Manchester United have had some legendary players come through the academy. Yet, the noughties was a time that few star players broke through into the first-team and made a significant mark on the side. Manchester United fans are preparing for the Europa League round of 32 and this betting guide will help supporters with tips and bet bonuses before they wager on the games.
Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, and Mason Greenwood are three of the shining lights to come through the academy in recent seasons. Yet, before that trio got to the first-team, several of Manchester United’s Academy Players of the Year failed to make the grade. The years of 2004 to 2009 saw some memorable names that never made a mark.
Jonathan Spector: 2004
A Manchester United scout spotted Johnathan Spector in 2003 when he was 17-years old. The American defender was quickly signed to the club and thanks to having a German passport, Spector was able to go right into the academy despite being American. Spector played just three times for Manchester United’s first-team in the Premier League and has since pulled on the shirts for Charlton Athletic, West Ham, Birmingham City, Orlando City, and Hibernian. Unfortunately, injuries have wrecked his career.
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Giuseppe Rossi: 2005
Like Spector, injuries ruined Giuseppe Rossi’s career after he found success away from Old Trafford. Rossi joined the club from Italian side Parma but only played five matches for the Red Devils first-team. After moving to Villarreal in 2007, Rossi starred and became a fixture in the Italian national team. Knee injuries halted his career causing him to go on a sojourn with Fiorentina, Celta Vigo, Levante, and most recently Genoa.
Darron Gibson: 2006
In terms of trophies, Darron Gibson had the best career at Old Trafford of the men on this list. He won a league championship and two League Cups before moving to Everton in 2012. A transfer to Sunderland followed before joining Wigan Athletic. Gibson was released by the Latics at the end of the 2018-19 season and is without a club.
Craig Cathcart: 2007
Northern Irishman Craig Cathcart never played a senior Premier League match for Manchester United. He did spend time with Royal Antwerp, Plymouth Argyle, and Watford on loan. After a spell at Blackpool, Cathcart returned to Watford in 2014 where he has played over 125 times.
Danny Welbeck: 2008
Striker Danny Welbeck played regularly for three seasons at Manchester United appearing mostly as a back-up. He was successful in his role scoring 20 league goals in 92 league games. That’s a goal every 4.6 games. Welbeck moved onto Arsenal before landing at Watford this season.
Federico Macheda: 2009
Signed from Lazio’s academy, big things were expected for Federico Macheda. He never met the high expectations placed upon his shoulders, however. In all, Macheda has played for nine different teams since initially being loaned out by the Red Devils in 2011. According to one source, Macheda failed because he stopped working hard at the club.