Manchester United reserves beat City 2-0 to win the Senior Cup

by Sam Peoples

Fans invade the pitch after the full time whistle.

The reserves clinched their second piece of silverware of the season with a 2-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad to lift the Senior Cup. It marks the end to a great season for the reserves who have impressed with winning ways and the future certainly looks bright for United from within.

It wasn’t a vintage performance but a good finish from Will Keane halfway through the second half after a fantastic pass from Davide Petrucci gave them the lead. With their backs to the wall for the majority of the second half, the team defended excellently and Giverin broke away late on to seal the victory with a lung busting run from his own half before finishing with aplomb.

Not even a full scale pitch invasion from fans could ruin the celebration as United lifted the Senior Cup in the Etihad. I have to say that the fans were in great voice tonight but in quite a different light, we all heard City fans resorting to ‘Munich’ chants on more than one occasion. The levels City fans stoop to on a regular basis never ceases to amaze me.

It’s amazing to win the trophy at the Etihad. We wanted to come here and do the first team proud and get some pride back – Will Keane 

We are very happy to win against City. We lost against City during the season so we wanted to make sure we beat them tonight – Davide Petrucci

The inclusion of Paul Pogba from the start, after he was supposed to be out for the season, was a surprise for me but tonight might of helped make his mind up. Spotted smiling with the trophy after the match, he may well decide that he has already found his home and as his agent has already admitted that Sir Alex is having a major influence on his decision, I think we might see Pogba stay. Here’s to hoping.

The reserves celebrate winning the Reserves League North this season. Photo: John Peters (Getty Images)

It has been a fantastic season for the reserves that has seen them win the league and cup double. Warren Joyce has done a fantastic job in bringing the winning mentality through from the FA Youth Cup victory of last season and transferring it into the reserves.

A lot of players are looking like they have real class. Will Keane, with his insatiable desire to score goals; Davide Petrucci, with his pinpoint passing and intelligent play; Ryan Tunnicliffe with his dogged battle-hardened approach to the game; Michael Keane looking all the part like a centre-back destined for big things.

To have a winning mentality instilled in these players at such a young age can do absolutely no harm. Success breeds success and with wonderful players being brought up through the veins of the club as has always been traditional, United look set for a future littered with talent from within.

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