JOHN Pemberton has vowed his team will not be cowed into submission by Manchester United’s fearsome reputation during this evening’s FA Youth Cup final first-leg at Bramall Lane.
Instead Pemberton, Sheffield United’s academy director, promised the South Yorkshire club will be going “all out” for victory against the nine-time winners.
“We’ll be positive,” he told The Star. “We’re going into both these games looking to win them, not win one and then try and hold on in the other.
“That’s the attitude we’ve got. Hopefully, if everything goes well, the supporters will be able to see a group of lads who do themselves and the club proud.
“Manchester United like to play football too so it should be a good, exciting contest.”
Nearly 30,000 spectators are expected to watch Pemberton’s youngsters, who reached the final for the first time in United’s history courtesy of a 3-0 aggregate victory over Aston Villa last month, lock horns with opponents who booked their place by dispatching holders Chelsea.
Ravel Morrison - who made his senior debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers in October – and striker Will Keane – who scored a hat-trick against the Londoners in the previous round – are both set to feature for the visitors.
Several members of Pemberton’s squad, including Jordan Slew, Harry Maguire and Matthew Harriott, featured for United towards the end of the 2010/11 Championship campaign with at least two of those who travelled to Swansea City earlier this month set to undergo late fitness tests.
With the second leg taking place at Old Trafford on Monday, Pemberton said: “It really does mean a lot that so many are coming.
“God willing, we’ll be able to put in a performance that shows them what we’re all about.”