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Manchester United’s last FA Youth Cup winning side featured Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, and Harry Maguire even played against them.


Manchester United’s 2011 FA Youth Cup-winning side set to inspire this year’s Red Devils academy squad in their final against Nottingham Forest.

The Under-18s will contest the club’s first Youth Cup final in 11 years on Wednesday night, in front of more than 70,000 fans at Old Trafford, and will be looking to reassert United’s dominance in the competition.

Manchester United are the most successful team in FA Cup history
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United’s academy side will look to emulate the 2011 side that beat Sheffield United 6-3 on aggregate after drawing 2-2 in the first leg to lift the trophy.

And Neil Ryan’s team won’t have to go far to find their role models, even a decade after the game.

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper and England international Sam Johnstone, Everton’s Michael Keane and his twin brother and Wigan striker Will Keane were part of United’s XI that day.

Most notably, current United first-team players Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard have also made the squad.

Red Devils fans expected the duo to reach the level of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs when they lifted the 2011 trophy.

But while Pogba and Lingard enjoyed bright spells in their senior careers at Old Trafford, the pair are now heading for the exit after a disappointing and turbulent season at the red side of Manchester.


Manchester United's last FA Youth Cup winning side featured Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, and Harry Maguire even played against them.
Lingard and Pogba also played together back then
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Manchester United's last FA Youth Cup winning side featured Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, and Harry Maguire even played against them.
Pogba’s career started with a bang at United before he left for Juventus two seasons later
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Nevertheless, the unwelcome end to their careers at Old Trafford should not deter United Under-18s from taking inspiration from them, given what the success of 2011 has meant for the careers of the current first-team stars.

“We believed and we achieved and that’s something that, if I have a message for kids and all, it’s just to believe in your dream and you can achieve it.” Pogba said during a Q&A with the fans.

Ironically, current United captain Harry Maguire also played in the 2011 draw – but for opposition Sheffield United.

But the current Under-18s certainly won’t want to emulate the Blades academy graduate’s performance, given he was stretched in the second half after a header clash.

Manchester United's last FA Youth Cup winning side featured Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, and Harry Maguire even played against them.
Maguire continued to play in the Sheffield United first team, unaware that he would eventually don the Red Devils armband
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Could there be future big United stars in Wednesday night’s squad?

Alejandro Garnacho, 17, has already been called up to the Argentina squad, while midfielder Kobbie Manioo is highly rated.

United will certainly hope to follow the path of success in the senior team.


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