Eric Harrison believes that foreign players coming into the Barclays Premier League are causing problems for home grown talent, with the next generation of wonder kids in desperate need of support from their clubs.

Harrison today lauded the young talent to come out of Old Trafford, singling Tom Cleverley out for special praise.


And the youth coach said that he believes it would be a sad indictment on English football if young players at Manchester United aren’t given precedence over foreign stars.

"That would be very, very sad. When any young player goes to a football club their aim must is to make it into the first team,” he said.

"There is the temptation to buy someone ready-made but if that means young players are blocked, it is a real tragedy.

"At United progressing youth players is part and parcel of the club. I know that when Sir Alex eventually decides it is time to go upstairs, a large part of the interviews for the candidates to replace him will concern their plans for how to keep the development of youth players going."

United currently have some big performing young players on the bill, with Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling and Cleverley all showing their worth for the Red Devils this season.

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