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Manchester United Still Reaping Fruits Of The Academy - Ryan Giggs

Manchester United Still Reaping Fruits Of The Academy - Ryan Giggs

Manchester United Legend Ryan Giggs believes that the United's way of giving kids a chance has helped the club's academy become the biggest producer of Premier League talent ,which has been backed up by a study conducted by Press Association Sport found that United's academy graduates last season racked up more top-flight minutes than players coming from any other system across the world.

From the study, 34 players who came up from the United's Academy made up more time in last seasons Premier League, than any other Academy in the world. The players which included Red Devils regulars Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, as well as West Brom captain Darren Fletcher, Burnley pair Tom Heaton and Michael Keane, and Leicester duo Danny Drinkwater and Danny Simpson.

"I think you have to go back to when Sir Alex first joined the club and overhauled the whole youth system,'' Giggs told Press Association Sport.

"He made sure there was a pathway for young, local players to get into the first team. From then on the youth system and that pathway to the first team has just got stronger and stronger, so when parents are picking a team for their son to go to and they want them to get to the first team, they pick United because you've seen over the years Man United give young players a chance.
"Then there is the coaching, the way they are looked after, the way first-team players look after the young players coming into the team. There's a number of reasons, but I think you have to go back 30 years ago to when it all started.''

Manchester United Academy graduates accumulated a total of 44,055 minutes in the Premier League last term, which was more than any other clubs Academy, Tottenham the next biggest contributors with 19,995 minutes

"When a coach is looking to sign a young player -- and I know this from experience of ex-teammates who have gone on to manage -- they know what the players have been through [at United], the training, the grounding, what they have learned on and off the pitch,'' Giggs said.
"It's a no-brainer if they've got ability, which most of them have, to pick a United player. You know their pedigree, you know what you are going to get, you know how they've been coached, that they know how to play football the right way.

"And of course there's that bit of, 'Alright, I'll show United they shouldn't have let me go,' which is what you want. [It's] not sulking, but saying, 'I'll show them what they are missing.'
"It's great to see. As a club you take pride in that; OK they've not made it at United, but they've still gone away and made successful careers for themselves.''
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