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YPT brings you the latest news and information from Manchester United’s academy

Manchester United’s commitment to developing our own players – a tradition that would gift the likes of Best, Charlton, Edwards, Giggs and Scholes to the beautiful game – can be traced back to the 1930s, when club chairman James Gibson was the driving force.


Scott McTominay has revealed that he doesn’t like the rule that means youth players at Manchester United must wear black boots, but admitted that the rule is the reason for the academy’s success.

Nicky Butt has a unique way of explaining the role of Manchester United’s academy when it comes to turning a young footballer into, hopefully, one of the best in the world.

Man United celebrate 4,000 consecutive games with a youth teamer in a matchday squad this week and the MEN spoke to academy head Nick Cox.

The Man United striker has been one of several academy graduates to star in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team this season.

“I kept seeing my friends get released. They had the ability to play in the lower leagues, but they didn’t have an agent, weren’t really connected and they’d fall out of love with football. That’s where the energy to create the app came from.”

Head of the Manchester United academy Nick Cox has revealed the holistic approach to youth development at Old Trafford.

Butt reports directly to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and works closely with Nick Cox, who was promoted to head of academy in July having spent three successful years at the club following roles at Watford and Sheffield United.

George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham – four of the greatest names in the game, all reared within Manchester United’s fabled youth set-up and now helping to inspire the next generation coming off this prolific production line.

Manchester United’s under-23s team – which is full of 17-year-olds – have won seven, drawn one and lost one of their nine games so far this season. Granted they’re playing in the second tier after relegation last season (and results can be misleading at this level), but it is obvious the recent investment in the youth system is starting to pay dividends. 

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen used to tell Jesse Lingard to try to emulate Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.

Lingard has had been on a terrible run of form, without a goal or an assist in this calendar year.

Meulensteen, who coached the 26-year-old in the academy for six years, has revealed how he used Iniesta as inspiration for Lingard.

MEN Sport Manchester United writer Dominic Booth and Football.London writer James Benge discussed the best young players at United and Arsenal and which team has the edge in each position…