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United’s Youngsters Looking to Impress

With Manchester United suffering many defensive problems again this season, Sir Alex Ferguson has had the chance to offer opportunities to his youngsters.

With Nemaja Vidic injured until Christmas and Phil Jones currently regaining his strength after suffering a 8 weeks absence thanks to a injured right leg, Sir Alex has been given little choice but to switch towards his young guns.

Amazingly Sir Alex Ferguson has produced great young talent throughout the years via United’s highly rated youth system and strives to promote those young guns to United’s first team where they experience their life’s ambition.

Manchester United improved their attacking options last summer by capturing the gifted Robin Van Persie and the talented Shinji Kagawa, this could make breaking into the first team complicated for the young guns. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has 6 goals to his name ahead of arguably United’s best player Wayne Rooney who has 3. Danny Welbeck has only 1 goal but they’re all behind Robin Van Persie who has stunned most fans this year by scoring 11 goals in just 14 games.

The Red Devils have conceded 14 goals in 10 Premier League games whilst fielding 6 different defenders plus Michael Carrick at centre back for a third consecutive season. Michael Keane and Scott Wootton have both made their first team appearances for Manchester United this term and and both also impressed. Having sparkled against Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge and Papis Cisse who are undoubtedly top Premier League forwards, surely they provided Sir Alex enough encouragement to include them in his first team plans when injuries limit his defensive options?

In my opinion the performances of those two players in the Capital One Cup and Under 21 League indicate that the answer for Manchester United’s defensive issues could be fixed.

Manchester United have a philosophy of blooding young players which their reputation as a club is particularly established for. With Manchester United having top quality players in their squad the reserves can be forgiven for feeling frustrated with their limited opportunities but they must strive to impress if they are to achieve their dreams of entering the history of the worlds biggest club – Manchester United. The showing against Newcastle and Chelsea in the Capital One Cup proved how talented the depth in United’s squad is.

I think Michael Keane and Scott Wootton are ready to reach the highest standards which is great timing considering Rio Ferdinand is reaching his retirement and Nemaja Vidic possibly entering the latter stages of his United career thanks to injuries. United have covered Patrice Evra with Alexander Buttner who looks fast and determined plus a real threat whenever he receives the ball.

Another defender, Sean McGinty, will also be looking to impress and hope reports back to the boss are favourable after his move North to Carlisle on loan.

United’s attacking force is possibly the strongest it’s been since 1999 and the strongest in the Premier League this season. United’s options include Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Luis Nani, Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and of course the in-form Javier Hernandez so chances for game time for United’s attacking reserves like Striker Joshua King, who has represented his country Norway, and Summer signing Nick Powell who is incredibly talented at just 18yrs old, are almost none existent at present.

Will Keane is closing in on returning to action after an unfortunate lengthy injury undid all his hard work in pre-season. I think Will was heading for a few chances this season, hopefully he’ll return as just as potent as he was before the lay-off.

One player who could capitalise on a lack of quality ahead of him in his position is Ryan Tunnicliffe. He’s received his first team debut recently and could now begin to feature if he displays good performances in the U21’s.

Many of United’s reserve squad have attracted strong levels of interest from clubs (in both the top flight and the Championship) who are keen to snare the talented youngsters on loan. Manchester United’s hidden squad is stacked so full of quality that most of the talented reserves who train extremely hard everyday to achieve their first first team call-up, can only be captured on loan spells.

The highly rated and promising young Midfielder-come-Foward Jesse Lingard and the ever improving defender Michael Keane recently headed out on loan spells to Championship big spenders Leicester City and defender Luke Giverin has joined on loan with United’s feeder club, Royal Antwerp earlier this season with the aim to improve individually.

Republic Of Ireland starlet Robbie Brady, a reserve midfielder who was hoping for a chance to show his ability this season, has recently settled for a return to action with Championship side Hull City on a season-long loan agreement. Brady re-joins goalkeeper Ben Amos who also joined Hull City on loan earlier in the season.

With all these youngsters gaining first team experience, it wont be long before the majority of them make their Premier League debuts; whether that’s for United or someone else remains to be seen, but you can almost guarantee you haven’t heard the last of them.

One thing that puzzles me though. Why hasn’t Davide Petrucci had a chance yet?

My name is Matt and I’m just 17. I like writing about what I love – Man Utd!

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  2. colver

    November 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    It is nice that we have young defenders coming through. But I honestly believe that central defence is such a critical area a club of our stature really needs the experience. With Rio getting on in years and Vidic seemingly unable to stay fit I think there is a lot to be said for getting an experienced, physical central defender because players like Evans and Smalling get bullied too easily and Jones positioning last season was very suspect.

    • Moscow

      November 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      @colver: Maybe, you know, we could get a MIDFIELDER as well?

  3. Redforlifeandbeyond

    November 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    You’re just 17? Mate, I’m 33 and have been waiting on a quality piece like this for ages. As a Dutch fan, I dont get all the inside info I truly crave as a Red. Tell me, is Petrucci going to end up a Pogba? I’m getting worrired and annoyed about all those top talents not getting chances and then leaving. What would our team have played like with Eikrem , Pogba and King in it? Surely Eikrem wasnt worse than Darron Gibson (give me strength!)? And let me know what happened to Freyers? Did he really think he was doing the right thing by signing for on of te worst teams in Belgium would be better than waiting for Evra to deteriorate? (which he sort of did and then didn’t)?

    Sorry for ranting at ytou but you seem like one of the few guys that understands our club.It’s more than our current position… I hope we will see L.Cole, Lingard, King, Keane Bros., and VERMIJL in our first team, rather than at for example Tottenham.

    But on your piece: top quality. Thanks for a good read.

    One helluva Red Devil across the Canal

  4. realist

    November 13, 2012 at 12:39 am

    i dont see either of those young centre backs playing for united again this season tbh. i think keane is too young and spindly atm, and i was not impressed at all with wootton. as for the comment about why eikram, king and pogba are not now playing in our team, well they simply are/were not good enough in my opinion to take the place of any of our midfield at.
    imo, fletcher, scholes, carrick, anderson, jkagawa, powell,cleverley, are all better midfielders to have, so i dont see how they could get games? pogba i agree was a talent and i believe he could have made the grade, but clearly his head was too big or his brain was too small, to see what he could have had. shame, but the clubs success is more important than any player, especially a raw 19 year old who thought he was too good to wait for his chance, and could hold us to ransom!
    as for darron gibson, well he had a chance simply because our cm was at its weakest when he was pushing for a place, since then we have strengthened with the aquisitions of kagawa, powell and the emergence of cleverley, who incidently had the right attitude and is now reaping the rewards.
    at 17 years of age it does not surprise me that you doubt the bosses judgements on players, i used to at your age, questioning his team lineups regularly, but after 25+ years of success, older supporters who dont appreciate that he knows best are silly old fools,…..hope you dont become one!
    peace out….. <3 united

  5. Redrich

    November 13, 2012 at 1:04 am

    You’re right United have always brought players through the ranks and it has generally served them well. However, to remain as the vital threat as we have for the last 20 odd years, it’s important to feed them into the team a little at a time and not to blood them in overwhelming situations.
    At the moment we are in need of a top class, experienced Center Back. Someone that can not only step in for the oft injured Vidic and Ferdinand but can also give them a run for their starting jobs. This is clearly not a position that can afford the training exploits of a young player and should never be exposed by a thinness within the squad. To me, this is Job 1 for Fergie and I hope he gets on it in the January window.

    BTW, nice piece kiddo. πŸ™‚

  6. The_Philosopher

    November 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Yeah Davide Petrucci. I totally hear you on that.

    I think he has great potential. I would like to see feature more for the first team.

    Where is he? Hope we take care of him. It would be sad to see him leave

  7. Stephen

    November 13, 2012 at 10:04 am

    The manager has been at the club now for 26 years. He always has and stated that the club has is success uner ppinned on youth. The real question is why do we not have conveyor belt of talent coming off our productiin line constantly?
    Most of the youth players we “bring through” are still local and Irish. We should be dropping our rods into various different ponds, across Europe and in Africa. United have far too many coaches who have the proverbial “jobs for the boys”
    With our fiancial situation we need to find the next Ronaldo, rather than the next Hull City midfielder who used to be in our youth set up.

    • The_Philosopher

      November 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

      @Stephen: Very well said.

      We need to spread our net further asshore than fishing the same ponds all the time.

      That said I like the efforts being made in South America.

      James Rodreguez and Victor Wanyama would be great buys. (I’m with the sell Nani crew) What are your thoughts on Wilfred Zaha?

      Either Nani plays every game (Cause I don’t think Young is that special) or we sell him. We can’t have him rotting on the bench. With enough game time he’ll find his form again.

      • Stephen

        November 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

        @The_Philosopher: Another left field option is Walcott, either free in the Summer or Β£8m in the window. He can be very frustrating a la Nani, but on the flipside, he is still only 23 and has Premiership experience.

        • Opti

          November 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

          @Stephen: Anyone who thinks Walcott can be a sensible replacement to Nani is out on the deep end… LOL πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  8. Jay wire

    November 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I really wish I could understand the blind loyalty people feel they owe Ferguson. He screwed up with Pogba and he is largely responsible. Its now abundantly clear that Pogba has always been good enough and was being utterly wasted at United. Whats my proof? Well the painfully obvious fact that neither of Anderson,Cleverly,Giggs,Park,Rooney,Rafael or Valencia have any chance of playing a single game in the Juventus central midfield by any long shot. Yet Pogba is playing nearly every game as a Juve CM but all these players were ahead of him in midfield. What suddenly happened?Nothing. Juventus certainly didnt discover him strutting his stuff on the substitutes sub bench. He was always that good and Ferguson didnt see it and didnt even bother extending his contract until it had 3 months left and only because others were sniffing about whilst Welbeck,Ando were getting new contracts with 2 years to spare.Big headed? Hardly.Anyone with half a brain would have known he was being undervalued and would have left

    • Moscow

      November 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      @Jay wire: Agreed, Fergie really fucked up with that one. Doesn’t take a genius to see that none of our midfielders nor Rooney have a prayer of getting into that Juventus midfield and yet Pogba is strutting his stuff alongside the likes of Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio. Carrick could play for Juventus, but really we have no-one else. Makes you wonder what we’re going to do when we are forced to play with just a midfield duo against the likes of Barca, Madrid, Juventus, Bayern, Dortmund and even just decent European sides.

      • Owen

        November 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        @Moscow: Why you wonder so much ? There is no need to forecast . Simply enjoy the present which is too good.Top of the League and 2nd best record in Whole Europe.

        What will happen or what won’t be ,we have already proved.Chelsea’s midfield is as good as other sides which you mentioned(In fact are European Champions) and we won the match at their ground.

        But why will you remember these things when the only objective is to insult Fergie….?

        • Moscow

          November 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm

          @Owen: Did you just say Mikel and Ramires are on a par with the best sides in Europe?

          No-one is immune to criticism and YES Fergie fucked up letting a player better than all but one of our midfielders go to Juventus for peanuts.

          Yeah, let’s enjoy the now, who cares about the future πŸ™„

    • Stephen

      November 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      @Jay wire: Maybe all the trophies he has furnished us over the passed 26 years may we owe him a little loyalty…
      We also do not know what happened with Pogba, you don’t know Jay. His agent was obviously keen of moving him on for his own financial gain. You have joined the Anti-Fergie bandwagon, but also support Barca and Juve which in itself is odd. This is up to you mate, but we are currently top of the league with or without Pogba, not bad for a manager who you believe to be tactically clueless.

    • Owen

      November 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      @Jay wire: According to Zaha,he is 3rd best and acc to you ,Pogba is the best in the world.

      Fact is Fegie is not only the current best but all time time great in the world.But this you can never accept as you have agenda against the Legend which can be easily seen.

      Really i can’t get whether you are Man Utd supporter or you just use this blog to make others Anti-Fergie.

      Go and praise Pogba as much as you want but at Juventus blog.He is not a Man Utd player and not worth to be remembered.

      Btw where were you when We won the CL..? πŸ˜†

  9. Owen

    November 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    It is really amazing that few so called fans never praise Fergie for taking RVP from the clutches of Man City but insult him as an unproven 20 year old left .

    Respect Sir Alex . He is not Phil Brown or Micky Mcarthey . Even Mourinho,who is God according to few here , praises and respects Fergie .

    • Stephen

      November 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      @Owen: Is that Mourinho or the not so speacial one who has lost the league already and is currently 3rd in La Liga?
      Fergie has many faults, but if he has the squad, money that Real have, he would win the league every season.

      • Moscow

        November 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

        @Stephen: That’s the same Mourinho who has won 2 trebles in different countries. League titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain. Maybe Fergie can try beating Barca at their own ground?

        • Stephen

          November 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

          @Moscow: Didn’t Fergie beat Chelsea to the title hence him being sacked at Chelsea?
          Sometimes I think you support Mourinho more than United matey…

  10. Owen

    November 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Jay Wire you know everything about football so much it seems . Still i am waiting for your answer how is it possible that we have the 2nd best record in Europe when our tactics is worst and the club management is a collection of clown.?

    Will i get the answer or you are waiting for the day when we will lose few games…?

  11. Stephen

    November 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Opti, would you not take Walcott on a free then? Obviously Nani is leaving, I am not saying a like for like, but taking a 23 year proven International for free, with Champions League experience is hardly “out on the deep end”

    • Opti

      November 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      @Stephen: I think it is. Walcott has peaked IMO and even struggles to start at Arsenal. Nani is FAR better than self-prescribed “striker” Walcott and we don’t need another Ashley Young, even if free + high wages.

      If we sell Nani (which is possible), it should be for 30+ million [Andy carroll was 35m, Torres 50m], so can afford someone with high-potential + low wages and don’t need to scrap for Walcott.

      Just my 2 cents on Nani vs. Walcott.

      • Stephen

        November 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        @Opti: Firstly there is no Nani V Walcott. I would prefer Nani to stay, but I was saying it is obvious that Nani’s days are numbered. Walcott on a free transfer is logical.
        Walcott has hardly peaked at 23, he can play out wide or throught the centre and he could be FREE.
        We will not get Β£30m for Nani, Carroll was a panic buy and everyone knew this. Abromovich has always wanted Torres and Chelsea have unlimited cash.
        I would take Walcott as a punt, worst comes to the worst he has re-sale value. Purchase another winger and the obvious midfield and our squad will be stronger.
        Again there is no Walcot V Nani, why does this have to be always the way on this site?

        • Opti

          November 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

          @Stephen: Regardless of Nani vs. Walcott, I haven’t seen Walcott take his game to a higher level in last 3 years.

          He might be free, but his wages would not be low (80K+) and his attitude seems off with regards to how he is treating Arsenal right now and acting like a superstar when he has never been Arsenal’s superstar. Overrated in my mind and would prefer Jay Rod or any other youngster with more potential, even if the price tag is high and raw speed is less.

          Walcott vs. Jay Rod πŸ˜€

        • Opti

          November 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

          @Stephen: Nani for less than 25 million is a travesty…

  12. Stephen

    November 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Opti, Is that the same attiude that RvP took towards Arsenal, Berba towards Spurs, or Ronaldo’s towards us?

    • Opti

      November 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      @Stephen: attitude is just one thing. Quality another. Walcott has neither in abundance πŸ˜‰

      • Stephen

        November 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        @Opti: Good to see you are not close minded mate. πŸ˜†

  13. Moscow

    November 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Stephen, what has that got to do with anything. Mourinho has a better head to head than Fergie and was the only other manager to win back to back PL titles. If he wins the CL this season then he will eclipse Fergie. I don’t support Mourinho, I admire him. You’ve suddenly brought him up in a discussion about Fergie’s judgment.

    • Stephen

      November 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      @Moscow: He has unlimited funds, he took over at Inter when they had won bac to back titles, Real were hardly a pub team, Chlesea had all the money in the World.
      How many sides has he re-built? The simply answer is none. For me this is why Fergie is greater. Mourinho hasn’t ever taken on a real challenge. I admire what he has won especially at Porto, but again they were Champions before he took over. If he took over lets say Spurs and won the title, then did agai over 10 years then I will take my hat off to him. The likely senario is he will win the Champions League, fall out again with everyone and take over at City and the cycle will continue.

      • Moscow

        November 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        @Stephen: He uncovered superstars at Porto like Deco and won the CL on a shoestring budget. He applied for Liverpool but they rejected him for Rafa so he went to Chelsea where the owner would have spent no matter what, he’s not really going to reject funds is he? The owner interfered with the team management so he quit and won a treble with Inter. OK he spent 12 million on Sneijder while we spent that on Bebe. He goes to Real Madrid and beats the greatest team ever. He is on course to become the greatest manager ever.

        • Stephen

          November 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

          @Moscow: He has also signed plenty of rubbish lets not forget, we could also bring up all Fergie’s great buys.
          We will never agree on Mourinho mate.

  14. Jay wire

    November 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Owen, will you be satisfied if I just said Ferguson has no weaknesses? Sorry,I failed the entry requirements for the FKBS because I dont think Fergie knows best and they wont let me into the society. Ferguson has won many things,but he remains poor at tactics and systems.Thats a fact. He has a gazilion trophies but he messed up the Pogba situation. If his agent engineered the move then he earned his money by ensuring his client a better chance to further his career. Before Messi made it big Barca put a $100m clause in his contract sending a clear message of how they valued him. Our message to one of football’s brightest talents was hey maybe next year we will talk about promoting you to sit on the bench.FKB my foot. He underestimated him and Pogba was smart enough to move.Petrucci and Powell should probably jump ship as well. Rave reviews dont make a football star. First team games do. We were knocked out of Europe last season because of tactics and ridiculous line ups. I should overlook that because FKB.

    • Owen

      November 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      @Jay wire: With a ridiculous line ,Chelsea became the Chamipons of Europe..Bosingwa at CB πŸ™„

      Wenger failed,Mancini got knocked out ,Pep lost …You are again denying the fact that we have best record in whole Europe in CL in last 20 years if you consider how many times we have reached Semis and finals.The same tactics would have delivered even titles but getting beaten by this Barca of Messi is not a shame.

      • realist

        November 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm

        these anti fergie muppets aint got a clue!
        Do one and follow the rent boys will ya and cry for maureen to come back and spend another 300 million to try and keep up with us! 😈

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