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Manchester United have ordered a complete overhaul of their youth academy over the next 12 months to avoid falling further behind rivals Manchester City.
 

Manchester United have ordered a complete overhaul of their youth academy over the next 12 months to avoid falling further behind rivals Manchester City.

A system that produced United’s vintage Class of ’92 has struggled to meet expectations in recent years, even though Louis van Gaal has used Jesse Lingard (aged 23), Paddy McNair (20), James Wilson (20), Tyler Blackett (21) and, most recently, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (18) in the first team during his 17 months in charge.

United bosses want to keep the soul and identity of the club’s academy at Carrington, but recognise the need for urgent change and have ordered what one senior figure described as ‘a root and branch’ review.

Nicky Butt has been in charge since Brian McClair left in February to become the Scottish FA’s performance director, and it is understood that United want to appoint someone to help the former England midfielder with the administrative side of the job.

Butt’s Under 19s emulated the first team’s Euro exit by going out of the UEFA Youth League last week after finishing third in their group. Despite winning the final tie against Wolfsburg, they could not recover from a disastrous 5-0 home defeat by PSV Eindhoven in the previous game. Meanwhile, City’s youngsters matched their first team’s success by topping their qualifying group.

Indeed, United are concerned that City have taken over as the favoured destination for aspiring young stars, helped by their new £200million City Football Academy built next to the Etihad Stadium. Even before the state-of-the-art complex opened a year ago, it emerged that the sons of former Old Trafford favourites Robin van Persie and Phil Neville were training with United’s neighbours.

More recently, United considered complaining to the Barclays Premier League and even boycotting youth games against City over what they claimed was an ‘over-zealous’ recruitment drive by their rivals, although it is understood that no action was taken in the end.

When the two clubs met over a number of different age-groups in September, City won every game apart from one draw — including a 9-0 win at Under 14 level.

United have also lost key coaching and scouting staff to City, who offer better rates of pay, and one of the changes expected to be made is the appointment of full-time scouts for their academy.

They will consider following City’s example by setting up their own academy stadium close to Old Trafford. At present, United youth teams play at a number of different venues besides Carrington.

Some games below Under 18 level have even been cancelled because players are being called up to the higher age groups and there are not enough left over to make up the numbers.

There is a feeling within Old Trafford that the club needs to restock its talent pool, with not enough prospects of the calibre of Angel Gomes Sanches — a 15-year-old attacking midfielder playing for United’s Under 18s — coming through the ranks.

They are currently in talks with Ajax youngster Juan Familia-Castillo, FC Zurich’s Nishan Burkhart and Matthew Olosunde of the New York Red Bulls.


Source: http://www.dailyshit.co.uk/sport/football/article-3363339/Manchester-United-plan-catch-City-super-kids-youth-academy-overhaul-given-ahead-avoid-falling-rivals.html

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Man United backroom crisis as head of youth player recruitment quits [Times]

It never rains for Man United this season. It pours.

In a week in which the Red Devils were left with a pain in their gut after they drew 3-3 away at Newcastle, the rumour mill has suggested that Louis van Gaal could lose his job if United are beaten by Liverpool this Sunday at Anfield.

With their head coach still walking a tightrope, the Times have today revealed a new crisis at Carrighton.

In a sign that all is not well behind the scenes in Manchester, “the Times has learnt that Derek Langley, United’s head of youth player recruitment, is planning to leave the club at the end of the season because of disillusionment about the state of the academy.”

Langley has been at United for 16 years, while some of his achievements have included Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Adnan Januzaj’s progression into the United first team.

So what’s gone wrong? The broadsheet explains:

Langley is understood to have decided to retire because of disenchantment at the academy’s decline and limitations imposed on him regarding player recruitment. It is believed that he has become increasingly frustrated at working under John Alexander, the club secretary, and John Murtagh, Everton’s former head of performance.

The Times also note that Langley is struggling in the recruitment market too:

Rather than cherry-picking the best young players in the north west of the country, as they were largely able to do during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at the club, United have increasingly found themselves losing out to City.

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source: http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/man-united-backroom-crisis-as-head-of-youth-player-recruitment-quits-times/?

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It never rains for Man United this season. It pours.

Or, to translate an expression from my native language into English, because I feel it describes us better atm: "a misfortune never comes alone" 

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Or, to translate an expression from my native language into English, because I feel it describes us better atm: "a misfortune never comes alone" 

"Disgraceful news come on threes" you'd say in Spanish. Or "Bad news never come alone".

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maybe this is a good thing. he probably was doing a good job but just like the rest of the SAF era maybe we need changes in that department too. but off course we need someone with great vision and new ideas to replace him

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He was retiring and we've had a job post for a while. Its not really news at all to be honest. Just another cheap shot at the academy for clicks. 

He was really disillusioned though having to work under Woodward's puppets.Though the article was really rubbish as his job was more about staffs recruitment (scouts,etc,...) for the academy.

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Manchester United could split academy director role

Manchester United are yet to appoint Brian McClair's replacement and are in the process of restructuring their academy at Carrington.

Manchester United could split their academy director's role as they continue to restructure their famed youth system.

United are yet to finalise the proposed structure of the academy, which has been overseen by the Premier League 's former head of elite performance, John Murtough, and club secretary, John Alexander, since Brian McClair departed in the summer.

Sources have indicated, however, United might not appoint a direct replacement for McClair, who ended his 24-and-a-half year association with the club to become the Scottish FA's performance director. The role could be split between a head coach and a head administrator.

It is understood former United defender Chris Casper was under consideration to succeed McClair, whose departure was announced almost a year ago, while Under-19s coach Nicky Butt was also linked with the role. Butt and Casper were members of the Class of 92's FA Youth Cup-winning side.

Casper has gained an impressive reputation through his work as a Premier League club support officer and his own ties with United.

The 40-year-old played seven times for United before he joined Reading in 1998. He retired at the age of 25 after he suffered a double leg fracture in 1999.

Butt won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup during his 12 years in the United first team until he was sold to Newcastle in 2004.

John McDermott, Tottenham Hotspur’s head of coaching and player development, rejected an offer to join United earlier this month.

source: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/manchester-united-could-split-academy-10767283

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REDS TEAM UP WITH GYMNAST BETH TWEDDLE

 

Manchester United's Academy have teamed up with six-time European Champion, three-time World Champion and 2012 Olympic bronze-medal gymnast Beth Tweddle in a bid to further enhance key skills of players from a young age.

The winner of BBC’s Dancing on Ice programme has set up her own gymnastic company, Total Gymnastics. The Manchester-based company aims to provide gymnastic classes and increase the level of participation in the sport. The collaboration with the Reds was formed when it was recognised that young players were losing the basic movement skills associated with early years' outdoor play.

“It’s becoming widely accepted throughout football that, due to changes in playing experiences, young players are missing out on an important period when lots of our basic movement skills are learnt," explained Les Parry, head of player performance for United's Academy footballers aged nine to 16. "These movement skills lay down the foundations for more complicated movement patterns later in a player’s early career and are therefore vital.”

To address this deficiency in a player’s development, the club have been working with Total Gymnastics and include basic gymnastic skills in the Academy programme for players from nine to 16.

Tony Strudwick, United's head of performance, is excited about the collaboration, adding: "As a world-class club, we have to be associated with world-class providers and working with Beth and Total Gymnastics certainly ticks that box. I'm sure the inclusion of a gymnastic element into out younger development programme will result in players that move more efficiently, are better all-round athletes and become more robust. It's our duty to continually update our development programme to give our young players the best chance of becoming professional footballers."

Although the programme has only been in place for three months, Parry has already seen major improvements: “I was a bit shocked when I saw the early sessions being delivered. Even at under-nine age, players weren’t flexible and struggled with basic coordination movements but, when you watch the boys now, the improvements in such a short period of time have been brilliant."

The starting point wasn’t such a shock to Beth and her staff who knew they could help with some vital work for the youngsters.

“We know there is a real opportunity to improve children’s basic movement skills and that’s why we are working so hard with our after-school Total Gymnastics classes and our in-demand primary schools curriculum," she said. "We are delighted to be working with the young players at the world’s leading academy. This is a fantastic experience for me and my staff and exciting to think that we may be helping to develop the next world-class player to be produced through the United Academy."

source: http://www.manutd.com/en/News-And-Features/Club-News/2016/Jan/manchester-united-academy-team-up-with-olympic-gymnast-Beth-Tweddle.aspx

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U23 Coach Warren Joyce calls Manchester United youngsters ‘deluded’

With countless successful promotions from the youth team to the first team at Manchester United and success in the three previous U21 Premier League competitions, one would expect a drive to succeed in all cases in Manchester United’s youth setup. However, in the aftermath of United U23’s loss to Southampton, Warren Joyce has put the debate to those inferable beliefs.

Speaking to MUTV, Joyce has called Manchester United’s U23s ‘deluded’ for believing that they already have secured a career in football. Explaining his team reaction over the game, Joyce claimed to have used the word ‘embarrassed’ on multiple occasions throughout pre-season. The U23 coach believes United’s youngsters have careers in jeopardy for the first time due to a lack of willingness to work hard.

“It’s not the first time that I’ve actually said to this group straight after the game ‘you‘re actually embarrassed — the way we’ve played. It’s probably the third time in the preseason games.

“It’s not an automatic thing at this place that players just go on and be successful, as they have been in the last few years, where if they’re not good enough to play for Manchester United they drift into leagues and have successful careers.

“This group are almost deluded really, as to where they’re at. And there is certainly a lot of hard work to be put in during the coming season to keep our head above water, really.There’s no shame in not quite being good enough to play for Manchester United but you can’t be deluded and think you’re further along than you are as well. We were second best by a long way.”

Joyce said his disappointment is best understood in two connected ways. The first is the fact he wants his players to reflect the personality he has, a unified team with a collective goal, and he felt the team has failed to do that in recent weeks. Joyce also believes that sometimes he has more ambition to create careers for his players than his players have ambition for themselves. He went as far as to encourage his players to look at past academy graduates and understand the work they needed to do to build careers for themselves.

“You want your team to have the personality of yourself, so that’s why it’s frustrating for myself really. I think I’ve got a little bit more ambition than some of them have, for them to have successful careers.

“There are one or two who have been in and around the group, while not necessarily in the team, for a while now, and they’ve got to look at the players that have gone in the past and what they’ve had and what they’ve given and what they’ve done, and how much desire and drive they have to play for the club and try to play for the first team.”

United’s youth ranks are undoubtedly stocked with talent, so it would be unfortunate to hear that the players lack the motivation to be successful at the club. United has seen disciplinary issues in the recent past from the likes of Andreas Pereira and Adnan Januzaj, which makes Joyce’s statements seem plausible, but at the same time, he would’ve been upset about the result in the heat of the moment. I suppose we will only see who is correct later in the season when we can see how Joyce’s men end up performing in the U23 Premier League.

source: http://mufclatest.com/u23-coach-warren-joyce-calls-manchester-united-youngsters-deluded/

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On 8/25/2016 at 03:22, MikeM said:

I read somewhere that he blamed LVG for throwing out first team debuts like confetti. Think it was in the MEN.

Now thats interesting. On one hand we take pride in giving youth first team opportunities like no other club. But that has downside too. And now we have Jose who is considered to be very stingy when it comes to giving the youth first team opportunities. Hope there is some balance restored after all. 

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Januzaj attitude explains why Manchester United let Paul Pogba go

Paul Pogba left Manchester United under a cloud and it worked to Adnan Januzaj's advantage at Old Trafford.

Before Adnan Januzaj fired past Kieran Westwood and executed a left-footed volley Zinedine Zidane would approve of, the teenage Manchester United forward had the dilemma many teenagers without a driving licence encounter. Januzaj was dating a Mancunian girl while he lived in his digs but was not prepared to rely on Manchester's public transport, so he enlisted his own driver to navigate him to the girl's house and collect her for date nights.

It is an image that evokes the memory of Dan Aykroyd's Louis Winthorpe III in Trading Places being chaperoned by Denholm Elliott's disapproving butler. Januzaj would have made, at the very most, four senior appearances by that stage in his United career and had not started a competitive fixture as he showcased the privileges of his profession to the locals.

Januzaj was described as a 'nice enough kid' but 'spoilt'. 'Spoilt' was also used to summarise his behaviour at United last season and during pre-season. One source claimed Januzaj showed 'no desire to work' after he was omitted from the senior set-up. Louis van Gaal's management of Januzaj was questionable at times but there was no inclination to restore the winger to the senior squad, as his attitude showed no signs of improving even after Borussia Dortmund sent him back early.

It was behaviour reminiscent of Tom Cleverley's infamous TC23 experiment in 2011. Cleverley had played seven times for United and was quickly feted as Paul Scholes's heir by idealists, backed by Sir Alex Ferguson's sudden over-reliance on him following a breakneck start to the 2011-12 campaign. Cleverley was rushed back against Everton in October, just six days after the smarting 6-1 defeat to City, and the slender victory came at a cost. Cleverley aggravated his injury and spent the next four months in the stands.

Within weeks, he established his own clothing range and was almost instantly nicknamed 'The Brand' by RedIssue. Cleverley's hero is David Beckham and he began mimicking him seven games into his United career, having earned a four-year contract after just five.

Cleverley, but especially Januzaj, explain United's reluctance to indulge a 19-year-old Paul Pogba. Januzaj also earned a new deal five games into his career, got cockier and seemingly more complacent. A worthy inheritor of Ryan Giggs's No.11 shirt two years ago, Januzaj has done little to justify the recognition.

Pogba's and Januzaj's approaches differ drastically. Pogba was, as he opined upon his departure, 'disrespected'. Rafael da Silva in midfield, Scholes's return from a six-month retirement, and a proposed wage that was lower than those offered to Wilfried Zaha the following year and Tyler Blackett in 2015 understandably affronted the Frenchman and his agent Mino Raiola. Pogba was motivated by game-time and Ferguson inexplicably gifted more starts to Zeki Fryers and Scott Wootton.

Januzaj was in a stronger bargaining position than Pogba 18 months later since United supporters became quickly vexed by the prospect of him departing for a six-figure compensation fee like the Frenchman did. Januzaj was awarded that new contract, with a reportedly large signing on fee, and his weekly wage is now estimated to be between £40,000 and £60,000. It is no surprise his casual style has caused him to become a casualty.

Januzaj was in a stronger bargaining position than Pogba 18 months later since United supporters became quickly vexed by the prospect of him departing for a six-figure compensation fee like the Frenchman did. Januzaj was awarded that new contract, with a reportedly large signing on fee, and his weekly wage is now estimated to be between £40,000 and £60,000. It is no surprise his casual style has caused him to become a casualty.

However, it was apparent at Wigan last month Januzaj would not be in his new manager's plans this term. While the other half-time substitutes worked rigorously during a fitness exercise to impress Mourinho, Januzaj ambled about the pitch as if he was appearing in a charity match. Mourinho instructed him and Ashley Young to switch flanks, it seemed, with the sole intention of having Januzaj within earshot. His words failed to galvanise the 21-year-old, who continued to play with such nonchalance the substitute probably deserved to be substituted.

Januzaj will have just a year remaining on his contract come next summer and even if he does impress at the Stadium of Light it could merely seal a permanent deal. Cleverley impressed at relegation fodder Wigan six seasons ago, yet he had creditably worked his way up from League One with Leicester to the Championship at Watford during previous loan spells and had not made his senior United debut. Januzaj has made 63 first-team appearances.

At least he might be entitled to a club car.

source: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/manchester-united-news-pogba-januzaj-11748589

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2 hours ago, dualtamac said:

Why? I can totally believe that Januzaj is spoilt and acts like mentioned in the article.

"Cleverley, but especially Januzaj, explain United's reluctance to indulge a 19-year-old Paul Pogba"

This is totally untrue and nonsense. Fergie just didn't think Pogba was ready for more first team action at that time.

Plus:

"Louis van Gaal's management of Januzaj was questionable at times but there was no inclination to restore the winger to the senior squad, as his attitude showed no signs of improving even after Borussia Dortmund sent him back early."

LVG did restore Januzaj back to the first team squad when his attitude got better, so wrong fact.

The header is a total bs. Paul Pogba has always been a top professional since his time with the academy. Just because they were all academy products doesn't mean they should be compared.

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