Manchester United officials determined to promote youth

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Manchester United officials are angry at the public perception that the club have abandoned their policy of promoting youth, according to The Daily Mirror.

The Old Trafford outfit broke records in the summer transfer market in what was the biggest overhaul of the squad in their long history. Louis van Gaal spent £150 million bringing six players in while as many as 12 were shown the exit door.

Evolution or revolution?

The excessive movement was far flung from the sustainable approach installed by long-standing manager Alex Ferguson, whose ethos seems to have gone out of the window since stepping down in 2012.

However, Manchester United a determined to keep their traditions intact and are committed to bringing young and local players through the academy and into the first team. After this summer's revolution, officials want the impetus turned back to evolution.

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Marquee additions

No one can accuse Manchester United of not being ambitious in this summer's transfer window. Angel Di Maria joined from Real Madrid for a British record deal of £59.7 million while Radamel Falcao joined on loan from Monaco.

Those additions were praised by some quarters of Old Trafford, but lamented by traditionalists who saw youth product Danny Welbeck sold to rivals Arsenal as a result. Some believed that the marquee additions were a sign of a new Galactico-esque era, with the emphasis on buying, not developing.

Strong foundations

But Manchester United officials are adamant that the club will not go down the road of Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City, who accelerated their path to the top with heavy spending. Instead they think they are well set up to introduce a new generation of talent.

Young striker James Wilson was reportedly placed ahead of Welbeck in Van Gaal's mind, and was the main reason the England international left. Meanwhile Tyler Blackett, Michael Keane (now on loan to Burnley) and Reece James have all been introduced to the first team. Jesse Lingard is currently injured, but is expected to return to the fold once recovered.

Homegrown squad

Out of their 35-man squad, Manchester United boast 14 English players–more than Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham–and 21 players under the age of 25.

Van Gaal, who has brought through the likes of Thomas Muller during his career, is well versed on player development and Manchester United expect him to assist in their pursuit to deliver the next 'Class of 92'.

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