The Man United youngsters not good enough for Van Gaal

first_imgFor the last two decades, Manchester United have been one of the leading lights in developing and nurturing young talent.However, for the club that once brought football the famed ‘Class of ‘92’ the tide is turning, highlighted by their cull of players over the past few months.While it is unfair to expect a club like Man United to continually churn out top quality young players, it seems as though new boss Louis van Gaal doesn’t seem to believe the current crop are of the standard required to remain at Old Trafford and has wielded his axe.The most recent recipient of the Dutchman’s ire was one-time prospect Davide Petrucci.The 22-year-old was once hailed as a future first team midfielder, but after six years with the club he struggled to live up to expectations and was recently released, with Romanian side Cluj picking him up.His is just the latest example of United’s dearth of top talent, but who else falls into this category? Click the arrow on the right to find out…Man United fans, why do you think the club are unable to develop genuinely talented youngsters? Comment below… Click the arrow to see the Man United youngsters not good enough for Van Gaal – Previous Man United kids have gone on to have trophy laden careers and earned hundreds of international caps between them. However, new boss Louis van Gaal doesn’t seem to believe the current crop are of the standard required to remain at Old Trafford and has wielded his axe… Federico Macheda – Released (Signed for Cardiff City) – Click the arrow for more – When Macheda scored a last minute winner against Aston Villa in 2009 he was tipped as a future United first team player. However, like so many players, his career failed to reach the next level and the young Italian started to stagnate. A string of loan moves and reported attitude problems resulted in Van Gaal cutting him almost immediately this summer. He joined Cardiff City shortly afterwards. Tom Lawrence – Sold to Leicester – Click the arrow for more – Lawrence was a shock starter at the tail end of last season in United’s 3-1 victory over Hull City, but his rising star proved to be nothing more than a false dawn as the club sold him to Leicester this summer. With the superstar options in attack, he was never really going to trouble Van Gaal’s squad this season, but despite being only 20 years old was not deemed worth keeping on. 5 5 Danny Welbeck ��� Sold to Arsenal – Click the arrow for more – It is debateable as to whether Danny Welbeck still classifies as a youngster, but at 23 years old and boasting 92 league appearances for United, many would argue he should be at a much more advanced stage of his development by now. Indeed it seems Van Gaal agrees, given his willingness to sell Welbeck to league rivals Arsenal and for a relatively modest £16m. 5 5 5 Fabio Da Silva – Sold to Cardiff – Click the arrow for more – When the Da Silva brothers arrived at United as precocious youngsters, many tipped Fabio to be the one to excel at the club. However, fast forward nearly eight years later and it is Rafael who remains, with Fabio finding himself plying his trade in English football’s second tier. Injuries haven’t been kind to him, but his form has arguably been even more worrying, and after a dismal loan spell at QPR, United opted to keep Alex Buttner, selling Fabio to Cardiff.last_img read more

Alex Ferguson urges Manchester United fans to keep calm and rally behind Van Gaal

first_imgAlex Ferguson has urged Manchester United supporters to get behind under-fire manager Louis van Gaal despite the side struggling to avoid a third hugely disappointing campaign since the all-conquering Scot retired.United are sixth in the Premier League and face strong competition from West Ham United and bitter rivals Manchester City to clinch fourth place, the final Champions League spot, with eight games remaining.The Red Devils are 16 points behind leaders Leicester City and the FA Cup appears to be their only hope of silverware this season despite heavy off-season investment, but they face a daunting quarter-final replay at West Ham on April 13.Ferguson pointed out the host of injuries Van Gaal has had to deal with throughout the season, while also trying to integrate their summer additions into the squad.”It is dead easy to be critical. You have to be realistic about some things. The number of injuries he has had… if you have players missing of that calibre it has to have an impact on the team,” the club’s most successful manager told British media.”The other aspect which is always easy to forget, there are five new players in their first season at United and two are young players in (Anthony) Martial and Memphis (Depay), and their promise is good.”You have to have some patience being a Manchester United fan and they have shown that over the years; in Matt Busby’s time, in my time.”Van Gaal has brought through a number of academy players this term, such as striker Marcus Rashford, who has netted five times in eight appearances, and Ferguson has tipped the 18-year-old for greater things.advertisement”He’s given nine young players their debut — I think the future is good. Rashford is an example of what I think is Manchester United… Rashford is a sensation and one of the best in years,” Ferguson said.Van Gaal’s side host 12th-placed Everton at Old Trafford in the league on Sunday.last_img read more