Sheffield United’s players have received an extra incentive to impress when they visit Millwall in the FA Youth Cup this evening.
Travis Binnion’s side, who will face Everton in the fifth round if they overcome the Championship club, last night heard first team manager Nigel Clough confirm he will be closely monitoring performances at The New Den.
“I’m looking forward to the game,” Clough said. “There are four of five really good prospects in there and it will be another important part of the whole group’s education; playing at a different ground and other elements of their profession.”
United reached the final of the competition three years ago and five members of that squad, including Harry Maguire and Callum McFadzean, were named in Clough’s matchday 18 for last weekend’s League One fixture against Bradford City.
Binnon’s youngsters set-up their meeting with Millwall courtesy of wins over Oldham Athletic, Worcester City and Bolton Wanderers where, despite conceding a late equaliser, United progressed 4-3 on penalties. Otis Khan and Connor Dimaio were among the goalscorers at The Reebok Stadium.
Millwall, who entered at the third round stage, beat Bradford last month.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, among five members of United’s Redtooth Academy offered professional contracts earlier this season, was rewarded for his recent efforts with a place on the bench when Clough’s team overcame Aston Villa in the FA Cup proper 16 days ago.
“Millwall will be a good test,” Clough said. “Because, no matter what the size of the crowd, it is an intimidating place to go and play your football. We’ll be watching with interest.”