Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has urged the Red Devils not to abandon their proud youth policy
Manchester United have always been a club that his prided itself in giving young players from their academy a chance in the first team and this fact has been evidenced by the fabled ‘Busby Babes’ and ‘Class of ‘92’.
The likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Wilf McGuinness, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Gary Neville were just some of the names who progressed from the United youth ranks to become club legends and the fans most certainly possess a soft spot for their academy graduates.
Since the appointment of Louis van Gaal as manager though, United have adopted a philosophy of buying foreign stars rather than giving homegrown players a chance and the fact that the likes of Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher have all left under the Dutchman is a testament to this fact.
Even youth products such as James Wilson, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett are hardly afforded any chance in the first team whatsoever and United seem to be abandoning their proud tradition of giving academy graduates a proper chance to flourish in the first team.
Now Sir Alex Ferguson has gone on to speak regarding United’s new approach and has urged the club not to put their youngsters in the backburner.
The legendary Scot stated that United have historically always been a club which prides itself on their homegrown talent and added that the fans love to see youth products being successful at the club rather than purchasing foreign talent.
Speaking to ESPN, Ferguson said, “That would apply to almost every club apart from Manchester United because, to be honest with you, in the history of Manchester United from Matt Busby’s days to my time, that has to really be a foundation of the club; it has to be the strongest point.
“And that’s what I honestly believe the supporters want to see. Man United supporters want to see the young players coming through. So I think in other circumstances you are correct but, for Manchester United, they will always be a very strong in bringing young players through.”