The Manchester derby for young talent
Manchester City and Manchester United are among the best teams in the world today. Both clubs have highly experienced squads, which are complemented by youngsters of the calibre of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Juan Jesus.
Pushed in right at the deep end, these players are over performing massively for their famous Premier League clubs.
Manchester City are definitely better at spotting young talent and ‘stealing’ them from other clubs; in contrast, Manchester United are much better at bringing players up through the ranks of their academy. Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are living proof of this.
Most people don’t understand how such young and promising players just pop up every now and again but, if you look at the stats, just 2% of academy players make it through to play in the top four tiers of English football.
A senior Manchester City scout quoted, “Well what can you do exactly – what can you offer someone who’s got better than what you have? What do you offer that person to come to work for you? You write a cheque.”
Even the most talented of youngsters can face a long wait to just to get on the sub’s bench. They often have to be very patient for their breakthrough. Fame and fortune sometimes have to wait.
Will, YJA Sports Correspondent
Senior Young Journalist
Year 6, Heighington Millfield Primary Academy