Sir Alex Ferguson confident Manchester United's youth system will keep club top of the pile

10 May 2011 01:05
ShareSir Alex Ferguson is confident Manchester United are set for prolonged period of dominance thanks to a conveyor belt of young talent willing and able to pick up the baton from his current squad.

The Red Devils stand on the brink of a record 19th Premier League title following their impressive win over nearest rivals Chelsea last weekend, a match which showed a formidable gap in class between United and the rest.

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A draw at lowly Blackburn on Saturday would be enough to take Sir Alex Ferguson's side beyond Liverpool as the country's most successful club ever, and leave the manager himself with 12 titles, one behind Arsenal's own haul.

United's success can be put in part down to Ferguson's own appetite for glory, and with the prospect of another 'golden generation' waiting in the wings, it seems likely that 69-year-old will continue for several more years yet.

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'Over the last decade, we've worked upon bringing young talent into the club, like, Wayne Rooney, Chicharito, Anderson and Nani, and we've brought all these players,' said Ferguson speaking to the Mirror.

'But that doesn't dismiss the fact that we like to produce our own young players and I think there are several players in the present youth team who are doing really well.

'The likes of Ryan Tunnicliffe and Ravel Morrison, you see some of them doing very, very well, so we're always going to put an emphasis on young players coming through from the youth team. That will always be the case.

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We've got some excellent young players of good ages, you know. Like, for instance, Chicharito, who is 22, Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson, who are 23, and Chris Smalling who's 21.

'So, yeah, we've got a good nucleus of young players in the club which gives you the foundation to be able to protect the future and know it's going to be alright.'

Ferguson's claims about the strength of his youth development system can be proven in the club's recent FA Youth Cup record. Later this month, United go head-to-head with Sheffield United in the final, there third showpiece in eight years.

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