Ryan Giggs has insisted that the commitment of Manchester United to Youth Development remains strong. The club has a proud record of having a minimum of one homegrown player in every match day squad but the recent sale of academy graduate Danny Welbeck and hefty spending of the summer transfer window has led people to believe that things may be changing now.
Giggs, one of United’s greatest youth products, said ‘The club will never change. The history of the club is to play exciting football, always give youngsters a chance, keep to the traditions of the club.
‘Okay Danny has left, which is obviously disappointing because you never want to see a homegrown player leave, but this is a manager who gave Seedorf his chance, Kluivert his chance, Iniesta his chance, Xavi, Thomas Muller – he has got a track record of giving youngsters a chance. Giggs added, ‘Players will leave but we have got to make sure young players come through because United fans demand it. I want to see young players come through.
‘That has been (the case) right through the history of Manchester United and we never want to lose that.’
Over the summer, United spent more than £150million in a major squad rebuild after last season’s disappointments.
Nicky Butt, another former youth star, said ‘I think all clubs are changing. He added, ‘I think Man Utd was probably one of the last outstanding ones that had the connection between youth and the first team – to be fair to Liverpool now they are doing that very well – but we are still trying to do that.’