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Fergie: We’re The Best At Producing Youth

Sunday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle was the 3,600th consecutive game that United had former youth team players involved in the squad. Jonny Evans, who joined the club when he was 9-years-old, and Tom Cleverley, who joined when he was 12, both got their names on the scoresheet.

Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the work we do with bringing through young players and reckons we’re not short of achieving what Barcelona have with their youth players.

“Over the years, we’ve been as good as anyone in the country, probably the best, at doing that,” he told Inside United. “You look at the way Barcelona have produced players and we’re not far off that. We’ve had so many players come through down the years and, more recently, we’ve had the likes of Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Rafael come into the first team. Then you’ve got players like Ryan Tunnicliffe, Jesse Lingard and Michael and Will Keane, who are all part of a successful youth team. They’re progressing very well. So we’re still good at it [developing young players] and we enjoy seeing them come into the first-team squad.”


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123 Comments

  1. tom c says:

    ha.

    thank god the real Shinji isn’t as much of a cunt as the one we have on the Mancunian Republik!

  2. tom c says:

    fucking iPad.

  3. T4M says:

    The goal keeping debate. Hmm well the issue here is that de gea has enormous potential and lindergard is more stable but has less potential. The problem is That are you willing to play a keeper every game to enable him to fulfil his potential but he may cost us goals by making mistakes. In the long run you cannot develop shot stopping skills as they are to do with reflex which is more natural while pressence in the area etc is something u can develop. Brings me to the conclusion that rotating is the only solution. We play over 50 games a season and 25 games each goalkeeper is more than fair. De gea needs the experience but in some games lindergard steady hands will be helpful.

  4. bRed says:

    lol goat always cracks me up.

    Spot on about the toddler Tiote. What a retard.

  5. T. says:

    And i still think Sir Alex is overcautious when he let the yougsters get a start in our first team. Pogba and Fryers left because of it. But it is always beautiful when u see one of our flowers starting to bloom.

    To count the Da silvas as our own products…well that is simply not true. He was 18 when he arrived and almost immidiatly got some chances in the A-team. Where do we draw the line for a player that we produced? Rooney? DDG?

  6. rohan_19 says:

    Regarding the diamond formation.
    i think it was slightly unbalanced vs newcastle. but it paid off because of their weak defence and our team’s excellent play.
    against some of the tougher teams, ‘d like us to replace welbeck with right footed CM, maybe fletcher when he’s fully fit, or move clev to the right and play ando on the left of the diamond..
    kagawa, rooney and rvp can play as a fluid front three, any one of them can drop back and link play.
    think it would be more lethal that way…

    DDG
    rafa smalling evans evra
    clev/fletch carrick ando/clev
    kagawa
    rvp rooney

    it would be extremely narrow, but also really unpredictable in an attacking sense.

  7. rohan_19 says:

    Our youth system is excellent.. however they all are maybe a year off from really making the step up..
    the only player i see really breaking in this year is tunnicliffe.
    the thing with the current youth team is mainly that they are physically slight. also who are we to decide when they are ready?
    guys criticize fergie for bringing on scholes and giggs in the last match when he could have got on youth players. thing is, giggs, scholes beckham etc were a rare bunch. youth players of that calibre come along ever so often. look at ravel morrison for example.. he had the chance to break in, but his impatience cost him his career..

  8. rohan_19 says:

    Phelan has been Sir Alex’s right hand man during two Premier League title campaigns, a Club World Cup, two League Cups and guided Manchester United to two Champions League finals. As First Team Coach, Manchester United won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, a League Cup, and a Champions League.

    carlos queiroz stats :

    Premier League (3): 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08
    FA Cup (1): 2003–04
    League Cup (1): 2005–06
    FA Charity/Community Shield (2): 2007, 200
    UEFA Champions League (1): 2007–08
    FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008

    if phelan won that much with united, he obviously can’t be as bad as you say. we reached two champions league finals, only to be defeated by a much better team. im not sure how CQ would’ve prevented that.
    right shinji? maybe you should go clean coaches? just an idea.

  9. rohan_19 says:

    also our worst spell with a horrendous midfield coincided with CQ being fergie’s no. 2, so now what would you have him do?

  10. Proverb says:

    Wasted talent, brain check required to save this kid, utterly troublesome no wonder sir alex offloaded him

  11. samuel - united WE stand says:

    T – fergie knows the right time play them. They all possess talent but you have to introduce them to the top level gradually. I don’t think he’s overly cautious, he picks a younger when he deems them ready. Rafael for example has gathered so many appearances, the brazilian has not looked back since his debut at 18 and was certainly ready. It’s simple, all the younger have to step up and show reliability added with talent. The manager has never shirked away from playing youth, it’s what brings him the most joy, watching a younger player develop and fufill their promise.

  12. Redbilly says:

    From united to west ham then a championship club who wish to off load him . A negative working model of how not to conduct oneself can prove useful to other youngsters. Pity he’s so talented and could have been a united player of the future.

  13. mara says:

    @ Masafu Musalo Ezra says:

    No, i dont see that…maybe i m blind….I have no time to tell you how many good players came from RM youth sistem…you cant even imagine…
    Like Costas say….we could have more players from youth sistem if SAF gave them a chance. Some of them got a chance, some of them didnt…

  14. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Another case of “talent is not enough” regarding morrison. He has ability but doesn’t look comitted enough to cultivate it. Temprament is an important key to making it as a great or ending up behind those with such lofty status. C.Ronaldo for example, for all his obvious talent, has put in the shift to be the player he is today (partly aided by united of course). Morrison i’m afraid is heading downwards and it’s not with delight that I say this but with disappointment as i’ve watched him develop at youth level, felt he was bound to make that step up but bad attitude has destroyed a potentially blossoming career at united. He’s not ready to change and has a terrible personality drawing him back.

    Fergie is not one to give up on younger players but even the master puppeteer of youth developing can pack it in when he sees a lack of desire and hunger from younger players who have not made it yet. Pogba and fryers, two big time charlies that demand they should be lifted to dizzying heights without stepping their game up or proving anything. They aren’t cut out for manchester united’s philosophy, rightly kicked out or in fryers’ case, abscond.

    Looking through united’s youth system now, i’m brimming with delight. Not for a while have we seen a collection of talents waiting to make the step up. All seem to possess the right attitude and all I hope are wanting to put the shift in. Talents lie in the club, we just have to be patient because if they hopefully step up, they will fly the club’s flag. For me (and I don’t know about anyone else), I get great satisfaction in watching the younger players’ exuberance in their first steps at the highest level. I prefer to see them in the team, more so than any marquee signing. Watching barca name 8 of their youth product in the team has gotta be something we aspire to and I believe and hope we get close to that at least some-day, won’t be easy but it’s achieveable. I also understand you need that right blend, quality players have to be signed as wel. Patience patience and patience is needed.

  15. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Another case of “talent is not enough” regarding morrison. He has ability but doesn’t look comitted enough to cultivate it. Temprament is an important key to making it as a great or ending up behind those with such lofty status. C.Ronaldo for example, for all his obvious talent, has put in the shift to be the player he is today (partly aided by united of course). Morrison i’m afraid is heading downwards and it’s not with delight that I say this but with disappointment as i’ve watched him develop at youth level, felt he was bound to make that step up but bad attitude has destroyed a potentially blossoming career at united. He’s not ready to change and has a terrible personality drawing him back.

    Fergie is not one to give up on younger players but even the master puppeteer of youth developing can pack it in when he sees a lack of desire and hunger from younger players who have not made it yet. Pogba and fryers, two big time charlies that demand they should be lifted to dizzying heights without stepping their game up or proving anything. They aren’t cut out for manchester united’s philosophy, rightly kicked out or in fryers’ case, abscond.

    Looking through united’s youth system now, i’m brimming with delight. Not for a while have we seen a collection of talents waiting to make the step up. All seem to possess the right attitude and all I hope are wanting to put the shift in. Talents lie in the club, we just have to be patient because if they hopefully step up, they will fly the club’s flag. For me (and I don’t know about anyone else), I get great satisfaction in watching the younger players’ exuberance in their first steps at the highest level. I prefer to see them in the team, more so than any marquee signing. Watching barca name 8 of their youth product in the team has gotta be something we aspire to and I believe and hope we get close to that at least some-day, won’t be easy but it’s achieveable. I also understand you need that right blend, quality players have to be signed as wel. Patience patience and patience is needed…

  16. samuel - united WE stand says:

    It’s a complete myth that the manager does not give youth a chance. He’s just not daft enough to throw them in if he doesn’t deem them ready. The ladder to the top level has to be climbed on carefully, you can’t rush it.

  17. Pal Ghai says:

    New thread up folks

  18. Red Robin says:

    I think Ninja is bin dipper in disguise.

  19. Proverb says:

    Absolutely samuel, you are spot on, one younger player I think will make it big in top level is angelo heriquez, a very versatile player and seems to posses all the ability required to succeed in top level. Watching rooney today and the shift he putted temperament wise, bring this thought everybody has been talking about, sir alex is a great menguider really brought the wayneboy’s attitude and temperament to a level of a top drawer professional. Great job he did to put wazza on the right frame of mind, now ripping the rewards his performance vs newcastle still bring me to tear commitment and passion wise really chuffed we have him here.

  20. kungfoocantona says:

    DENTON

    im sorry for da poor gramma i hope i dina offend ye. im so so sorry m8 :) my macbook changes fucking words all the time so not much i can do there im afraid cause i aint going back through a bloody post to change some of the words…..but is that all you have to winge about?

  21. YorYor says:

    But didn’t everyone say we bought all our titles? Those tossers.

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