What’s happening at United this week?

Monday 09 May 2022 07:00

The week ahead is one of huge significance for Manchester United Under-18s, as Travis Binnion’s side prepare for the FA Youth Cup final against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

In addition to this momentous match, the young Reds also have the last match of the Under-18 Premier League season to play on Saturday, but the senior men's and women's teams do not have any fixtures to contend with.

There will also be a number of anniversaries which we will be marking across the week.

Here’s how the next seven days look at United…

The Perfect Ten: United's FA Youth Cup history


With ten competition victories, United have always used the Youth Cup as a proving ground for the best young talent.


With two days to go until the FA Youth Cup final, our build-up will include a special edition of the UTD Podcast, featuring Nick Cox - Head of Manchester United Academy. If you want to know more about how the club finds and develops young players, this will be an essential listen.


As preparations for their big night continue, we'll be hearing from members of Travis Binnion’s Youth Cup side as they reflect on how they reached the final. We'll also be keeping a keen eye on ticket sales for the occasion, after reporting last week that more than 50,000 seats had already been snapped up at the price of just £1 each.


United Under-18s will be looking to follow in the footsteps of current first-team players Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba, who were part of the young Reds squad that lifted the FA Youth Cup trophy in 2011. Kick-off against Forest at Old Trafford is set for 19:30 BST and we'll be covering the final on ManUtd.com and in the United App.

On the same night, our next manager Erik ten Hag will claim his third Eredivisie title as Ajax boss if his side beat SC Heerenveen at home, or draw while rivals PSV Eindhoven fail to win. We're naturally wishing him the best of luck.

There are many key anniversaries on Wednesday. For example, it's the date on which our former winger Andrei Kanchelskis made his debut in 1991.

In addition, 11 May in 1996 was when United beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final; exactly 12 years later, the Reds were crowned Premier League champions in 2008.

United legends David Beckham (2003), Eric Cantona (1997) and Denis Irwin (2002) all made their final appearances for the club on this day, while centre-back pair Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic also featured for the Reds for a final time on this day in 2014.

Goal of the Day: Beckham v Chelsea Video

Goal of the Day: Beckham v Chelsea

On day no.24 of February, enjoy this goal scored by David Beckham when he wore that number on the back of his shirt...


12 May is another notable date in the United calendar, as that was when legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson managed his final game at Old Trafford in 2013 and was greeted by a guard of honour. By then, he had already won his 13th Premier League title, which took the club's overall tally of championships to 20.

Six years later on the same date, Antonio Valencia played his last match for the club. Signed by Sir Alex in 2009, the Ecuadorian enjoyed 10 years at United and won multiple trophies, including the league in 2010/11 and 2012/13.


United Women's first and former manager Casey Stoney celebrates her birthday on Friday, and we would like to wish her many happy returns.

Michael Carrick made his final appearance as a United player on this day in 2018, in a 1-0 win over Watford.

Sir Alex: I had no idea about it! Video

Sir Alex: I had no idea about it!

Our former manager got a surprise when leading his team out at Old Trafford, in November 2011…


After playing Forest in the FA Youth Cup final on Wednesday, our young Reds face the same opponents in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday. You can keep track of the action in the United App, where team news plus half-time and full-time updates will be posted.

On this date in 2011, the Reds were crowned champions of England for the 19th time, securing the title with a 1-1 draw away to Blackburn Rovers.

United also won the FA Cup on this day in 1994.

Watch: 1991 Cup Winners' Cup final Video

Watch: 1991 Cup Winners' Cup final

United beat Barcelona to lift the Cup Winners' Cup for the first and only time, on 15 May 1991...


While Ralf Rangnick's Reds will not be in action, we'll be keeping a close eye on the day's Premier League matches, in particular West Ham United's home clash with Manchester City. The Hammers would go above us into sixth place, on goal difference, if they beat the Blues.

Sunday marks more anniversaries, with United winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup on 15 May 1991, and the young Reds lifting the FA Youth Cup trophy on this date in 1992.

On 15 May 1968, United travelled to Real Madrid in the second leg of the European Cup semi-final and played out a thrilling 3-3 draw. With George Best’s goal having given the Reds a vital advantage in the first leg at Old Trafford, Matt Busby’s side progressed to the club's first-ever European Cup final with a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Our former left-back Patrice Evra is celebrating his birthday on Sunday. Many happy returns!