Fergie’s youngsters fail to flourish
Manchester United have previously proved to even their harshest critics in the Premier League that they know precisely how best to develop youth, with the club in the past producing the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, and Gary Neville. However, it is undeniable that, more recently, Fergie has failed miserably to find his magic touch when it comes to developing precocious young talent.
This became no more evident than last night at Upton Park, when United fans were forced to sit back and watch as a side composed of a mixture of youth and experience was ripped apart in a 4-0 defeat at the hands of struggling West Ham United. This was clearly a sign for all to see that perhaps the future does not look bright for United’s youngsters.
Despite Javier Hernandez already showing a few magic touches this season since his arrival at the club, and Rafael successfully replacing Gary Neville as the club’s best right back, Fergie has repeatedly failed to develop a new spine capable of replacing adequately his aging Manchester United side. Anyone looking to bet on Premier League winner should remember this.
With the Glazers’ debt still limiting the amount of money the club has to spend on bringing new talent in to the squad, the onus has fallen firmly on Sir Alex to develop, rather than purchase, a side that is capable of continuing to challenge those at the top of the English Premier League and in European competition.
Should Fergie fail to show that he is capable of following in the footsteps of Arsene Wenger and bring through a batch of youngsters who are capable of replacing his star players, then United could be set to endure a barren patch similar to that which Arsenal are still hoping to emerge from. The Premier League weekend predictions suggest United will get back to winning ways again Blackpool, but will they really hold out for the rest of the season?
After previously suggesting that United fans are only happy when trophies are coming to Old Trafford, the pressure is only likely to increase on Fergie to show he can still find the diamonds in the rough.