Ryan Giggs has insisted Manchester United will develop their youth players…
Manchester United coach Ryan Giggs has promised that the club will continue to develop their youth players, despite spending over £150m on imported stars this summer.
Giggs, who came through the United academy as part of the iconic Class of 92, believes that manager Louis van Gaal is committed to youth development, having previously given Xavi and Andres Iniesta their break at Barcelona.
United have received a great deal of criticism since selling 23-year-old forward Danny Welbeck to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, with the England striker having spent his entire career at Old Trafford.
Reports in the Daily Mail explain that United have a proud record of having at least one homegrown player in every matchday squad since 1937 – a statistic that could now be under threat following Welbeck’s departure.
But Giggs explained that United’s strategy for developing young players has not changed, saying: “The club will never change. The history of the club is to play exciting football, always give youngsters a chance, keep to the traditions of the club.
“Okay Danny has left, which is obviously disappointing because you never want to see a homegrown player leave, but this is a manager who gave Seedorf his chance, Kluivert his chance, Iniesta his chance, Xavi, Thomas Muller – he has got a track record of giving youngsters a chance.
“Tyler Blackett has played every game this season. Underneath (Robin) Van Persie and (Wayne) Rooney you have got (Adnan) Januzaj, James Wilson.
“Players will leave but we have got to make sure young players come through because United fans demand it. I want to see young players come through. That has been (the case) right through the history of Manchester United and we never want to lose that.”
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