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PICTURES: United win U-21s league

Larnell Cole celebrating his second and United’s third goal against Tottenham Hotspur just a few minutes before the final whistle, to make it 3-2 to United after going in 2-0 down at half-time.

Our lads lift the trophy.

Our lads celebrate with the trophy.

Marnick Vermijl pulled a goal back for United in the second half, drilling the ball in to the far corner (in a similar fashion to Buttner’s yesterday). Cole, who was named Man of the Match, was booked for diving but could have hattrick if the ref had awarded the penalty instead when he was tripped in the box.

Adnan Januzaj had a brilliant game and showed why he was a worthy winner The Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year Award last week.

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  1. Costas says:

    Brilliant. Well done kids.

  2. NBI Red Onion says:

    excellent. shame there weren’t more people watching.

  3. KVN says:

    That’s right boys. The future is bright, the future is United.

  4. Kings says:

    Congratulations lads.

  5. alfREDo says:

    Fantastic lads,
    Well done for a well deserved victorious season!

  6. denton davey says:

    If I didn’t live in Toronto then I’d have been there – watching the youngsters is a “cheap thrill” and a peek into the future. Maybe in a few year’s time I’ll get to return to M/C for my 70th-birthday present and watch TheLads @ OT and the kids, too. Glory, glory.

  7. RedRich says:

    Well played lads. Marvellous turnaround against an excellent Spurs team.

    Lawrence inspirational running and Tunnicliffe, Lingard and Cole really got going in the 2nd half.

    MoM for me Januzaj. Class act together with Keane.

    All the lads did well and James was better than Zeki.

    The future’s looking red!!!!

  8. NBI Red Onion says:

    @ Denton – now I know that you are almost 70 you know I will have to call you uncle, or even grandpa, possibly Messrs.

  9. NBI Red Onion says:

    So, how are we going to entertain ourselves on weekend afternoons without games in this crap weather here in England where we have had grey skies and rain for months, the transfer speculation can drive one mad, pre season with Moyes will be entertaining.

    Well I can laugh at City for a good hour on Sunday.

    Also now Maureen has left RM if she/he does go to Chelsea it won’t be the same, the new boys have no loyalty to him and guys like Mata will have heard what a twat he is from other spanish players, I expect Maureen’s confidence to be a bit shot and her second trip to Chelsea if that’s what it is, to end equally badly if not worse, Maureen dashing new taking over a mid table club new into money is not Maureen hard and bitter, grey with a reputation for a lack of integrity. The halo has gone, the aura has gone, he comes back a failure, failed to win with THAT squad, failed to maintain his reputation as a guy players love, failed to motivate the team, fell out with everybody, damaged the image of the club.

    The aura has gone, he comes back here with something to prove, another failure one or two season wonder and he will become a bit of a joke.

  10. Johnbosco Obiora says:

    I did not watch de match but i know that our young boys played well. I want to see januzaj and lewandoswki and Ozil in man united team next season

  11. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Januzaj displaying true class that only a select few players. Footballing Creator in chief, has huge potential to decelop into top playmaker, has all the guile, skill and craft. Looks like one of those players that may be fast tracked quicker than most, he could be a first team player next season. If played alongside top quality experienced midfielders, he’s bound to flourish.

    One player that should hopefully get his chance soon is larnell cole. Sucha little technician of a football, clever and creative. Has end product at the end of it too. A lot of people say his size might hold him back but why? His talent will prevail, give him a chance.

  12. samuel - united WE stand says:

    And congrats to U21 team too, that united mentality has been ingrained in them and you knew if they got one back and they were enough time to pull one back, spurs would be in trouble. I would like to see lingard, larnell cole, januzaj, michael keane all given a chance during pre season. Add powell, zaha and henriquez (he will probably needs another loan spell) and united are stacking up top potential

  13. Sparkz says:

    Cole has had an outstanding week hasn’t he? 5 goals in just a few days I think. I like him a lot, tricky little player, as Samuel said he’s a technician which I like to see in attacking players, rather than just sheer pace, power and size.

    A lot of these guys should be on the pre season tour, most will probably be loaned. A lot depends in the signings we make…if we’re light in certain areas then some of these youngsters could be in the squad. Otherwise, we should loan them so they get regular gametime.

  14. NBI Red Onion says:

    I think this is our most exciting bunch since the Scholes Becks Neville lot.

    Morrison – anyone hear of him these days?

    Pobga – definitely a loss (talent wise), should have played him in MF ahead of Jones and trusted him and he would have stayed, he will be world class but then there are others coming through that could be too. This is a real bunch of catches I believe but I don’t know if they will get the chances they deserve.

    To be honest, I would prefer a United youth team player to get a chance over Jones playing in 10 positions, some of them are the same age as him, eg Pogba, Januzaj but he gets/got chances over them in MF which is not even his position and to me that was wrong though I know SAF rates him very highly, it is the one decision I just can’t see, I can only understand it in the light that he knew this was his last season, but I really wish some of our young player had more chances.

    The pressure to win is so huge now and games so competitive I don’t know how many of our youth will get the chances their talent deserves. I really hope Moyes does not just give in to pressure to buy and bloods these guys, it will be a shame and a waste if these kids leave to get opportunities, they are a really talented bunch.

  15. Sparkz says:

    Lol Pogba knew the game was up when guys like Rafael, Park, Giggs got games in CM ahead of him.

    I think this crop of players will get opportunities at some point, but they’ll have to be patient and rely on cup games/dead rubbers for a while.

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  17. LoneStarRed says:

    @ NBI Red Onion

    Pogba talent wise is a loss but attitude wise I say good riddance. That fact that we has a Paul Scholes that he could have learned from and didn’t tells me he was and is fully focused on himself. When the likes of Pep Guardiola unhesitatingly and immediately says he would take Scholes that closes the discussion for me. If he was truly ready Fergie would have played him!

    Maureen coming back to the Rent Boys after have FAILED at the Virus. He had a massive budget, on a massive team, with massive players who have massive egos bigger than his. What could possibly go wrong in all that?

  18. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Sparkz – Cole plays like one with more experience. Doesn’t get the hype but a top talent. Nimble skillful player, versatile enough to play either out-wide or in-field. Technically very good and as the game is moving faster towards possession based and dominating the middle being essential, cole has to get his chance in the first team. It’s about time we see more younger players getting a chance, we need to quit sticking players out of bloody position, i would rather see the younger players filling in, despite the fact the pressure to win increases every season, united’s philosophy is to get these lads into the first team, there’s more of an accomplishment in bringing players through than buying to be honest.

  19. samuel - united WE stand says:

    In adnan januzaj, i think united have someone capable of hitting the heights of pogba. Different type of players both in style and mentality, i think adnan will crack into the first team, he needs to be given the chance along with others to express themselves probably in the cup games.

  20. Wakey says:

    @NBI Red Onion
    I don’t know how much of the reserves you saw last season but the problem with Pogba was for the first half of the season he wasn’t really playing at all well. It seemed at times he hadn’t adjusted to the increased physicality of the reserve league compared to the academy league.

    So you really couldn’t throw him into the midfield of a PL game because that was another step up again from the reserve league. I suspect it was somewhat the case that as he had always been physically bigger than his age group he was used to being physically imposing over them but when he hit the reserve league he was encountering some experienced first team players where he didn’t have the intimidation factor. With Jones being English and for that matter not that big for his position he was simply better suited and I guess even with Park/Rafa it was felt they were better suited physically and more experienced at that point in time. Not sure Pogba could have done any worse but I’m not sure throwing him into a makeshift midfield,would have been the smartest, he needed Carrick to have been available for Midfield rather than being needed for defence for Pogba playing to have made sense

    By the time Pogba had started to look comfortable in the reserves his agent had started playing silly buggers. I suspect if his agent hadn’t started shopping him around to the highest bidder he would have seen more game time in then2nd half of the season then either used more this season (although not as much as as at Juve as the PL is more physical than Seria A) or perhaps sent on loan like Clevz & Welbz were to physically develop in first team football and the 13/14 would have been his breakthrough year.

  21. Red In Taipei says:

    Hopefully the U 21′s will step up and help get 21 next season.

  22. Saad says:

    I have tremendous hope for Adnan Januzaj. My only fear with him is he looks a bit fragile, even more than one expects for a player at his age.

  23. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Physicality won’t stop adnan (iniesta, xavi, mata, scholes, giggs, kagawa, are people going to ever learn?). Has too much quality to paper over that and he’s just 18, he won’t become and shouldn’t be expected to become incredible hulk. He’ll work and get the strenght needed to navigate the premier league, he’s a first team player in the making and needs to be given chances along with others.

  24. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    Absolutely Brilliant. MASSIVE CONGRATS to them. Well deserved. Larnell Cole, lingaard and Januzaj are going to be brilliant for this club. I trust Moyes as he knows how to work and develop youngsters. I expect those three to light up the league in the future.

  25. Sushi says:

    “He hits his head with his palm. “Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United – on the left wing! My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes. Central midfield is Shinji’s best role. He’s an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw.”

    hahah Klopp is class. Hes too funny.

  26. Ash says:

    Klopp is absolutely Right. I feel we should use Kagawa in a better way. He is not suited in wings. Even in a start and stop first season kagawa has scored 6 goals. He is 24 so he will reach his peack in 2-3 years time. So we better use him properly.

  27. safichan says:

    Kloop is damn right after all about shinji kagawa, and i’m still believe kagawa is far better then hazard if united could use him properly, which mean united must play him in his best position. kagawa will be deadly, with RVP and chica upfront.

  28. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    The old ones do it, the young ones do it.

    Manchester United, we’ll never die. Congrats boys!

  29. samuel - united WE stand says:

    I think if united can get another one or two top complete all round midfielders, that would free up shinji kagawa. He isn’t great defensively but his strenghts is what united must tap into, he needs to be the chief playmaker further forward behind the strikers.

  30. Costas says:


    Klopp is right sadly. If we had to count the games in which he played in his natural position, I doubt we would need the fingers of more than one hand. Our winger situation didn’t help matters. Hopefully Moyes will stick him in his natural position for an extended run of games.

  31. bayoRed says:

    Congratulations to the young red devils. Hope they get their chances in the first team. Any sign of David Moyce @ the U21 game?

  32. bayoRed says:

    Klopp is right but he must remembertis is Manchester United with a bigger squad and he cant be picking our team for us we have our Manager for that. I feel like his trying to influence the player’s attitude in a negative way. Who knows what his selection would have been if he also had a Wayne Rooney and sometimes a Van Persie class of player competing for the same role.

    Keep your Dortmund and let us manage “OUR” United.

  33. samuel - united WE stand says:

    That’s true though, klopp although a good character and probably meant nothing significant by it could indirectly be influencing shinji into becoming a rebel, he probably still regards shinji as one of his lads despite the fact he moved on but then again he could be doing a positive thing and sounding it out to moyes that kagawa needs to play in the right position to flourish, this can be looked at in several angles, moyes must and hopefully should heed those words. We can’t forget that in central mid, united don’t have enough complete all round midfielders, adept at controlling a game and taking on defensive responsibility which would free up kagawa. I think united need to rectify that position and for me, i think kagawa is a better and more natural number 10 than rooney, wayne is a centre forward and should be kept there mainly (if he stays)

  34. bayoRed says:

    Fair enough, I guess he earned the right to give advice about Shinji.

  35. bayoRed says:

    Off topic, some Chelsea fans think Rooney signing is another Torres esq flopp waiting to happen and are promising to give him the “Benitez treatment” if he is signed by Chelsea.

    Knuckle down and take Gary’s advise son. Fight for your place like everyone else.

  36. FletchTHEMAN says:

    There are some great players in this team. Won the league at U18 as well.

    Fans were class. You can’t tell from this image but there looked north of 15K at the game.
    Credit to Spurs fans for making the journey up from London. More away fans by a margin than came up from ‘pool for their U21 games. Says alot about spurs away support.

    What a win. Last minuted winner! Cole comes on late and gets a brace! Super sub!!

    Loved every minute of the second half. 1st half was hard to take, their second was a belter though.

    Adnan Januze, Tom Thorpe and Cole and both Keane brothers all have it. Haven’t made up my mind about Tunnicliffe. All so young. Hope we have time for them. Good thing for them Moyes knows how to develop players.

  37. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Sir Alex Ferguson wins LMA Manager of the Year award

    Think it is his 11th win.

  38. paulusmac says:

    Best £5 I’ve ever spent. Great entertainment and well done to the lads


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