United Under-18 players revel in cup glory

Wednesday 24 April 2024 13:22

Manchester United's Under-18s completed an Academy double on Tuesday night, with a superb win over Manchester City in the Premier League Cup final.

A first-half brace from Ethan Wheatley shot our young Reds into a two-goal lead before City grabbed what proved to only be a late consolation through Stephen Mfuni.

Lifting the trophy following the full-time whistle, Adam Lawrence's side celebrated in style, watched by a sell-out crowd inside Leigh Sports Village.

Scroll down to both read, and watch, the thoughts of six United players as they spoke to MUTV on Tuesday evening...
U18s lift the Premier League Cup! Video

U18s lift the Premier League Cup!

TROPHY LIFT! We are so proud of our exciting Under-18s, the new Premier League Cup champions...

Elyh Harrison: "The emotions were really high in the game and also in the changing room just then.

"Everyone was celebrating so much in there and I couldn't even get my suit on as it was soaking wet! Everyone was enjoying themselves and I am glad we won. 

"It was just what I had to do and it was a great feeling to have some big saves in the game to keep us in it. I am happy with myself."
Louis Jackson: "I think that is the big thing with the Under-18s group, it has not been a consistent eleven every week and we have done really well given we chopped and changed the team.

"Whenever the [players] are called upon they do the job."
Harrison and Jackson's thoughts Video

Harrison and Jackson's thoughts

Young Reds duo Elyh Harrison and Louis Jackson offer their views after our U18 Premier League Cup triumph...

James Scanlon: "The lads are buzzing and obviously coming off winning the Premier League North it is great. It's brilliant to get some silverware.

"Obviously going into the game you know it is your rivals so it does put a bit extra on it. To come out victorious is just unbelievable."

Ethan Williams: "We have been a great team and we have all stick together in tough moments, this final is just another example of it.

"We have great squad depth and to win the Premier League North and then the Premier League Cup, it's just a great feeling honestly."
Hear the thoughts of James Scanlon and Ethan Williams following our Premier League Cup success.
Finley McAllister: "I am absolutely buzzing and I am proud of all of the lads, even the lads that haven't participated tonight.

"We have done this over the course of the season, together. Some people have played more minutes than others but ever since that first game against Reading we have all put in a shift.

"We have been the better team each time and when we have suffered, we have suffered together. We deserve this more than any other team in the country."
Hear from United's youngsters Video

Hear from United's youngsters

MUTV's Ben Ibson caught up with Jack Kingdon and Finley McAllister to reflect on a stunning season for our Under 18s...

Jack Kingdon: "In a cup final, the spirits are really high, especially against our main rivals.

"The boys really dug in and everyone was in the right place at the right time, we did well to get the victory. 

"From the very start of the season, everyone was together. In every game the boys got stuck in.

"We had a goal and we hit that, winning the league and winning the Premier League Cup. I am really proud of everyone."