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United - A Natural Evolution?

Last season, in a brilliant piece of mind-game propaganda, Sir Alex fired a broadside towards Stamford Bridge suggesting his ageing stars were fading preventing a serious title challenge.

As it turned out, United took the title with Chelsea trailing in after a mid-season slump that saw a managerial change.

Well this season, those same ageing Chelsea players appear, unless we can clutch those straws, to have defied those words uttered by Sir Alex.

Looking a tour own squad, it`s interesting to see that new contracts have been given to three of our oldest players in the squad, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.

Not wishing to question their ability to produce next season, it has to be asked whether United are on the verge of having to rebuild a team or whether the introduction of certain individuals has resulted I a natural replacement programme being put in place.

In a media interview, given recently, Sir Alex answers the above question quite well, ensuring everybody that the age problem is under control,

"What I have to do is make decisions on now is how to improve the team."

Are we ready to build a new team?"

"Because when you challenge for four titles in a row, two European Cups, League Cup Finals, and FA Cup Finals, there is a draining effect."

"You have to be aware of that and spot the moment when it`s time to freshen, time to change one or two players."

"It`s not a desire to do it; it`s a need to do it, simply because the demands and pressure on the players over a long period can be demanding."

"People don`t recognize that we`ve signed three players for 20 million already."

"Young Chris Smalling has signed for us, Mame Diouf has done well and Javier Hernandez, from Mexico, will join us after the World Cup."

"Those are three young players whose futures are guaranteed at this club."

"There are others who fall into this bracket like Jonny Evans, Federico Macheda, Gabriel Obertan, Danny Welbeck and Darron Gibson."

"So we have a good nucleus and foundation of players who can carry the club for a long time."


Interesting though, that the famous progression from our youth academy; highlighted by the natural progression of Beckham, Scholes, Giggs etc, doesn`t quite seem so productive this time around.

Anyone care to ponder why or is it early days with numerous youngsters set to burst onto the scene, given half a chance!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 6 2010

Time: 4:49PM

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That batch was always goign to be a one off. To get that many players who can make it to the highest levels in those numbers is very very rare. The youngsters we have though are going to be pushing for recognition. I think we have quite a few talented players and the influx of youngsters from other leagues over the last three years has been of very high quality!
elvido
Two reasons why we havent produced another golden generation. The first is that chelsea's squad of experienced internationals have raised the bar in terms of the consistency needed to win the league. You simply cant afford to throw 4 or 5 academy products in at the same time if you want to guarantee trophies. Secondly, when you get a crop of teens good enough to make it into the first team its virtually impossible to bring any new ones through whilst they are in the team. What chance does a talented 18 year old have of replacing a talented 24 year old? Does anyone honestly think Fabregas would be as good as he is if he had stayed at barca and not made his mark on the team until his early 20's whilst waiting for Xavi and Iniesta to step aside? Young players with real potential need to play as much as possible to become great players. No one can tell me that the twins, anderson, nani, pogba, petrucci, morrisson, macheda, welbeck, king, keane etc have any less natural talent than beckhams generation had at the same age - the difference in how their careers turn out will all be based on opportunities. Becks, Scholes and the nevilles were all early 20s when they made an impact, yet these days we look at someone like gibson and say he is too old to make it at united. Ive even heard people writing off anderson and fabio and both are far more talented than the nevilles or butt were at the same age - they even have more top level experience (especially anderson). On one hand I'd love to see us sign top players and go and win everything next season but I'd also love to see some of our young players mature - and I think its very difficult to get both.
tuscan3000
I'd say Mourinho raised the bar but it's slipped in recent years, look at the winning points total now compared to when he strode in!
Red Boy
he'd be perfect to replace Fergie in my opinion!
Red Boy
He would be perfect but not long term and not so sure he would be bringing in youngsters from the academy. He depends on experience and I would not want trophies at the cost of our youth system! I hope Ole has a chance!!
elvido
Tuscan3000 - Well said, I agree completely.
nordkap
 

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