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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 that we have got the most homegrown players competing in league football and that is a credit to our Academy,” explained Reserves coach Warren Joyce. “It is especially satisfying that many of these are local lads who have been with us since an early age.”

On Boxing Day United face Hull, who have five United academy youth products in their ranks – Robbie Brady, James Chester, Paul McShane, Joe Dudgeon, Cameron Stewart and Alex Bruce.

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  1. wayne barker says:

    Long may it last i’ve no issues with signing quality players but a team of Rent Boys just dosen’t do it for me.The lads who don’t make it normally go on and have decent careers at other teams so overall Utd’s academy is a benefit to English Football.

  2. Fletch™ says:

    Fair credit to the Academy.. Long may it continue.

    Steve Bruce is doing well with Hull, Don’t wish them any luck at all v us, but will always enjoy seeing Brucie and any of our youngsters. Robbie Brady a tidy player at times.

  3. Fletch™ says:

    Except in the case of Morrison, a feature of most United products is characters.

  4. Fletch™ says:

    Speaking of Youth products:

    Adnan Januzaj:
    On a game for game average, the most fouled player in the Premier League. via Simon Stone

  5. Tommy says:

    I love to see our youth players doing well, Their all garenteed a career in the game if they put the effort in, Fergie always said that he liked to give players an education in life as well as football, I always look out for United graduates accross the football league, fills me with pride when they do well. @Fletch merry christmas mate, have a good one pal!

  6. warrored says:

    No surprise really. The great thing is if they don’t make it at Utd they wil still get a decent career. ABUs mock, especially the JCL City fans saying I thought all united players were home grown etc just to cover for their failings. When Arsenals project of taking the best talent from everyone else also failed despite them all being hailed as world beaters and Wenger a genius, where are they now? Fuck me we did that with Rooney Ronaldo Jones The Twins Januzaj Pique Rossi Pogba and where are they now? Now we are back to developing home grown again and the future looks brilliant for our kids. Any way Have a great Xmas fellow reds. Onwards and upwards, we are starting to get in the groove.

  7. NefariousVirtuoso88 says:

    Wellbeck, Cleverley, Ravel, Pogba and Januzaj all in recent years.

    If the youth setup at United isn’t the best its very very close.

  8. Maltamanc says:

    Merry Christmas to all posters on ROM … Merry Christmas Scott …. GGMU !!! Come on United, let’s get some silverware in 2014 :) :)

  9. The One says:

    No surprise really, United have always had the reputation for producing quality from our academy. What the research has merely done is just to confirm what’s already known. I’ve always been proud of our reserve team and academy team and and players, and like many posters have already said, if they don’t make it at United, they find decent careers at other clubs. We definitely have far more players from our academy playing in the premier league and in the lower leagues than any other premier league clubs clubs.

  10. dazbomber says:

    7 players unavailable , any team without Rooney and RVP would struggle , we won two away games in two days hopefully beat Spurs and get some one in you never know.

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