To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Jonny Bohane has spoken about one of his favourite memories from the youth team.
One of the greatest scraps ever between United and Liverpool came in the Fa Youth Cup in March 2011. It’s hard to find any other North West derby with less incidents. 4 red cards, winning from 2-0 down, arrests, ejections, flares and bloody noses and in between some brilliant attacking football from one of the most talented youth sides United have ever had. It was a game which produced the overriding memory of Ravel Morrison kissing the United badge in front of the Kop in front of a crowd of 27,000 at Anfield.
The game itself was a free-for-all, United were 2-0 down in the second half thanks to a brace from Adam Morgan. Ryan Tunnicliffe began the rally earning a penalty resulting in a Liverpool red card. Socks rolled down, the confident Paul Pogba stepped up but stuttered his penalty unlwafully, bizarrely the referee showed Pogba his 2nd yellow for it. Larnell Cole then stepped up to get United back into the game 10v10. Ravel Morrison brought United level prompting the infamous celebration. A sensational acrobatic volley from Morrison completed the comeback.
It wasn’t over there as there was a huge bust up late on which resulted in Tyler Blackett giving the Liverpool captain a bloody nose, both were sent off.
United did this full blooded cup tie justice going on to beat Chelsea (6-3) in the semis and Sheffield United (6-3) over two legs in the final to win the FA Youth Cup. Despite the regrettable taint on the side following Pogba’s exit and Ravel Morrison’s attitude the 2011 FA Youth Cup will be remembered by many as one of the best.