man United was always the biggest game, it was always the first fixture you looked for because you’d know they’d have an amazing set of players, coaching staff and facilities. The youth at Man Utd has always been a massive part of the club and it will be for the future.”
United XI: Vitek; Jurado, Bennett (c), Fredricson, Murray; Mainoo, Gore; Mather, Hansen-Aaroen, Garnacho; McNeill.
Subs: Kambwala, Wooster, Forson, Pye, Oyedele, Hugill, Norkett.
Wolves XI: Arinbjornsson; Lembikisa, Kandola, Tipton (c), Huber, Keto-Diyawa, Birtwistle, Griffiths, Fraser, Rees, Roberts.
Subs: Farmer, Storer, Mabete, Francis-Burrell, Esen, Kaleta, Ojinnaka.