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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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United youngsters to keep on eye out for

United youngsters to keep on eye out for

For this article, I thought I would look at the 3 players who I think have improved the most over the current season for the U-18 team. It’s been a disappointing season in the main but that can partly be put down to the fact that a lot of this year’s crop are either first [...]

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United sign Serbian goalie

United sign Serbian goalie

The club has today confirmed that they have reached an agreement with FK Vojvodina for the transfer of Serbian Under-17 international goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic. In April, the 6ft 7in goalie had a trial at Carrington, where he obviously impressed the coaches. Milinkovic made six appearances for Serbia in the qualifying phase for the UEFA Under-17 [...]

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Ben Pearson – Giving the midfield a bit of bite

Ben Pearson – Giving the midfield a bit of bite

A brave new world awaits under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal next summer, but regardless of who the Dutchman moves for in the summer, an existing flaw looks set to carry through into his reign: a weakness in midfield. Even if reports are to be believed that Kevin Strootman could be on his way [...]

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After beating Liverpool, U-21s only have Chelsea left to beat…

Last Friday night saw U-21 travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the U-21 play off semi final. United got this far after a nail biter in the last league game of the season, needing a win at Reading, United trailed 2-1 with less that 10 minutes to go but managed to pull a [...]

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Giggs: You have to give young players a chance

In what was probably Ryan Giggs’ last game at Old Trafford as interim manager and player, he made the decision to start 18-year-old James Wilson and 20-year-old Tom Lawrence. “He’s a goalscorer – a natural goalscorer; but he’s got more to his game than just that,” said Giggs. “He can turn and run and he’s [...]

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United U-21s beat Liverpool

Liverpool finished three points above United in the U-21 table but tonight, at Anfield, United beat them 1-0 in the semi-final play-off. Andreas Pereira scored a fantastic goal just before half-time to put United in to the final. They now have to face Chelsea in the final to retain the silverware they won last season [...]

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United U-21s in the play-offs

United U-21s in the play-offs

Manchester United are in to the end of season play-offs after beating Reading 3-2 away. Amos, Varela, McNair, Ekangamene, James, Rowley, Pearson, Janko, Rothwell, A.Pereira and Wilson were in the starting line-up. Chelsea, Liverpool, United and Fulham currently make up the top four in the table, although City could replace Fulham on goal difference. James [...]

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