Why Tom Cleverley failed to fulfil his potential at United…

Posted on September 02, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets, Youth   1 Comment »

Guest Author: Doron

Follow Doron on Twitter

After a 14 year association with Manchester United, Tom Cleverley has taken his first steps towards leaving the club to further his career elsewhere, initially on loan with Aston Villa. His departure is more likely to be greeted with cheers rather than tears by the majority of United fans, but, in truth, what became of his career at Old Trafford is incredibly unfortunate.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 9.6/10 (52 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +9 (from 11 votes)

Defeat to MK Dons provides both questions and answers

Posted on August 27, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, League Cup, Man United, Match Reports, Youth   1 Comment »

Louis van Gaal looks on as his Manchester United side are beaten 4-0 by MK Dons.

Author: Doron

Follow Doron on Twitter

United’s shock defeat away to MK Dons in the League Cup and the manner of it will have raised a few eyebrows but it will have given van Gaal a bit of insight into some of his players but also opened some new questions or doubts about the system.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 9.3/10 (24 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +11 (from 11 votes)

Blackett, Keane and James: 3 different paths to the first team

Posted on August 03, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Youth   No Comments »
Reece James

Author: Doron

Follow Doron on Twitter

Given how tour has panned out for the trio of young defenders – Blackett, Keane and James – it felt necessary to provide a little bit of background and context as to how they each took differing paths to their current position in the first team squad.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.3/10 (33 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +11 (from 13 votes)

2014 Milk Cup Man United: 10 Tournament Takeaways

Posted on July 31, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, Man United, Youth   1 Comment »

Author: Tony

Follow Tony on Twitter

They may have changed the sponsorship but it’s business as usual at the Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 9.8/10 (12 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +2 (from 2 votes)

Manchester United youth team 2014/15 preview

Posted on July 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Youth   No Comments »
James Wilson, Manchester United
James Wilson impressed in his Manchester United debut towards the end of the 2013/14 season

The picture of new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, alongside Ryan Giggs and David Beckham is a reminder of how far we have come since both players made their debuts for the club. Giggs, now assistant manager at Old Trafford, made his debut against Everton in the 1990/91 season, whilst Beckham made his first appearance in the League Cup against Brighton in 92/93. The pair of them, along with a whole host of youngsters who grew into greatness, went onto lift title after title and in the case of Giggs helped the club to win two European Cups along the way.

How does the current batch of youngsters compare and is there any possibility of a break through star this season?

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.4/10 (10 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +3 (from 5 votes)

Manchester United International Graduates – A Rich History

Posted on May 27, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, International, Man United, Youth   1 Comment »

Author: Tony

Follow Tony on Twitter

When Scott Duncan decided to enter a youth team into the Manchester League at the start of the 1932/33 season, little did he know what cultural revolution he had initiated nor what legacy he would leave.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.9/10 (8 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +4 (from 4 votes)

Is there a Manchester United youth strategy?

Posted on February 03, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, Man United, Youth   4 Comments »
Manchester United youth team from 1992
A Manchester United youth side featuring Gary Neville Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and David Beckham

Author: Tony

Follow Tony on Twitter

I have worked in multi-national organisations, and specifically Human Resources for over thirty years and in my role as a consultant I help businesses with performance and talent management systems.

Organisations have thousands of employees and they are trying to maximise performance from each one, attract new talent into the business while rewarding and retaining their top performers.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 9.7/10 (34 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +16 (from 16 votes)

Adnan Januzaj – What type of player will he become?

Posted on January 21, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Premier League, Youth   No Comments »
Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United celebrates scoring his second goal of the game
Adnan Januzaj has been the bright spark in a disappointing season so far for Manchester United

Author: Nik

Follow: Nik on Twitter

What do the numbers tell us about Januzaj’s best position? And what does he have in common with red legend, Cristiano Ronaldo? @Sleepy_Nik explains more …
There have been few Manchester United players to emerge from the opening half of the season with their reputations enhanced, but one such player is the Belgian sensation, Adnan Januzaj. His form has been the one shining light in a dark and dour start to David Moyes’ United career; form that suggests that the hype around the teenager from all quarters is fully justified.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 9.5/10 (16 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +4 (from 4 votes)

FA Youth Cup returns as Manchester United take on Burnley

Posted on December 16, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Burnley, Doron, FA Cup, Man United, Man United News, Youth   No Comments »
Manchester United were 2011 FA Youth Cup winners
Manchester United last won the FA Youth Cup in 2011, beating Sheffield United in the final

Author: Doron

Follow Doron on Twitter

It’s that time of year again – the FA Youth Cup focuses attention on the younger players at United and thrusts them into the limelight for hopefully the next few months. Last year United lost at this same stage, going down 4-3 at home to Burnley despite having the likes of Pearson, Januzaj, Daehli and Wilson all starting. There’s a chance for revenge though as the draw has thrown up Burnley once again, this time on away turf on Monday night.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.2/10 (5 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +2 (from 4 votes)

3G Is Key For Youth

Posted on November 27, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Youth   2 Comments »
IMAG0373_1 - Copy

Author: Bricki

Follow Bricki on Twitter – @Bricki‎

It’s always raining in Manchester, at least that’s the stereotype that has grown legs and now depicts the North-West as a whole. To be fair you could argue that most of the United Kingdom receives more rain than the majority of Europe but what impact does our climate have on the development of footballers?

In my youth I played pretty much every position on the pitch except for Centre Back as I was a short arse. My abiding memory of these games though was the pitches we were expected to play on which were not in the best condition put it that way. Pitches that resembled the moon with craters all over, others which were swamps and the Amazonian ones with knee high grass.

Pitches that were designed to avoid playing the ball across and led to the game plan of many sides where they needed to keep the ball in the air. Teams as a result looked to recruit the kids who could kick the furthest and were the tallest/strongest.

Can you see where I’m heading with this?

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.7/10 (7 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +2 (from 4 votes)