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I am talkng about the exodus of the Utd old guard, today the papers report VDS is to retire come the end of the season. So who's next on the list of those set to retire or get the push. The list is long. Defenders include the likes of Brown, Neville and Ferdinand. Midfielders include Hargreaves, Carrick, Scholes and Giggs. Up front Owen maybe surplus.
Does anyone seriously think that any of the above will offer much in the following season? Unfortunately, if the answer is no to even five or six of the above, letting them go or retirements won't raise you a penny to replace them.
Youth maybe the answer. But to me it looks like lean years ahead.
Carrick is 29 actually, but the point is he isn't good enough for you. Ferdinand is a fighter and quality player, but its all about his injuries. Owen won't be missed I agree there's much better coming through.
Yep your youth system is excellent, but its gonna have to be.
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The majority of the players mentioned have another 4 or 5 years left playing at the top level.This should allow the talent in the academy and the reserves to flourish and attain first team status.
Two players currently playing in the under 18 team worth watching are Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison.Pogba is a bit like Patrick Viera but with more skill on the ball and Morrison is a very skillful midfield player who also carries a good shot.
I fully expect these two to develope in the coming 3 years.
i think the likes of neville, giggs and scholes will go when sir alex goes, which could be as early as next season.
and yes it could mean lean years, nothing is a given in football.
look at arsenal, good football, but nothing to show in 6 years.
at united a lean spell is a couple of years,
but united were the 1st to introduce fantastic youth players, the busby babes, then of course the class of the 90,s and noughties, others have tried to copy our policy, and failed, so im confident that, although we may have a few years coming where we dont produce silverware, it will only be a small blip