Manchester United fans arrive outside the East Stand of Old Trafford on a match night

Free entry at Old Trafford for FA Youth Cup tie

Tuesday 04 February 2020 12:30

Manchester United face Leeds United in the FA Youth Cup fifth round at Old Trafford on Wednesday night (19:00 GMT kick-off), with free tickets available for all supporters.

It promises to be another exciting tie for the young Reds, who reached this stage of the prestigious competition by beating Lincoln City at Leigh Sports Village and then Norwich City away at Carrow Road, with 2-0 scorelines on both occasions.

The game will be shown live on MUTV but fans who want to attend in person at Old Trafford and get behind our youth team can do so for free.

To select particular seats, you can pre-book online at and then collect from Ticketing & Membership Services at OId Trafford ahead of kick-off. Alternatively, you can turn up at the same place and obtain whatever tickets are available on the night. Entry at the turnstiles is by ticket only.

Watch highlights from our 2-0 win at Norwich in the previous round.

The Reds warmed up for the Leeds tie, a repeat of the 1992/93 final in this competition, with Saturday's 1-0 victory at Blackburn Rovers in the Under-18 Premier League North.

Max Haygarth made his return in that game and Spanish forward Mateo Mejia is also fit again after his injury lay-off, so there will hopefully be plenty of options available to lead coach Neil Ryan.

"It's a cup tournament and a great leveller," said Ryan. “We've seen some Youth Cup fixtures where strong teams have been knocked out early. Tottenham beat Liverpool but lost to Wigan, and so on, and it's always a difficult challenge for the boys - especially when they are deemed favourites.

“At youth-development level, things are not always as apparent as at first-team level, there could be physical problems when you're up against big, strong lads and also maturity issues. 

“It is all part and parcel of player development.”

FA Youth Cup highlights Video

FA Youth Cup highlights

See how the Under-18s progressed past Lincoln on Friday night...

The tie must be decided on the night, by extra-time and penalties if necessary, with the victors going through to host Wigan Athletic or Birmingham City in the quarter-finals.

The Reds are bidding to win a record 11th FA Youth Cup and to lift it for the first time since 2011, when Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were in the triumphant team and Harry Maguire played for the runners-up Sheffield United.

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