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United need to trust the youth


By Guest Writer Nathan House.

The 2009/2010 season was considered somewhat a dissapointment to many Manchester United fans. Knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by Bayern Munich, humiliated by Leeds United at Old Trafford in the F.A Cup and pipped to the post by Chelsea in the race to be crowned Premier League champions. This seems nothing though compared to the announcement of the debts crippling the club from Sir Matt Busby Lane.

On the 7th June 2010 is was revealed that the clubs debts had hit 1.1 billion pounds. This is an unexcusable amount of money to owe and at one point put serious doubt over the future of the club. The Glazers have since came out and issued a clear ‘we will not sell’ statement and have bravely claimed they can handle the clubs debts themselves.

This will have serious implications this coming season though. Many claimed that last seasons lack of success, besides the Carling Cup, highlighted the need for new blood and various changes at the club. Is Van Der Sar too old? Is Polish stopper Tomasz Kuszczak good enough to replace the Dutchman between the posts? Does the midfield need a bit of attacking penetration the defensive minds of Carrick and Fletcher and the old legs of Scholes and Giggs sometimes lack? Does Dimitar Berbatov’s poor goalscoring record mean the need for a new striker? Many pundits and fans alike believe the only way to do this is to invest in the squad over the summer. I believe this to be false.

I cast your mind back to 1992, when Manchester United won the Youth Cup with the likes of Scholes, Beckham, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers in the team. That was the backbone of the team in the Red Devils treble-winning side of 1999, the youth can potentially be the key this coming season. The current crop of youngsters deserve their chance, a team with the quality of Manchester United cannot rely on inexperience I hear you say. Well, Federico Macheda was virtually unheard of before his potentially title winning goal against Aston Villa in 2009. Welbeck introduced himself with a screamer against Stoke in the same year. Darron Gibson flourished this season when called up on. Jonny Evans proved a defensive hero during the Reds freak defensive injury crisis last year. There is no doubting that the quality of these youngsters is high and maybe with the debt level as it is at the club, next season is the season to really breed these youngsters with the world class players in United’s ranks, metophorically speaking.

So will we see Macheda hit a contribution of 10/15 goals next season? Will Irishman Gibson become a vital part of midfield? Will new Mexican signing Javier Hernandez flourish alongside Wayne Rooney? Will Rafael Da Silva, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Fabio Da Silva be United’s traditonally rock solid defence in a few seasons time? Manchester United’s squad is already youthful and many star players like Wayne Rooney, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Antonio Valencia and Anderson are still in their early to mid twenties, If the youth can blood in with the current first-team squad then the 2010/2011 season can potentially eclipse any yet.

Do you think United should invest or trust the youth?



  1. Nkosi

    June 14, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I think the youth alone will not be enough if United are to make an impression next season.We need to give the youth a chance ,there will not be a point for the academy if we do not do that and buy one or two forwards.In 99′ the league was not as competitive as it is now,with Chealsea and its depth,Man city with is strong team and blank cheque ,Arsenal with its youngsters now reaching maturity and it seems the gunners are going to the market to strengthen the team .Only one of these three were title contenders in 99′ ,now there’s two more to worry about and do not forget Spurs ,Villa and Liverpool.There are so many teams who are capable of taking points from United(The 6 i just mentioned) and three of them are title contenders.You have to bear in mind that from the 92′ youth cup winning team it took a few more years for them to deliver on a consistant basis,a few years United does not have.It has got so tough that even Arsen is thinking of buying.

  2. KingAbdullah

    June 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    We’re not so far off that we need to invest heavily as many suggest. And we have invested heavily in the reserves and academy who both won their league so we’re doing something right. Do we bring in Dzeko and get rid of macheda, welbeck, chicharito, diouf and the likes of the exciting Josh King? Do we buy replacements for our midfield and forget about drinkwater, james, petrucci and the best player not in our first team Paul Pogba? Does our defence really need anything? Vidic and Rio – best in the world. Evra – best in the world. Rafael – potential to be the best. and we have our trusted backups like brown, oshea, evans and others like da laet and fabio waiting for their chance.

    i’m not against investing in new talent but i dont agree that we should be in a rush and banging down doors to bring in players…unless its the door of werder bremen and unless the player is MESUT OZIL 🙂

  3. ali

    June 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    well bayern made it with their youth-schweinsteiger,lahm,badstuber,mueller,alaba,contento,ekici nd theyre all local talent-surely man u can then?

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