Blades meet Port Vale tonight

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SHEFFIELD United entertain Port Vale in the FA Youth Cup this evening (kick-off 7pm).

Last season’s beaten finalists battle it out with the League Two club, now coached by former United defender Robert Page, for the right to face Southampton in the third round of the competition.

John Pemberton, United’s academy director, said: “We have watched Port Vale, gathered DVD’s and they are a team that likes to go and play.”

Meanwhile, Johnny Ertl, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Chris Porter are all scheduled to feature for the reserves in their Central League fixture with Nottingham Forest this afternoon. (kick-off 2pm).

Danny Philliskirk is also expected to be involved at the New Manor Ground, Ilkeston, after returning from his loan spell at Oxford.