Manchester United celebrate unrivalled Academy milestone
When Manchester United take on Everton on 15 December, it will be the 4000th senior match in succession in which at least one youth graduate is represented in the Reds’ first-team or matchday squad. This extraordinary record stretches back over nine decades to before the Second World War.
Today’s youth graduates – including Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe, Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood – are adding to a rich heritage which has been at the heart of the club’s identity since the 4000 game-run began in 1937.
The club’s dedication to the development of home-grown talent is, and will remain, a core part of the club’s identity and strategy, with the aim of building further generations of successful and exciting United teams in keeping with the spirit of the Busby Babes and the Class of '92.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, said: “Giving young players a chance is a tradition that we are very proud of; it’s part of our DNA and you learn that very quickly when you join the club. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing a player that has come through our Academy thriving on the football pitch. Young players can only surprise you and impress you when you give them a chance to show their talent. It’s a milestone that we are proud of and long may it continue!”
Nicky Butt, Head of First Team Development, said: “This is an amazing record; it tells you everything about Manchester United. The ultimate aim for the Academy is to get players into the first team and for that to have happened for 4000 consecutive games is an extraordinary achievement. So much goes into the development of an individual player; there are coaches, scouts, kit men, chefs, ground staff, teachers, landladies, drivers and so much more. Everyone at the club plays a vital role and should be extremely proud of this milestone.”
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