Manchester United’s U19s are through to the final of the Mercedes Benz Junior Cup for the first time since the club began competing in the tournament in 2013.
The Reds beat Grasshopper Club Zurich with an emphatic 6-0 win, which made up for the defeat that the Swiss side had inflicted in the opening game of United’s campaign.
An early shot from Zurich seemed to signal that it would be an even match but Cameron Borthwick-Jackson gave United the lead and the Reds, playing in the blue away strip, looked comfortable from then on. Marcus Rashford scored on the stroke of half-time to double United’s lead. Charlie Scott was integral in the build-up and cleverly used the hoardings to send the ball into the danger area for Rashford to pounce on.
United dominated the second half. Tyler Reid kept possession at the back and backheeled the ball to Joe Riley. Riley then went on a fantastic jinking run up the pitch. The move and Riley’s run deserved a goal but the shot went wide. Fortunately Oliver Rathbone was on hand to slot home the rebound.
Devonte Redmond added United’s fourth goal, as Marcus Rashford jumped out of the way of his shot. Shortly afterwards, Rathbone scored his second of the game. Borthwick-Jackson had a shot ricochet off the crossbar, it fell to Riley whose shot was blocked and once again Rathbone was there to provide the finishing touch.
Redmond neatly rounded off the game with a brace, his second and United’s sixth. United had broken with three against two and Scott unselfishly passed to Redmond to seal a convincing win.
United will face VfB Stuttgart in the final of the tournament at 4pm. Live streaming will be available here.