JACK WILSHERE has taken a swipe at Manchester United fans ahead of the FA Youth Cup final.
The ex-Arsenal star and current Gunners Under-18s boss saw his side progress into the final after Myles Lewis-Skelly scored in the final seconds to beat ten-man Manchester City 2-1 after extra time.
Jack Wilshere celebrates Arsenal getting to the FA Youth Cup final with Reuell Walters
With Wilshere then taking a dig at Manchester United fans
Looking ahead to the April 29 final, Wilshere revealed his hope for a full-capacity crowd.
However, Wilshere referred to last year’s final between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest as he took a dig at United fans.
He said: “I watched the Youth Cup final last year and there was 60,000 there.
“And I know that our fans are better than Man United fans.”
United and Forest fans attended last year’s final at Old Trafford en masse and brought in a record attendance of 67,492.
Wilshere won the competition with Arsenal in 2009 in front of 33,662 fans at the Emirates, and urged the Gunners fans for a large turnout.
“I hope we can [get a big crowd]. I don’t see why not. I think we had like 25,000 in 2009, it was nice.
“So listen, let’s build it. I watch the women’s games and that energy and that feeling they create.
“What the fans can create, is special. I want the players to experience that. Let’s get the fans down and get their support.”
The young Gunners will find out their opponent on Thursday when the other semi-final between West Ham and Southampton commences.
On getting to the final, Wilshere added: “It hasn’t sunk in.
“Honestly, and right now it’s obviously fresh, but that feeling… I can’t even explain what it felt like, that moment.
“It’s relief, joy, love for the players, emotions – everything.
“Right now, it feels like one of the top moments of my career.
“Obviously as a coach as I am young coach, but as a player as well it feels like it’s up there.”