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Manchester United confirm Old Trafford sell-out for Nottingham Forest FA Youth Cup final

Manchester United have confirmed there will be a sell-out crowd for Wednesday evening's FA Youth Cup final against Nottingham Forest.

Forest's under-18 side will face the Red Devils, with both sets of youngsters set to play in front of a packed out Old Trafford crowd as they bid to lift the coveted trophy. Warren Joyce's side have reached the final of the competition for the first time in Forest's history, but will be hoping to go one step further when they head to Manchester for the rare opportunity to play in front of a sold out Old Trafford crowd (kick off 7:30pm).

United's official website confirmed on Tuesday evening that more than 70,000 tickets have been sold for the match, including 6,000 away fans. Tickets for the fixture were sold for just £1 and all the proceeds went towards the Manchester United Foundation, with the aim of helping disadvantaged children across Greater Manchester.

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The full capacity crowd at Old Trafford also means the fixture will be set to smash the Youth Cup attendance. Forest U18 boss Joyce said: “You’re pleased for the players and the parents here. And for Gary Brazil and all the staff who have put in a lot of hard work over the years.

“There’s been a lot of players produced here over the years, who have done well for the first-team and for other clubs. We’ve got really good standards at the club, and there’s a good culture. The manager, with the way the first-team are, down through the reserves and the academy, there’s a good culture. There’s some good people here.

“You like to think that good things happen to good people. Certainly, you’re delighted for the parents and the boys, for the hours and hours they’ve driven them around or sat in a cold car park in the winter waiting to pick the boys up and take them home. To see their children play at a stadium like that must be very, very special for them. You’re pleased for them, really.

“And you’re also pleased for the fans as well. We’re really grateful for how many people have made the effort to go. It’s a final at Old Trafford. It’s special. Hopefully they can sing and shout louder than the Man United fans."

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