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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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3G Is Key For Youth

Posted on November 27, 2013  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Youth   2 Comments »
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Author: Bricki

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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?

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Why isn’t Adnan Januzaj in Man United’s Champions League squad?

Posted on September 16, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Champions League, Doron, Man United, Youth   20 Comments »
Adnan Januzaj

Author: Doron

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Everyone wants everything immediately. There’s no patience in football anymore. Adnan Januzaj made an impressive league debut for United off the bench against 10-man Palace at the weekend but won’t be involved in United’s squad to face Leverkusen tomorrow. There’s plenty of logic and common sense behind that decision, not that you’d know if you logged into social media networks…

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What’s Moyes got planned for United’s fringe players?

Posted on July 04, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Pre Season, Youth   4 Comments »

What has David Moyes got planned for the likes of Fabio who went out on loan last season?

Author: Doron

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Every summer, football fans look to gossip columns, people who claim to have contacts, and repetitive sporting TV for clues as to how their team is going to be strengthened. For David Moyes, signings will no doubt be a big part of his summer but he’ll also have to make decisions on some of the more forgotten and unknown players.

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The transfer of Mats Daehli makes no sense for club or player

Posted on July 03, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Transfer Speculation, Youth   10 Comments »
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Mats Daehli transfer makes no sense for Manchester United or player

Author: Doron

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In football, the logical seems to rarely happen. That United will produce good young players via the club’s academy has been a pretty safe exception to that rule until recent years. Fans will have watched players such as Eikrem, Morrison and Pogba stand out and yet before they’ve made any kind of mark on the first team, they’re off elsewhere for various reasons. That it’s happened again this summer with Mats Daehli is much more of a shock though.

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Paul Pogba got what he deserved from United

Posted on February 11, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Youth   27 Comments »
Team-mates congratulate Paul Pogba after scoring the winner for Juventus against Bologna
Paul Pogba blamed Sir Alex Ferguson for his swift exit from Manchester United

Author: Doron

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Although he left United over half a year ago, Paul Pogba remains a constant topic of discussion for fans. Since his switch to Juventus, he’s been very polite about his time in Manchester when doing interviews with the Italian press. It was then surprising to read his first full feature interview with The Times on Friday night and discover a cockiness and arrogance that has previously only been talked about by those who’ve been lucky enough to get close to United.

Having kept relatively quiet about Pogba since his move, it feels like it’s time to spell out a few home truths in light of what he said and what some fans think.

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Producing youth the United way: patience and support

Posted on January 23, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Players, Youth   4 Comments »
Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck is a product of the Manchester United youth system, arguably the best in England.

Author: Doron

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Watching a team made up of locally produced players and/or those who’ve come through the Academy after joining as a teenager is a joy and a privilege. Too often these days, fans of the top teams in England and abroad are denied such a pleasure for various reasons. Balancing the expectations and need to achieve today with building for the future and player production is hard to get right. So hard, that some clubs can be accused of not caring about the latter. Fortunately at United, and under Alex Ferguson, that is not the case.

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Expectations will be high for United’s U18s in the FA Youth Cup

Posted on November 27, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Youth   No Comments »

Man United U18s 2012/13

Author: Doron

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We’re fast approaching the time of the year when the Academy kick-start their FA Youth Cup campaign. United’s record in the competition is unparalleled – 14 finals with 10 trophy wins. Having lost in the semi-finals to last year’s winners, Chelsea, with a young squad, expectations will once again be high this year. Burnley, who also reached the semi-finals last year, visit Old Trafford on Friday 7th December.

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