Paper Talk Discussion: The Young Players Will Be My Real Legacy


By Ben Davies

Mirror article here: Sir Alex Ferguson: The Young Players Will Be My Real Legacy

Well, well, well… after defeating the MLS All Stars the youngsters are once again World beaters. The doom and gloom merchants were out in full force after the defeat to Kansas City Wizards – a complete knee jerk reaction. This player or that player was no longer good enough; Sir Alex Ferguson was being questioned for his faith in the much touted youngsters and the transfer hungry amongst us were desperate to splash the cash. In the same instance it would be foolish to over-react to the victory. We however have seen a glimpse of why Fergie’s confidence in the younger players is perhaps not misplaced.

Recently we’ve heard similar comments suggesting there is no value in market. There are bargains to be had – Sneijder last summer is a prime example, Valencia and perhaps Ozil too. Perhaps Obertan, Hernandez and Smalling will be viewed as bargains in two years. On the whole though, I do tend to agree with Fergie considering the vast amounts of money Manchester City and Real Madrid have spent recently. Not a chance is Fergie going to break the current wage structure to pay a player £220k per week, especially on a player like Toure. He’s good but never worth that. Milner worth £30m – nah! We ourselves have been guilty of over inflating the transfer market (breaking the transfer record on several occasions) so to be overcritical of City and Madrid is probably hypocritical.

When referring to youngsters in squad, I’m reminded by comments Fergie made three or four years ago. The comments suggested he will leave a talented team/squad for the next manager. The current youngsters have the potential to play for Man United for next 10 years, emulating the likes of Scholes, Giggs etc. Obviously all the younger players will not make the grade; if four of this batch can make the grade then it will be classed as a success. Combine these players with the likes of Rooney, Nani, Evans and we’ll have the backbone of a team capable of challenging for honours.

Sir Alex Ferguson probably won’t see the benefit of his own work, hopefully his successor will. He probably knows this himself, which highlights his desire for United to remain a force once he retires. Of course, many are concerned we are not spending £30m and perhaps rightly so. Only time will tell if Fergie is correct to place his faith in youngsters.

If you wish to discuss this issue further with myself or other members of the Stretford End Arising community, you can do so in the Forum

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