The Ex-United Academy Graduates And Where They Are Now Thread

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I was doing some statistics related to our Academy so I came up with a table that list out all the Academy graduates from the Evans,Gibson,... crop onwards that played senior football.My criteria of "Academy graduates" are those who played for the U18s and not being released the summer they moved up to U21s or before that (based on that criteria Daehli is counted but not Gorre or Joe Coll,etc...). For the crop 94-95 I only list those who has first-team football experience.


The "Current/Highest Level" column is quite subjective and biased towards my opinion.For examples I list Ben Amos as "Top Championship" as he played for Hull City the season they get promoted, same with Corry Evans.


Some interesting statistics from this chart:


- 63.3% from the crop 87-88 to 93-94 are currently at least a rotated option at a club playing at Championship level or above (I assume Serie A,Bundesliga,... etc is on the same level as PL but Ireland PL is on lower level than Championship).


- The figure is 67.4% if you count from the crop 89-90 (Amos etc) to 93-94 and 69.44% if you count from the crop 90-91(James,Macheda,...).In case you only consider from the crop 90-91 to the crop 92-93(Morrison,Pogba,Keanes,...) it's 70%!This is really good number especially when the Keanes crop and the Lawrence crop are still very young.


- The crop with highest ratio is 90-91 of Welbeck and co (75%). Out of 8 only 2 of them aren't playing Championship or above football with Oliver Gill went to university and Moffatt playing Conference football.


Only behind them is the 92-93 crop (73.3%) with exception of Larnell Cole who is on loan at League 1 side MK Dons from Fulham and injured atm,McGinty who is playing League 2 football on loan, Giverin who is trialling on Belgium last time I heard and Massacci who made his senior debut with Serie B side Latina Calcio earlier this season.All of them still have plenty of room to improve especially Cole so I expect them to takeover the rank from their seniors soon enough.


The 91-92 crop is quite promising as well (although admitted only 57.1% atm) with Reece Brown and Nicky Ajose still have big chances to play in the Championship current featuring regularly in League One.In fact Brown is on loan from Championship side Watford.


As you can easily observe the quality of our Academy graduates is improving year by year and I fully expect the younger crops to be even better than their seniors  :) Still waiting for the first crop to reach that 100% figure.95-96 of Wilson,Pereira,... maybe?


PS: The "Age" Column is a bit wrong due to my noob Excel formula skill.


Crop Player DOB Age Position Current Club Current/Highest Level Squad Role



Fraizer Campbell 13/9/87 26 ST Cardiff City Lower Premier League Regular
Sean Evans 25/9/87 26 LW Newtown AFC Welsh Premier League Regular
Ryan Shawcross 4/10/87 26 CB Stoke City Mid-table Premier League Regular
Darron Gibson 25/11/87 25 CM Everton Mid-table Premier League Regular
Michael Lea 4/11/87 25 CB/LB Colwyn Bay FC Conference North Unknown
Johny Evans 3/1/88 25 CB Manchester United Manchester United! Regular
David Gray 4/3/88 25 RB Burton Albion League Two Regular
Kieran Lee 22/6/88 25 LB/LM Sheffield Wednesday Championship Regular
Michael Barnes 24/6/88 25 LW/RW free agent? 



Saw Hewson 28/11/88 24 CM FH Hafnarfjördur Lengjubikarinn(Iceland) Rotated
James Chester 23/1/89 24 CB Hull City Lower Premier League Regular
Febian Brandy 4/2/89 24 ST Walsall Mid-table League One Regular
Ron-Robert Zieler 12/2/89 24 GK Hannover 96 Mid-table Bundesliga Regular
Richard Eckersley 12/3/89 24 RB/LB New York Red Bulls MLS Regular
Chris Fagan 11/5/89 24 ST St Patrick's Athletic Ireland PL Regular
Tom Cleverley 12/8/89 24 CM Manchester United Manchester United! Rotated
Craig Cathcart 6/2/89 24 CB Blackpool Mid-table Championship Regular



Ben Amos 10/4/90 23 GK Manchester United U21s/Hull City Top Championship Regular
Antonio Bryan 4/10/89 24 RW/S DroyIsDen Conference North Regular
James Derbyshire 21/11/89 23 CM Mianmar New Zealand Unknown
Daniel Drinkwater 5/3/90 23 CM Leicester City Top Championship Regular
Daniel Galbraith 19/8/90 23 LW Limerick Ireland PL Regular
Magnus Wolf Eikrem 8/8/90 23 CM/RM Cardiff City Lower Premier League Rotated
Corry Evans 30/7/90 23 CM Blackburn Rovers Top Championship Regular



Joe Dudgeon 26/11/90 22 LB Hull City Top Championship Regular
Oliver Gill 15/9/90 23 CB retired 
Matt James 22/7/91 22 CM Leicester City Top Championship Regular
Federico Macheda 22/8/91 22 ST Birmingham City Mid-table Championship Regular
Scott Moffatt 7/12/90 22 DF DroyIsDen Conference North Unknown
Oliver Norwood 12/4/91 22 CM Huddersfield Town Lower Championship Regular
Cameron Stewart 8/4/91 22 Wing Leeds United Mid-table Championship Regular
Danny Welbeck 26/11/90 22 ST Manchester United Manchester United! Regular



Nicholas Ajose 7/10/91 22 FW Peterborough United Top League One Regular
Robert Brady 14/1/92 21 LW Hull City Lower Premier League Regular
Reece Brown 1/11/91 21 CB/RB/DM Watford/Carlisle United Lower League One Regular
Conor Devlin 23/12/91 21 GK Cliftonville IFA PL (Northen Ireland) Regular
Joshua King 15/1/92 21 ST/RW Blackburn Rovers Mid-table Championship Regular
Davide Petrucci 5/10/91 22 CM Manchester United U21s/Charlton Lower Championship Rotated
Scott Wootton 12/9/91 22 CB Leeds United Mid-table Championship Rotated



John Cofie 21/1/93 20 ST Barnsley Lower Championship Rotated
Larnell Cole 9/3/93 20 CM/RW Fulham/MK Dons Mid-table League One Injured
Ezekiel Fryers 9/9/92 21 LB/CB Tottenham Hotspurs Top Premier League Rotated
Sam Johnstone 25/3/93 20 GK Manchester United U21s/Doncaster Rovers Lower Championship Regular
Will Keane 11/1/93 20 ST Manchester United U21s/QPR Top Championship Regular
Jesse Lingard 15/12/92 20 LW/AM Manchester United U21s/Brighton Top Championship Regular
Ravel Morrison 2/2/93 20 AM/SS West Ham/QPR Lower Premier League Regular
Tom Thorpe 13/1/93 20 CB/CM Manchester United U21s/Birmingham City Mid-table Championship Regular
Ryan Tunnicliffe 30/12/92 20 CM Fulham/Wigan Athletic Top Championship Regular
Paul Pogba 15/3/93 20 CM Juventus Top Serie A Regular
Luke Giverin 4/2/93 20 CM/LB Antwerp? Belgian Second Division Regular
Michael Keane 11/1/93 20 CB/RB Manchester United U21s/Blackburn Rovers Top Championship Regular
Michele Fornasier 3/9/93 20 CB Sampdoria Mid-table Serie A Rotated
Alberto Massacci 27/5/93 20 RB Latina Calcio Serie B Squad Player
Sean McGinty 11/8/93 20 LB Rochdale 



Tyler Blackett 2/4/94 19 LB/CB Manchester United U21s/Birmingham City Mid-table Championship Regular

Luke McCullough 15/2/94 19 CB Doncaster Rovers Lower Championship Rotated
Luke Hendrie 27/8/94 19 CM/RB Derby County Top Championship Reserves
Charni Ekangamene 16/2/94 19 CM/CB Manchester United U21s/Carlisle United Lower League One Regular
Tom Lawrence 13/1/94 19 LW/AM Manchester United U21s/Yeovil Town Lower Championship Regular
Gyliano Van Velzen 14/4/94 19 LW/ST FC Utrecht Lower Eredivisie Squad Player



Matt Daehli 2/3/95 18 LW/AM Cardiff City Lower Premier League Rotated
Sam Byrne 23/7/95 18 ST Manchester United U21s/Carlisle United Lower League One Rotated
Johny Sutherland 3/9/94 19 GK Stafford Rangers FB Eko-Stick Northen Regular
Adnan Januzaj 5/2/95 18 LW/RW/AM Manchester United Manchester United! Rotated
Jack Barmby 14/11/94 18 LW/ST Manchester United U21s/Hartlepool United League Two Regular

Edited by khoazany

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Larnell Cole

Ezekiel Fryers



I had hopes for them  :( 
Edited by NoMas

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Galbraith has left Limerick btw just incase you're going to update this thread at some stage.

His contract wasn't renewd so he's a free agent at the moment sorry to see him leave he was probably our best player


Any idea who he will play for next season?

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Any idea who he will play for next season?

Not a clue like I said he decided against renewing his contract and there was no links to other clubs. I'm guessing he'll be looking to move back to Scotland or England though

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Galbraith. Hadn't heard about him for a while.

Remember him being part of a FA youth cup run IIRC. Had quite a few injuries during his time at United.

I can tell you those injuries persisted :p very good player though albiet very frustrauting too but like I said he was probably our best player and one of the few actually worth going watching :p

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Just found this. Anaylsis about magnus eikrem


Magnus Wolff Eikrem


Manchester United need no introduction, even those who don’t follow football are well versed with arguably, England’s biggest club. For all the trophies that United have won, one can argue their Academy has under-performed. Since the glory days of the Fergie-fledglings, one can hardly recollect any genuinely world-class class product (Adnan Januzaj could be the answer), feel free to disagree. In the meantime, lots of player from the academy showed potential to make a mark at United but for some reason, never quite made it there or will never make it - Giuseppe Rossi, Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison, Federico Macheda, Davide Petrucci, Mats Daehli, Zeki Fryers, Marnick Vermijl and the list goes on. Another player who also showed great promise when he first arrived at United was Magnus Wolff Eikrem.


Eikrem is a Norwegian footballer, currently playing for the Eredivisie side, Heereveen. Most of the United supporters are well aware of him, being an United academy product. He was thought of very highly during his time at the Manchester based club with many people still baffled as to how he didn’t make it at Manchester United, such was the promise he showed. Eikrem began his career at his local Club, Molde FK, when he was 12 years old. Manchester United first became aware of him when he attended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s football school in Norway. Impressed by his showings, Manchester United signed him when he was 16.


Magnus was a regular for the United reserves and also captained the side on numerous occasion, showing the glimpses of his potential but for some reason he never really made it at United with the closest association he had with the first team was being named on the bench vs Wolverhampton in the third round League Cup tie.

In 2011, he was transferred back to his former club, Molde where he was reunited with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was and still is the manager of Molde. Solskjaer had worked with Eikrem closely as he was involved in coaching the youths at United and knew Eikrem inside out. Many United supporters expressed their surprise when it was announced Eikrem was set to join Molde. But United’s loss was Solskjaer’s gain as Molde FK won the league title for the first time in their history and one of the catalyst for it was Magnus Wolf Eikrem with him being nominated for the Young Player of the year award and Player of the year award, winning the former. Molde successfully defended their league title next season with Eikrem again playing a pivotal role.

No sooner, he began attracting interested from various clubs from the top 5 leagues namely, Aston Villa, Borussia Monchengladbach, Werder Bremen and Hannover 96 but in the end it was Heerenveen who signed him in June, 2013 on a 4 year contract.

Style, Strengths and Weaknesses

Magnus Wolff Eikrem belongs to one of those rare brand of creative footballers playing in the middle of the park. Primarily right footed, Eikrem is a really delightful player to watch when on song, often compared with Luka Modric.

Standing 5ft 8in tall, Eikrem has a small stature but what makes him standout is his wise footballing brain, which helps him in making quick decision. Even before receiving the ball he knows what his next move is going to be, always aware of his teammates’ movement or runs which enables to him pick them out with relative ease. Often players who are young and are comparatively inexperienced, tend to panic when closed down by the opponents. But its hardly the same case for the former United player, he’s not fussed by the prospect of being surrounded or chased down by the players, being level headed helps him to negotiate through any difficult situation.

For a player playing in the middle of the park with the responsibility of making the team tick, the passing has to be precise along with being decisive. That about describes Magnus perfectly. Eikrem is well and truly capable of lifting the tempo of the game and at the same time knows when and how to slow down the flow of the game. Passing is one of his strengths, the one quality which makes him standout of the crowd. Eikrem has the ability to open up even the stringiest of defenses without much ado. As mentioned earlier about his ability to to pick out his teammates, it helps him to produce deliveries at a frequent which beats the offside traps. The following image highlights it.


Here, Eikrem (circled) picks up his teammate’s run and perfectly executes a defense splitting through ball.

Of-course such passes would be meaningless if his teammate doesn’t executes his run perfectly which also comes down to the tremendous understanding that Eikrem has with his teammates. Also, thanks to his understanding, it makes it possible for him to play quick one-twos with his teammate on a regular basis. What’s fascinating to see is Eikrem’s wide array of passing maneuvers and the sheer calmness with which he completes them. His over the top balls, catching the defenders unawares are lovely to watch. One can only marvel at how beautifully he executes them. One example of this piece of magic is the following image.


Eikrem (circled) makes a delightful over the top delivery (shown by the blue line) with his teammte’s run shown by the black line.

His passing is not only benefits from his immaculate vision, but also helps in his overall game. Due to his exemplary vision, it enables him to find even the smallest of spaces. Throughout the game, you can see him constantly moving into vacant spaces, eluding the eyes of the opponents. He has a very good engine, which helps him to cover most of the ground. Following heat maps sheds some light on this particular argument.


Technically, Eikrem is very good and the same can be said tactically for him. Generally, he’s seen playing in the middle of the park, but since he is strong on the ball, you can see him being adventurous and venturing forward, obviously on the orders of his manager, depending upon the opponents. Following is his actionmap, highlighting how he can drop deeper and play in more advanced role.



Notice how against Groningen he was more involved in the final third while against the league leaders, Twente, he was involved in deeper areas. Lastly, against AZ is his usual position, venturing forward when needed and staying deeper to breakdown the attacks.

Continuing on breaking down the attacks, what helps him in doing so is his understanding of the game. His average of 1.7 interceptions per game in Eredivisie this season only proves that. He also knows when to put in a tackle when to not. You generally won’t see him indulging in reckless plays or making a dangerous tackle. Taking more about his tackles, he has already made 20 tackles in 7 leagues games this season with only 3 midfielders averaging more tackles per game than Eikrem (2.9). You can expect Eikrem to create chances from central midfield, averaging a chance created every 70.87 mins this season, which is fairly decent.

Another positive of Eikrem is that he tries to keep things tidy and does the things in a simple way. You won’t see him attempting unnecessary skills or as some say, showboating. He is also a great set piece taking option, being a regular free kick taker and corner taker for Molde where he scored some beautiful free kicks and made some delicious deliveries from the corner. Physique wise, he isn’t exactly gifted but he uses his lightweight to his advantage by slipping and sliding through a group of players. He combines his quick and silky feet with sudden acceleration to devastating effect. He has good pace, add to it his short height makes it easier him to cover long distance and outpace the defenders. One such example is the following image.


Quite visible in the image is how behind Eikrem (circled) is to the defender, but thanks to the pace he possesses and his gifted body balance, he outpaces him to reach the ball whose direction is shown by the blue line.

He is a perfect match for Eredivisie but if he has ambitions of joining the clubs from Europe’s top 5 leagues, he needs to hit the gym and bulk up, especially if he wants to witness the dreaded cold, wet, windy night away at Stoke. His goal scoring record is poor though putting the ball into the back of the net isn’t his primary job anyways but he isn’t one not to try to have a go at goal. Concentration can be inconsistent at times with sometimes, he tend to gets frustrated when he isn’t seeing much of the ball.  Due to his short height, we can’t expect him to be winning many aerial duels.

For a young player to be diagnosed with diabetes, isn’t easy. Eikrem was detected of suffering from Diabetes when he was 17, a big setback for a young footballer. But Manchester United have to be applauded for sticking with him during this time and helping him recover from the setback. It was said that Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson himself visited the young midfielder during this tough phase. His development during that point of time came to a standstill as he hardly played any football for the next 6 months. But thankfully, its all settled now and it doesn’t stop it from enjoying his football.



“I regret Magnus never got a chance in the Man Utd first team. The manager felt he wasn’t good enough. He can handle the Dutch top flight and get even better. I see Eikrem as an Ajax-type player, a typical playmaker.â€

— Rene Meulesteen, ex-Manchester United assistant.

“When Magnus is playing well, we (Molde) are playing well. He is our Michael Carrick.â€

— Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Molde manager.

“Magnus is a very talented midfielder who is versatile and has a good pass and kicking technique. We followed Magnus for a while and there was also serious interest from the Bundesliga for him. Therefore, we are very proud that he chose us. â€

— Johan Hansma, Heerenveen Technical Director.



Edited by jokerz

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David Fox is another ex academy player I always liked.


He played for England at all levels up to under 20 but he's now 30 and without a club after Norwich released him in the summer.


Trialled at Rochdale and impressed but wages may have been the reason he didn't sign.

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