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Robbie Savage names one thing Man Utd always do better than Man City

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The arrival of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in their respective roles means today's Manchester derby is one of the most eagerly anticipated in years.

The rivalry between United and City has always been there, but it is only in recent years - essentially since the blue half of Manchester was taken over by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 - that the two sides have returned to competing at the same level.

However, just because they are now both amongst the top sides in Europe and both boast elite managers in their ranks, that doesn't mean they are on completely even footing. That's according to Robbie Savage at least, who has pinpointed one area in which the Red Devils are still streets ahead of their city rivals.

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"From the Busby Babes to Best, Beckham and the Class of 92, United remains a club built on scouting young talent and turning them into international stars," Savage said in his column for the Mirror ahead of this afternoon's derby.

"When will we next see a home-grown player score the winner for City in the FA Cup final, as Jesse Lingard did for United four months ago?

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"When will we next see a home-grown player score the winner for City in the derby, as Marcus Rashford did for United at the Etihad last season?"


Savage was, of course, a United academy graduate himself after rising through the ranks alongside the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in the 'class of '92'.

And, whilst that might make his a little bias when praising United's ability to mould young talent compared to City, his point holds true when looking at the current squads.

"Even after all the big spending of late, the major talking point this week has been whether Rashford, who cost nothing, will make Jose Mourinho’s starting XI at Old Trafford.

"Where are the academy graduates in City’s likely line-up? How many of Pep Guardiola’s strongest side came through the ranks at the Etihad? It won’t take long to count them."

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With City having arrived late to the Premier League title scene after the huge investment they received in 2008, they may well still be a few years behind United when it comes to nurturing their own talent.

There's nothing more fans love to see than 'one of their own' performing for their club at a high level, which is what makes Rashford's rise to prominence a feel good story at Old Trafford.

If he is able to become the hero on derby day for the second time in his young career with a goal today, Savage will certainly feel like his point will have been vindicated.

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