Paul Scholes is worried Manchester City will become the place where Manchester’s best talents now flock to instead of Manchester United thanks to their new £200m academy.
The impressive complex now give City arguably the best facilities in the country and gives them the best possible platform to maximise potential in youngsters.
With a promise from Sheikh Mansour to take 75% of their youngsters from the local area, Scholes is worried United may lose their status as the best place for youngsters in Manchester.
Writing in his latest column for The Independent, Scholes said: “United have won 10 FA Youth Cups, more than any club in the land and eight more than City. Yet the buzz in Manchester is that it is City now who have the better academy programme. That it is City who are getting the better players in the local area.
“How that has happened, I cannot say definitively but it will come down to more than one factor. Clearly, the offer of a professional contract when a boy turns 17, and the size of that contract can never be ignored.”
Scholes is right in that City’s academy can challenge United’s but until they build up their own legacy, Carrington will always be known as the best place for youngsters to hone their skills in Manchester.
Decades of regularly producing youngsters who go on to be stars has been a staple part of United’s history as a club and although City now have the platform to build their own legacy, they will never be able to compete with United’s long, illustrious and proven history of producing stars.
This year is no different with Louis van Gaal on to set a record for the most Man United youngsters given their debut in a single season having already handed seven players their first game in a United shirt.
City’s facilities are newer than United’s and they’ll certainly be able to offer better money but we don’t think there is any reason for United to be worried.
There are some things money can’t buy and until City start regularly producing players like Daniel Sturridge, their academy will remain in United’s shadow.