Are Manchester United approaching a new era?

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With the remainder of the Sir Alex Ferguson's 90s prodigies facing the end of their careers, are we about to see the end of another chapter in Manchester United's illustrious history? Having seen the 'Busby Babes' and 'Fergie's Fledglings', without Fergie, will there be such a thing?

The 71-year-old legend has spent more than 25 years at the Manchester club, and although he claims there are years to come, his retirement is inevitable. Perhaps he feels there is unfinished business; losing out to Manchester City for the Premier League title on goal difference last year, as well as coming worse off in the last two European Cup finals his men reached.

However with Pep Guardiola in the mix for the job and with Jose Mourinho looking as though he is coming to and end with his time at the Bernabeu, neither of these men would make a bad replacement for the Scottish veteran.

What I am getting at is maybe we are about to see a new type of Manchester United. Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes appear to be the end of an era of 'youth development'.

Last season saw the Old Trafford club lose hold of Paul Pogba, 19, Ravel Morrison, 19, and Zeki Fryers, 20, all players who showed extreme promise. The youngest players at the club now lie in the likes of Nick Powell,18, a recent purchase from Crewe and Phil Jones, 20, a former Blackburn man.

It was not long ago that the foundation of the United side was purely made up of former United academy players, and as Scholes prepares a second shot at retirement and Giggs approaching his 40th birthday, we say goodbye to not only two United legends, but also a type of player United used to be so familiar with.

United still have produced the likes of Rafael and Danny Welbeck, however, who have, in recent years, burst into the first team. But with United spending the 'big bucks' on Robin Van Persie whilst still appearing to search for another forward, it is hard to see Welbeck finding it onto the United strikeforce. Let's not forget Dimitar Berbatov, former highest Premier League goalscorer, also failing to do so.

To see United's recent policy of turning academy stars into Premier League stars disappear would be a sad sight, but perhaps something necessary for the club to compete with the big spenders. Maybe now it is true, "You can't win anything with kids."

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