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Manchester United’s youth in 2013-2014… compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City

When Manchester United played Hull earlier this week, we were reminded of the five players on their books who started their football careers at United’s academy. Research from the CIES Football Observatory shows that Manchester United have produced more professional footballers than any other English club, but whilst we know our players have gone to [...]

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How Meulensteen revolutionised the youth at United

Youngster’s learning curve, The Telegraph, September 30th 2005 When Manchester United’s Academy boys glide from their dressing rooms at the club’s magnificent skill factory hidden deep in the Trafford countryside, they run past 10-foot high photographs of David Beckham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Ryan Giggs and George Best. “We want them to be inspired,” [...]

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Hull players who started their career with United

James Chester – playing today Chester, born in Warrington, joined United’s academy when he was just 8-years-old and signed on as a trainee when he was 16. He went straight into the club’s under-18 team, making 17 appearances that season. He continued in the under-18 side the following season, and scored his first goal on [...]

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Hull player: I grew up supporting United

Warrington born James Chester, who joined Hull in 2011, has spoken about the early days of his career spent at Manchester United. He joined the academy when he was 8-years-old, coming from a family of United supporters, and signed on as a trainee when he was 16-years-old. “I went when I was eight or nine [...]

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United produce more footballers than any other English club

Research by the CIES Football Observatory found that United have produced more footballers in the top five European leagues than any other English club. Looking to the clubs at Europe’s top five leagues, Barcelona, Lyon and Real Madrid are the only clubs to have produced more players. “The Premier League came up with the statistic [...]

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Scholes and Butt coaching our lads in Europe

This season a new competition has started for Under 19 teams of all the Champions League qualifiers. The teams are all in the same groups of 4 as the senior teams are and the top 2 go through to the next round. United are at a bit of a disadvantage over some of their rivals [...]

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Fergie addressed youth team problem after 4 weeks in charge

Eric Harrison, the Manchester United coach credited with bringing through that fantastic team of 1992, has claimed that he owes his ability to establish a great youth team to Sir Alex Ferguson putting faith in the academy. Harrison says that after a few weeks Ferguson spoke to him about his concerns regarding the youth team. [...]

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Scholes: Young players don’t have same chance I did

In an interview with Gary Neville, Paul Scholes has claimed that young English players have nowhere near the same opportunities he had as a kid wanting to play football. “When we were coming through, it was nearly all English players with maybe one or two Irish or Welsh,” said Scholes. “But clubs now have seven [...]

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Harrison: Wife said I was too harsh on Class of ’92

Eric Harrison, the coach hailed for bringing through the brilliant Class of ’92, has explained to Gary Neville exactly what it entails to cut it at United. He also claimed that his wife told him that he was too harsh on the youngsters, claiming that he was a ‘disgrace’ for the way he spoke to [...]

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The successes of McGuinness and Joyce at youth team level

The successes of McGuinness and Joyce at youth team level

When David Moyes was appointed manager of Manchester United, many of the regular Reserve and Youth followers feared for the fate of Reserve boss Warren Joyce and U-18 coach Paul McGuinness. With the whole scale changes that were made at first team level, it seemed a fair bet that the whole of the backroom staff [...]

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VIDEO: Januzaj’s goals vs Sunderland

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VIDEO: Powell’s goals in Europe for Wigan

pow by 21cad pow by 21cad Nick Powell scored Wigan’s first ever goal in Europe, and their third, in their 3-1 win over Maribor.

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The difference between Reserve and First Team football

The difference between Reserve and First Team football

I often get asked on Twitter, why such and such a Reserve or Youth player isn’t playing for the first team as they are playing well at the level they play at. My answer to virtually all the questions is that the player in question is simply not good enough to be involved in the [...]

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VIDEO: Will Keane scores again

2013-09-30 Manchester Senior Cup Bolton 0 – 1 Manchester United (Will Keane) from Tr16ia on Vimeo. Will Keane scored after 90 seconds for the U21s in United’s Manchester Senior Cup game against Bolton. This is his 4th goal in 3 games since returning from his long term injury. Adnan Januzaj put them 2-0 up in [...]

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Lingard with first half hattrick on Championship debut

Jesse Lingard made his debut for Birmingham today and had scored a hattrick before the game even reached half-time. With just 33 minutes played, Lingard found the back of the net three times, scoring the goals in just a 13 minute window. Frederick Macheda, on loan at Doncaster, has also scored.

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