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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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United’s next star is already in the ranks

Although I have written about James Wilson before, I couldn’t let the chance of writing about his recent performance in an U-21 game at Wolves pass The game was switched from Telford back to Molineux, giving the young lads an opportunity to play at a proper League stadium instead of some of the non-league pits [...]

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MATCH REPORT: U-18s vs Middlesbrough

Last weekend I attended the U-18 game v Middlesbrough at Carrington. United came into the game in awful form following a run of 5 consecutive defeats including a very poor performance at Huddersfield in the FA Youth Cup where United lost 2-1. Although there was only a single goal in it, United only created 2 [...]

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How do our youth teams look in comparison to City’s?

The last week or so has seen both our U-21 and U-18 play home games against our rich neighbours from across town. That gave us an opportunity to see how we compared to a team that is throwing money at all levels of the club. First up was the U-21, played at Salford. Before the [...]

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James Wilson – United’s striking hope for the future

Although Manchester United have, by far, the best record for playing home grown talent since the last World War, the 2 positions we have struggled to make a breakthrough in the last 25 years has been Goalkeeper and a Striker. Why that is I really cannot figure out as we have done really well in [...]

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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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