Feb 17 2016

United’s Academy must move forward, says Butt

Nicky Butt revealed he’s very proud to have been named the new Academy coach at Manchester United and that he was looking forward to get started.

Butt, whose appointment to replace Brian McClair was announced on Monday, was adamant the club had all it needed to bridge the gap with its rivals, whose youth sectors have overtaken United’s in recent years.

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Jul 28 2014

Video: Mr Mujac on the impact of LvG

Unied v City AcademyI think you might find this interesting if, like me, you’re interested in the history and the future of Manchester United’s Academy system.

Tony Park, AKA @MrMujac, is a lifelong United supporter with a knowledge far richer than most, especially about United’s youth system. Regularly found following the youth teams home and away, Tony’s views are certainly to be respected.

In this short video, Tony talks about the impact Louis van Gaal may have on United in general, why particular youth players went on tour and what van Gaal’s introduction means to players hoping to make the step from youth football to the Premier League.

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Jun 27 2014

Butt to continue as United coach

Tag: Academy,Manchester United News @ 11:19 am

65433.3Nicky Butt is expected to remain as Manchester United as a coach once the Louis Van Gaal era finally gets underway in its earnest, with the former United midfielder set to continue his role with the club’s academy.

A product of the Class of ’92, Butt will continue to manage the Under-19 side in the UEFA Youth League and he’ll also continue to work alongside Warren Joyce with the Under-21 side, after having being temporarily promoted to the first team fold by Ryan Giggs when the Welshman replaced David Moyes for the last four games of last season.

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Apr 27 2014

Is Manchester United Youth Star Ben Pearson The Next Roy Keane

Roy keaneWhen we think of club legend Roy Keane, there are 3 things that immediately come to mind. A leader, a fighter and a tough tackler. The man, in the middle of the park was immense and became one of the most influential players on the pitch, so can 19 year old youth starlet, Ben Pearson follow in his footsteps at Manchester United.

 He along side Paul Scholes, formed one of the best midfield partnerships the Premiership has ever seen. Scholes was the man who ran the show using his feet from the midfield. His spectacular passing, grace and composure on the ball is unrivaled by any player to wear a Red Shirt in recent memory.

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Mar 01 2014

Is this United youngster the next Adnan Januzaj?

andreas-pereira-charni-ekangamene-adnan-januzaj-manchester-united_3059181“If you’re good enough, you’re old enough” These are the words of Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton. A man who is a supporter of the youth system at Manchester. A system that has produced world class talents such as Paul Scholes and George Best.

The system some believe, reached its peak when it produced some of the finest players of their generation in an exceptionally small space of time. These players were Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, the Neville brothers and Nicky Butt. These famous graduates were crowned the Class of 92′ as they lead Manchester United to title after title and thus helped lay the foundations for where we are today, as a worldwide footballing powerhouse.

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Aug 02 2013

Sudden rise flatters United hopeful

Tag: Academy,Manchester United News @ 1:18 pm

Adnan-Januzaj_2979742Perhaps this was always going to be destined to be a strange summer for United. Following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and the appointment of David Moyes the club braced itself for a period likely to bring excitement, doubts, hopes and fears in equal measure, and the last two months have duly delivered.

With the season only two weeks away, United are still to land a significant signing, their form on the Australasian tour has been nothing to write home about and David Moyes has had to deal with Wayne Rooney’s tantrums even if the United player is still to feature under his new manager.

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Jul 06 2013

Academy star departs for first team football

Daehli 2nd v WBA Nov 11Norwegian starlet Mats Daehli has left Manchester United in a transfer deal worth £1.5 Million to Molde where he’ll join up with United legend, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer.

Fellow countryman Solskjaer was instrumental in bringing the exciting Scandinavian midfielder to the club when he recommended Daehli to Sir Alex Ferguson in February 2011.

Daehli quickly became a favourite amongst Academy observers with many instantly commenting on his obvious ability. Daehli went on to win the much coveted Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in his first season.

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May 14 2012

Awards Night: Academy Player of the Year

Tag: Academy @ 10:03 pm

It’s awards night at Old Trafford tonight and one can only feel there’ll be an air of regret and dissatisfaction in the room after yesterday’s high’s-and-low’s saw players and fans alike begin to dream the impossible before being Earth shatteringly brought back down to Earth in the space of just a few short seconds.

But is it all bad news? Is it all doom and gloom within Manchester United?

Look, the first team will come back stronger next season after the experience of this one, but in truth the stats suggest they’ve enjoyed an enormously successful season despite finishing it empty handed.

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