Manchester United have more home-grown players in their 25-man Premier League squad than Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea.
Out of the 25 players, 12 are registered as home-grown which is more than any of our biggest rivals.
United (* = homegrown): Ben Amos*, David De Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Jonny Evans*, Phil Jones*, Rafael*, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Marnick Vermijl*; Anderson, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick*, Angel Di Maria, Marouane Fellaini, Darren Fletcher*, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard*, Juan Mata, Davide Petrucci*, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young*; Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie.
After United’s record breaking spend this summer, members of the British press hailed it as a watershed moment where United turned its back on the roots of youth.
However, as the numbers show, despite an influx of foreign stars at Old Trafford there is still a home-grown core that remains strong. So much for United turning its back on youth.
Tyler Blackett is one of the players who has broken through into the first-team since the arrival of Louis van Gaal and in an interview with the FA, his explanation of the new boss’ attitude sums up his ethos perfectly.
He said: “The manager told us all, right from the word go really, that he’s not scared of using the young players so we’re all ready to go and try to prove that we can play at this level. It’s been good for all of us.”
United are far from turning their back on the traditions of youth at Old Trafford. The influx of new players has only improved the quality of the first-team squad, it won’t stop Van Gaal giving youngsters opportunities.