Posts Tagged With 'Youth'

Manchester United youth team 2014/15 preview

Posted on July 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Youth   No Comments »
Manchester United youth team 2014/15 preview
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?

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Luke Shaw is a great investment for Manchester United

Posted on June 29, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Pre Season, Premier League, Southampton, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
Luke Shaw is a great investment for Manchester United
Luke Shaw signs for Manchester United
Luke Shaw signs for Manchester United and becomes the most expensive teenager of all time

He may now be the most expensive teenager in the history of the game but Luke Shaw’s £27 million, potentially rising to £31 million, move to Manchester United from Southampton is a significant investment in a player who has impressed immensely in his early career to date.

Shaw impressed so much in 2013/14 he persuaded Roy Hodgson to pick him ahead of seasoned veteran Ashley Cole in the World Cup squad and the teenager was given a taste of the tournament he will hope to grace over the next ten years in England’s final group game against Costa Rica. A few days later the news was announced that he would be joining Manchester United for a record fee.

With Patrice Evra entering the twilight of his career, this is surely a shrewd investment in what is one of Europe’s brightest young talents who played 35 times in the Premier League last season.

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Will David Moyes win a major trophy at Manchester United?

Posted on April 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers   9 Comments »
Will David Moyes win a major trophy at Manchester United?
David Moyes - Manchester United manager
David Moyes ends his first season in charge of Manchester United without a major trophy

“This is a trophy for Sir Alex, so if he is sitting at home and watching today, this is for you Sir Alex and for the way your team performed last season and won the Premier League. The only way you get to the Charity Shield is by winning the league or the FA Cup, so Sir Alex’s team did that last year and the ones from now on will be hopefully for me to win.”
- David Moyes August 2013

Yes indeed. The Community Shield, the season opener between the previous league champions and the FA cup winners. A perfect start for David Moyes to get a taster or what it is like to win a trophy. They have been more entertaining ties down the years, most noticeably an Eric Cantona hattrick pre-King status, Kenneth Wolstenholme’s famous line on Bobby Chalrton’s excellent second goal against Spurs in 1967 (or even Pat Jennings goal in the same game!) and the bare chested Kevin Keegan and Billy Bremner going at it hammer and tong having been sent off for getting a big chunky Johnny Giles elbow. Yes, those were Community, or Charity, shield memories from yesteryear – which you could argue were far more memorable than the 2-0 victory over Wigan some eight months ago.

In the time that has elapsed, we’ve seen a ‘Moyes Out’ plane banner fly over Old Trafford during the 4-1 win over Aston Villa, United humbled at home by Manchester City and Liverpool and a number of uninspiring flat press conferences, where the manager focuses on ‘trying’ to win. The debate on Moyes always brings me back to this question – can you ever see, regardless of time, a Manchester United side managed by David Moyes winning a major trophy?

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Is there a Manchester United youth strategy?

Posted on February 03, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, Man United, Youth   4 Comments »
Is there a Manchester United youth strategy?
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 – What type of player will he become?
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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How much can Manchester United expect of Adnan Januzaj?

Posted on January 03, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Players, Stretty Debate   2 Comments »
How much can Manchester United expect of Adnan Januzaj?
How much can we ask of Adnan Januzaj right now?
How much can we ask of Adnan Januzaj right now?

Author: Bricki

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In the space of about 10 minutes during the second half against Spurs, Wayne Rooney knocked at least 4 consecutive long balls out to Adnan Januzaj on the right wing. As we were chasing the equaliser it appeared that the youngest member of the team was the ‘go-to’ guy in a time of crisis.

With a team of internationals should we be placing so much expectation on a player still only 6 months into his first season with the first team?

What kind of effect could such demands have on his overall development?

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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 »
FA Youth Cup returns as Manchester United take on Burnley
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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Manchester United vs. Norwich: view from the oppo

Posted on October 28, 2013  by Stretford-end  in League Cup, Man United, Match Previews, Norwich City   No Comments »
Manchester United vs. Norwich: view from the oppo
Shinji Kagawa, Manchester United v Norwich
Shinji Kagawa scores a hattrick against Norwich for Manchester United in the fixture last March.

Norwich City have are unbeaten in the League Cup against Manchester United. Ok, the two clubs may have only met three times, a two legged semi final in 1975 (which ended as 2-2 at Old Trafford and 1-0 to Norwich at Carrow Road) and a 4-1 drubbing in the 3rd round away in East Anglia sixteen years before Adnan Januzaj was even born (bet that makes you feel old), but history is on the side of the Canaries. United hammered Norwich 4-0 in March, with a superb hattrick from Shinji Kagawa and an excellent long range effort by Wayne Rooney.

The fixture will surely give David Moyes a chance to rotate his side and give the likes if Zaha, and Hernandez a run out. United travel to struggling Fulham on Saturday afternoon and the Manchester United manager will want to ensure he has a full strength squad, so expect the likes of Rooney, van Persie and Carrick to be rested.

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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 »
Why isn't Adnan Januzaj in Man United's Champions League squad?
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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Wilfried Zaha: A view from a Crystal Palace fan

Posted on July 30, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players   6 Comments »
Wilfried Zaha: A view from a Crystal Palace fan
Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha looks to be a superb signing from Crystal Palace for Manchester United

As the Cesc Fabregas transfer debacle rolls on, Manchester United fans can be confident that Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever signing looks to be a good one – with the talented Wilfried Zaha putting in some impressive performances in pre-season. Of course, I remember Djemba Djemba having a decent pre-season, but Zaha’s trickery and skill will have reds off their seats in anticipation.

We caught up with Nic Potter, a season ticket holder at Crystal Palace for twenty years who has seen the likes of Chris Armstrong, Attilio Lombardo and, erm, Thomas Brolin – grace the Selhurst Park turf. We put some questions to Nic and here is what he thinks of the talented youngster.

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