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Manchester United FA Youth Cup final 2022

Alejandro Garnacho steals the show as Manchester United win the FA Youth Cup

Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho stole the show as they claimed victory in the FA Youth Cup final last night beating Nottingham Forest 3-1.

His second half brace handed the trophy to United for the first time since 2011 in front of a record 67,492 crowd at Old Trafford.

United captain Rhys Bennett headed home after 13 minutes, before Forest were gifted an equaliser through Josh Powell after a mistake from Radek Vitek.

It was United who re-took the lead after 77 minutes through Garnacho after he converted a controversial penalty.

He then got his second and The Red Devils’ third just before full time.

Many United players past and present were in attendance to witness the historic victory that saw the club lift the cup for the 11th time.

Despite thousands watching, the players didn’t buckle under the pressure and United’s first goal came with Rhys Bennett expertly heading home a free kick.

They were in control with Forest not particularly threatening, but it was a bad mistake from keeper Vitek that drew them back level just before half-time.

A routine shot on the edge of the box from Josh Powell got under the United keeper and crawled over the line.

Both sides were hunting down a winner as the second half begun and it was the hosts who re-took the lead.

Garnacho was brought down just outside the box, but a penalty was awarded, and he made no mistake in converting it.

His superb third goal rounded things off, with a fancy bit of footwork giving him enough space in the box to fire it home.

Many of the United side that won in 2011 have gone on to have illustrious careers in the game.

Time will tell what happens to this crop of youngsters, but Garnacho who’s already made his first team debut is one to watch out for.

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