Friday, June 05, 2009


I feel Manchester United have proven how good they are, now i hope Sir Alex Ferguson will develop the youth team instead of buying ...
I totally Agree with the Article Below taken from

Don't buy big, develop

I've seen a lot of people on the Talking Reds message board saying we should sign superstar players such as Ribery, Kaka, Messi, Benzema and Huntelaar, among others. I disagree.

Apart from the current financial situation, I feel there is another reason that we shouldn't bother trying to sign any of them - our history. United has a history of developing great players rather than buying them at their peaks.

David Beckham, George Best, Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville are all great examples of players who came through the Old Trafford youth system, while signings such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were bought very early in their careers and have been well trained by Sir Alex and his coaching staff to become world-class players.

On the other hand, Juan Sebastian Veron is just one quick example of a player bought at a high price who failed to live up to expectations. Andriy Shevchenko (Milan to Chelsea), Michael Owen (Real Madrid to Newcastle) and Robbie Keane (Tottenham to Liverpool) are examples of what can happen when a big name transfers to another club in their prime, only to be an absolute flop.

United have traditionally produced - and are still more than capable of producing - world-class players. One of the reasons why Sir Matt Busby is regarded as one of our greatest managers of all time is due to the fact that he could develop a great young squad. Had Munich never happened, his Babes might have become the greatest squad of all time.

More recently, six of the Champions League final squad members in 1999 were from the youth system - seven if you count Paul Scholes who was suspended. Last year's Champions League final squad had five youth-team graduates. So probably our three most talented squads ever - Sir Alex's European champions (x 2) plus the Busby Babes - have all featured a significant presence of "home-grown" players.

With our current squad, guys such as Macheda, Welbeck, Gibson, Rafael, Fabio, Tosic, Ljajic, Evans, Petrucci and Possebon could all become players who develop to perhaps the same level as guys such as Giggs, Scholes and Neville, who they may replace.

I don't see the need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on someone like Kaka, Ribery, Messi, Huntelaar, Benzema or David Villa, when they may in fact play below the level expected of them.

I also think that by developing players, they go through the early stages of their career learning how United play, and they can tweak their playing style accordingly. When you buy a star player, you buy their playing style and as they are that bit older, it's harder for them to adjust their game to what is best for United.

So I say don't buy big this summer, keep developing players instead.
-Report by Dizza the Aussie


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