Four Old Trafford victories - against Scunthorpe United, Everton, Leicester City and Wolves - and an away win at Reading have secured United’s place in the FA Youth Cup final, a first for the club since 2011.
With 52,000 tickets sold for the momentous Old Trafford occasion on Wednesday 11 May, excitement is growing, and that anticipation has proved a key learning tool all throughout the tournament.
“The lads are competitive by nature anyway,” Binnion began.
“But when they realise it’s 11 players to be picked and you win or you’re out, it goes up. And then obviously the more momentum you build through the competition, stakes are raised, so the lads are really at it.