Watch the FA Youth Cup live on MUTV
Manchester United Under-18s begin our FA Youth Cup campaign this Sunday (11 December) with a third-round clash against Crystal Palace’s youngsters in the capital.
The match, which kicks off at 15:00 GMT at Selhurst Park, is being broadcast live on MUTV, and you don’t want to miss it.
The Reds lifted the trophy last season, becoming the first United side to do it since 2011, and Travis Binnion’s team are looking to retain it this term.
Find out how you can follow all of the action on MUTV, ManUtd.com and the United App…
HOW CAN YOU FOLLOW THE GAME?
Crystal Palace U18s v United U18s will be broadcast live on MUTV*, which can be accessed via the United App on the iOS App Store or Google Play Store, on ManUtd.com or via the following connected TV platforms: Samsung Smart TVs, Android TV, LG Smart TVs, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku TV and Xbox. Coverage starts at 14:45 GMT.
In addition to our live broadcast, team news, match updates and images will be available in our app on ManUtd.com in the build-up to the game and after the full-time whistle, with highlights following after the match.
A reminder the tie must be decided on the day, with extra-time and penalties if required.
*Live coverage of the match will be available to supporters in the UK and Ireland.
The young Reds enter this fixture on the back of a derby-day win away to Manchester City on 12 November.
Prior to that match, Binnion’s side had recorded two consecutive draws, with Arsenal and Newcastle United respectively.
While the previous fixture was played in mid-November, the Reds will be looking to hit the ground running this Sunday and, of course, use last term’s success in the competition as added motivation to get this year’s cup campaign off to a flyer.
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As for Palace, the Eagles hammered Brighton 5-0 last time out, playing that league fixture on Saturday 3 December. But our hosts’ form has also been indifferent this season, as that big win came just a week after Palace were defeated 3-1 at home by Tottenham.
Last season in the FA Youth Cup, the Eagles were eliminated on penalties by Wolves – a side United’s Under-18s met in the semi-finals and defeated 3-0.
The south Londoners won the trophy in 1977 and 1978.
UNITED AND THE FA YOUTH CUP
Manchester United is intrinsically linked to this competition, ever since its inception in 1952. United won the first five iterations of the tournament, and we are historically the most successful club in its history, lifting the trophy a remarkable 11 times.
Last season, a record-breaking 67,492 supporters packed into Old Trafford to watch the young Reds in the final, as Binnion’s side beat Nottingham Forest 3-1.
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This was the first time the Reds had won the trophy since 2011, when the likes of Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were involved in the squad. Alejandro Garnacho scored a brace in last season’s final, and now finds himself involved in Erik ten Hag’s first-team squad.
In addition, in the second half of our recent winter friendly against Cadiz, six members of the 2022 FA Youth Cup-winning side all featured for the Reds’ first team too.
This year’s young Reds will be looking to emulate that success, and you can tune in for the start of that journey this Sunday, live on MUTV.