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Derek Langley set to quit Manchester United

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Manchester United's academy chief Derek Langley is set to quit the club at the end of the season after growing disillusioned by the state of the club's youth setup, according to The Times. 

The report claims that Langley, who played an important role in the development of the likes of Danny Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj, has become increasingly frustrated by the lack of player recruitment and slump in the academy. 

It has been well documented recently that Manchester City have overtaken United with their youth policy- the Citizens opened an incredible £200m Etihad training campus back in 2014 - so it appears that Langley isn't comfortable with the current direction United are heading in. 

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It appears, then, that Langley hasn't been entirely happy since the Sir Alex Ferguson regime. Under their former manager, the Red Devils had their pick of the elite young players in the north-west, but it now appears that Manchester City have the edge on them in terms of recruitment. 

It's certainly worrying for Manchester United, who have previously prided themselves on implementing youth into their first-team. But with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward leading the way, it appears that the club are now more interested in big name transfer signings. 

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Wrong direction 

Ultimately, though, that hasn't exactly paid off for the Red Devils in recent years with the club failing to come to prominence under Dutchman Louis van Gaal. The manager's long-term future at the club is also in doubt after a tricky opening half to the season at Old Trafford. 

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Indeed, United have it all to do to secure a place in the top four of the Premier League - a place in the Champions League appears to be the minimum requirement for the Dutchman - so it looks set to be an interesting period for all involved at the club.

One thing is for sure, the dynamic at Old Trafford may well have to change sooner rather than later; something isn't quite right. 

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