David Moyes has told reporters at this afternoon’s press conference that Manchester United may not sign a replacement for the departing Nemanja Vidic and could promote a youngster from the academy.
So far, only Adnan Januzaj has been promoted from our academy into the first team and his impact has been phenomenal but Moyes’ indication is that there will be more to follow in the future.
David Moyes says Nemanja Vidic’s replacement could come from within. “I’ve got young centre-backs & I want to see what they’re capable of.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 7, 2014
The first choice defender for promotion to the first team squad would be Michael Keane who has been sent out to Blackburn Rovers on loan today.
He has progressed fantastically well having played against Newcastle and Chelsea in the Capital One Cup last season and for England’s Under-21s, he has become one of Gareth Southgate’s regulars.
As well as Keane, United’s Under-21s captain Tom Thorpe would be another potential candidate but in terms of career progression, Keane is ahead of him in the pecking order.
Moyes saying that United could replace from within shouldn’t be seen as a negative. Fans have called for Moyes to promote the youth so when he hints it will happen, it should be taken as a positive.
In Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, United have three defenders who have the potential to be world class in the future so blooding somebody like Keane into the side, who would be happy with the occasional game from the bench, might be the best situation.
Of course, this depends on Moyes still being United’s manager but you get the impression from the club that we are going to stick by him at least until next year where, when he has his own team working for him, he’ll have no excuses if it is under-performing.