Gary Neville on Man Utd tradition that Old Trafford giants must 'never' stop


Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes the club should always try to keep its tradition of developing academy graduates and promoting youth into the first-team.

Neville was part of the fabled Class of ’92, which saw the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs come through the youth team and eventually end up as key first-team players.

Within the current side there are also a number of youngsters who initially came through the academy at United, such as Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams.

And speaking to Sky Sports Neville said United must ensure they continue to put an emphasis on youth.

Gary Neville along with the Class of ’92

Manchester United can never play without academy players in its first team squad,” he said. “It is far too important a value to drop and that was something born out of the 1950s.

“I think Manchester United won the Youth Cup for the five or six years on the bounce with Bobby Charlton winning three of four of them.

“I think from those very early years the sort of academy was so important to the club and those principles.

“Even thinking about the simple things like the club blazer at Manchester United that was worn by the Busby Babes, you still see the Manchester United players wear to this day. You have to keep certain things the same.

“We know the rest of technology moves on and nutrition, sports science, everything moves forward but some things have to remain stable.

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Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood came through the academy at United

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“And I think with Manchester United those things that were born in the 50s and 60s under Sir Matt Busby, culminating in that 1968 [European Cup] victory, it’s important that we still see values deployed at the club, and by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the first-team manager.”

United will continue their hunt for a spot in the top four when football resumes next month, with Solskjaer’s side lying just three points behind Chelsea.





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