As kids, we all had kick-abouts in the park, whether it was in a team or for fun. You all dream of scouts watching your thirty yard screamers, Hat-tricks or even a super save. Manchester United recruit many players every year from Grassroots football, into their sacred academy.
My question is how many make the first team? The answer in reality, not many. Current players include: Paddy McNair, Jesse Lingard and most recently Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. But, if we look at the likes of Barcelona’s academy, United’s doesn’t compare to it in terms of bringing players through.
England are failing in international tournaments and is it because Premier League teams are bringing in far too many average foreign players and not giving English kids a chance. Jamie Vardy quoted “I have played against better midfielders and defenders in Non-League than the Premier League”.
Dele Alli has appeared on the scene for Tottenham this season at a mere age of nineteen and has blown the Premier League away with some sensational performances. Do United need someone like this? In my opinion, yes. It wouldn’t just get Manchester United supporters excited, the whole country would be excited.
United have a superb reputation of bringing players in, just look at the class of ’92. David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the two Neville brothers Gary and Phillip are arguably the best to ever emerge from the academy. I would like to see players such as Donald Love, Matty Willock, Joe Rothwell and Sean Goss all given a chance in the first team.
Todays FA Cup last sixteen draw paired Louis van Gaal’s side with League One opposition in Shrewsbury Town and I think this match would be a perfect opportunity to give some of those young lads a chance. Grassroots football is an essential part of the game, so many kids play football so why are they not getting recognized by the big clubs? Is it something to do with coaching?
Jamie Vardy is setting up his own academy for younger players called V9. This is to get Non-League players spotted by professional clubs and give them that chance to live that ultimate dream. United are not just one of the biggest clubs in England, they are one of the biggest in the world and you would expect youth players who have fight, passion and a desire to play football to be promoted to the first team.
In some occasions big money signings dont want to come to your club in the first place and just want to suck the money out of the club. Angel Di Maria comes to mind for many reds fans. I think we should be focusing on bringing Youth players through instead of spending this ridiculous money.
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