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McNair: I grew up wanting to play for United

Paddy McNair started training with Manchester United when he was 12-years-old so grew up wanting to play for the club. He can hardly believe that now he has played in a Manchester derby. “When I was growing up, I always wanted to play for Manchester United, and now I am playing in Manchester derbies, so [...]

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LvG: Wilson and McNair could be the key to our success

Louis van Gaal has been singing the praises of James Wilson who was given his debut at the end of last season when Ryan Giggs was manager. “He has already been knocking on the door for a long time, that I have said in many press conferences,” he said. “That is not only because he [...]

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Rooney: Captaincy means I have responsibility with youth

Wayne Rooney has revealed that the captaincy has seen him have a more influential role with the young players at Manchester United. There are different things you have to get involved in, in terms of meetings outside the club and trying to have an influence on the youth development in the club. So certain things [...]

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Wilson: Great watching Ruud score for the team I supported

James Wilson has spoken to MUTV about which strikers have been his favourite. Wayne Rooney – “He broke through at Everton when he was 16 or 17 which was a similar age to me [when I made my debut]. Then he got regular first-team football from then on, so that’s an inspiration for me. He’s [...]

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United’s youth system second best in Europe

United’s youth system second best in Europe

New research by the CIES Football Observatory has revealed that only one club in Europe has produced more footballers currently playing in Europe’s top leagues. United currently have developed 36 players compared to Barcelona’s 43, but completely outshine every other English club in terms of player production. 2. Manchester United – 36 players 9. Arsenal [...]

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Wilson: Van Gaal wanted me to have 49 shirt

James Wilson’s squad number has changed from 47 to 49, as we saw for the first time in United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea yesterday. The youngster has revealed that Louis van Gaal, bizarrely, told him to make the change. “I asked why it had changed as it wasn’t my decision and, because I’m a striker, [...]

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Carrick: Wilson is a goal machine

Michael Carrick played his first game in months last night in the U-21′s 2-1 victory over West Ham. After the match, he sung the praises of James Wilson, who scored the first goal. “He is just a goal machine,” he told MUTV. “He’s like that in training and scores all the time. It’s a great [...]

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Rooney: McNair was tremendous

Paddy McNair made his first team debut at the weekend against West Ham, following a defensive crisis. Wayne Rooney, who was sent off in the game, has sung the praises of the youngster. “That was probably one of the bigger tests a young defender can face, up against a team putting in lots of crosses [...]

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Thorpe: I’m a United fan so making my debut was great

Manchester United’s U-21 captain, Tom Thorpe, made his debut against West Ham at the weekend. Thorpe was born in Manchester and joined the academy as a teenager, so was obviously thrilled to get his first appearance for the first XI. “Obviously I was delighted to get on and hopefully there is more to come,” he [...]

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Van Gaal gives debut to seven youth team players

After just seven games in charge, Louis van Gaal has given debuts to seven youth team players at Manchester United. For four of those, their debuts were in Premier League games. Tyler Blackett, Jesse Lingard, Paddy McNair and Tom Thorpe have all represented United in the league, while Saidy Janko, Andreas Periera and Reece James [...]

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LvG ready to give more youngsters their debut

Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are all missing this weekend’s game through injury. Tyler Blackett, who Louis van Gaal gave his debut to this season, is unavailable after being sent off against Leicester. The manager might be able to bring together a back four of Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Rafael [...]

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United’s record with youth compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackburn

United’s record with youth compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackburn

In response to Mike Phelan’s claims that Manchester United had “lost their way” following the sale of Danny Welbeck, Jason Burt wrote for The Telegraph about United’s history of youth team players. He claimed “it is a myth that United have always had a team overbrimming with local players and youth team products”. Whilst we [...]

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Is United’s focus on youth a “myth”?

Is United’s focus on youth a “myth”?

The sale of Danny Welbeck has prompted a lot of discussion over the past few weeks in regards to Manchester United and their tradition of bringing through young players. Mike Phelan claimed “they have probably lost the way of Manchester United a little bit”, as if Welbeck was the first former academy player to be [...]

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Have United sold their soul?

If you hadn’t heard already, United have dissolved the academy and now intend to break the transfer record with every new signing. Like Chelsea and Manchester City, we don’t play any of the players we have produced ourselves, we don’t nurture top division quality talent, and are just attempting to buy success. We have next [...]

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Manchester United academy sales

1991-1992 Mark Robins – £800k (£1.5m) 1992-1993 Darren Ferguson – £250k (£450k) Lee Martin – £350k (£630k) 1993-1994 Colin McKee – £265k (£470k) 1994-1995 Keith Gillespie – £1m (1.7m) Richard Irving – £75k (£130k) Ashley Westwood – £40k (£70k) 1995-1996 Gary Walsh – £250k (£420k) 1997-1998 Ben Thornley – £175k (£280k) Grant Brebner – £300k [...]

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