Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford at Old Trafford.

Stat shows the impact of United's Academy

When Marcus Rashford’s new Manchester United contract was announced on Monday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described the 21-year-old as a “shining example of the talent that our Academy produces”.

As a bona-fide club icon and former boss of the Reserves team, Solskjaer has a deep appreciation for the youth set-up and it is evident that homegrown players are forming a big part of his plans. 

Here, our research shows that the Academy is playing a massive role in first-team endeavours... 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says

"Marcus is a shining example of the talent that our Academy produces and his upbringing means that he truly understands what it means to play for Manchester United."

A NEW RECORD

We can confirm that United scored 65 Premier League goals across the 2018/19 season, and 30 of those were netted by five different Academy graduates – which equates to 46 per cent of the overall tally. 

That is a club record in the Premier League era and beats the previous best of 41 per cent, set in the 1995/96 campaign that is most famous for the Class of ‘92’s collective arrival in senior football. 

Scroll down the check out the numbers in more detail…

PERCENTAGE OF PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS FROM ACADEMY GRADUATES

1: 2018/19 | 30 of 65 goals from the Academy = 46.15%
2: 1995/96 | 30 of 73 goals from the Academy = 41.10%
3: 1997/98 | 29 of 73 goals from the Academy = 39.73%
4: 2002/03 | 29 of 74 goals from the Academy = 39.19%
5: 1992/93 | 24 of 67 goals from the Academy = 35.82%

PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS BY ACADEMY GRADUATES IN 2018/19

Paul Pogba = 13
Marcus Rashford = 10
Jesse Lingard = 4
Scott McTominay = 2
Andreas Pereira = 1
GIVING YOUTH A CHANCE

Earlier this week, Solskjaer took charge of our first pre-season training session of the summer and several Academy graduates were pictured by our official club photographers. 

Fledgling centre-back Axel Tuanzebe was also part of the group following his return from Aston Villa, where he performed brilliantly during an educational loan spell in 2018/19.

It will be fascinating to see which of them are included in the travelling squad for Tour 2019, which begins when the group departs for Australia on Sunday afternoon. 

The manager has spoken of his desire to build a young squad and that ambition is becoming a reality, following the recent signing of 21-year-old talents Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 

As Sir Matt Busby once said, if you’re good enough, then you’re old enough.

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