Class of '22 - How Manchester United's proud academy restored a smile

Class of '22 - How Manchester United's proud academy restored a smile

Manchester Unitedโ€™s teenagers restored a bit of hope at the end of a tough season.

The young reds sealed a 3-1 win against Nottingham Forest in the final of the FA Youth Cup.


This has been the Red Devilsโ€™ worst season of the Premier League era.

Abject performances and a run that has ruled out Champions League football for next season have led to criticism and scrutiny.


Academy boss Nick Cox believes the FA Youth Cup triumph at a rocking Old Trafford shows the โ€œembers still burn brightโ€ for a club built on youth and success.

A record-breaking 67,492 fans packed into Old Trafford to cheer on the youth side.

Argentinian starlet Alejandro Garnachoโ€™s brace sealed the 3-1 win, with the club celebrating winning the competition for a record 11th time.


"This football club is built on success and youth," Unitedโ€™s head of academy Cox said.

"I feel like the fans turned up to show that those embers still burn bright.

"It doesnโ€™t matter, you know, in the short term what goes off.

"In the long term, those things donโ€™t leave this football club.

"I think the fans turned up and reminded us that this place is built on success and itโ€™s built on youth.

"They were proud and weโ€™re really proud. It was incredible. Iโ€™ve never witnessed anything like it and I donโ€™t think we ever will do again."