Why Fergie will be desperate Manchester United u21s beat Tottenham

Manchester United and Tottenham will face off in the final of the Premier League's inaugural under-21 competition.

Manchester United's under-21 side dispatched rivals Liverpool 3-0 this evening, thanks to a hat-trick from Larnell Cole which included two penalties.

There they will face a Tottenham side who have been the class of the competition the entire season, topping the Elite Group stage when it finished at the end of last month.

The top four teams went into a 'play-off' for semi-finals and a final, with Tottenham coming through their match last night against Everton thanks to a brace from recently returned loanee Jon Obika.

It sets up a pulsating final clash between Spurs and United, with a real edge to it.

That is largely down to Ezekiel Fryers, the Tottenham defender who signed for them in January from Standard Liege in a deal which left Sir Alex Ferguson filled with rage.

Fryers was a United player up until last summer when he decided not to sign a new contract, with Spurs trying to sign him.

The two clubs clashed over a compensation fee, required because of Fryers' age, and the case looked set to go to tribunal with United potentially receiving up to £6 million.

Instead Spurs suddenly dropped their interest as the player went to Standard Liege instead in Belgium, but when he was sold onto Spurs in January, Sir Alex Ferguson threatened to report Tottenham to the FA.

In the end he must have found Spurs did nothing wrong, officially at least, because no complaint was made, and Fryers has been with the youth side ever since in North London.

But that won't stop the competitive side in the recently retired Sir Alex Ferguson being desperate for United's under-21 side to beat Spurs as they did when the two teams last met.

Fryers was caught napping for the decisive goal in that encounter, and he will be desperate to make amends and prove a point. If not, then Sir Alex Ferguson may just have the last laugh after all.

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