Manchester United’s future is certainly bright with their Under-18 side winning the FA Youth Cup against Nottingham Forest.
They won 3-1 at Old Trafford and may have been inspired by the wise words of Cristiano Ronaldo.
A crowd of 67,000 fans were in attendance as starlet Alejandro Garnacho guided United to a 3-1 victory over Forest at the Theater Of Dreams.
One of the 17-year-old’s goals saw him win and convert a penalty for United to see them through to victory, before disappearing into the corner to replicate Ronaldo’s famous ‘Siuu’ celebration.
Many United legends past and present were on hand to watch the youth team win the prestigious FA Youth Cup.
Among them were club captain Harry Maguire, David de Gea, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay, while icons Sir Alex Ferguson and Bryan Robson also attended.
However, it was a pre-recorded video message from CR7, played before the youngsters took to the pitch, that really got the heart racing in Travis Binnion’s dressing room.
As quoted by Rising Ballers, he said, “Good luck tonight boys, I’m proud of you guys and I’m going to watch the game. You have made yourselves and your families proud.
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Ronaldo is clearly an inspirational figure for the young talent at Old Trafford, but the first team is “lost”, according to former assistant Rene Meulensteen.
He told talkSPORT Breakfast: “There were a lot of expectations, even from me. When Ronaldo arrives he comes for one reason and that is to improve the team and challenge United.
“They were second in the league so no reason to believe anything else.
“For some reason there was this lack of consistency at the start of the season and performances started to drop.
“The season has gotten more and more derailed. You saw the frustration rise when they were knocked out of this competition, then they were knocked out of the FA Cup, then they lost ground in the league.
“They changed managers against and Rangnick came in.
“Rangnick’s impact didn’t bring what everyone expected, pushing for the top four and the Champions League is so important. They went off the rails and the irritation turned into frustration.
“When I see United play, I see a team that is lost. They are completely lost. There is no cohesion, no organization, no structure, no basic thing that you need for any successful performance. is not there.
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