As Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea continue to strengthen their ranks with established players, Manchester United have chosen to put their faith in talented youngsters.
Although many have criticised Ferguson’s decision to choose relatively inexperienced players in the Red Devils starting 11, especially after the club’s exit from European competitions, the manager stands firm in his belief that the club’s philosophy will pay off in the long run as it did once before.
“I think we’ll probably stick to what we’ve been doing, after the spell of domination when we won the Treble in 1999 and then the two leagues following that by good points margins, that team came to an end. Everybody got older, Ronny Johnsen had some injuries, Peter Schmeichel left the club.” Ferguson said to the club’s official website.
“There was a period when we were in transition. We then tried to build teams of young players who had been developed at the club – players like Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo – as well as a few others who were coming through the youth teams.”
The Scot explained that he has tried to do the same with the team this season, and he has faith the squad now have the right mix of developing talent and experience.
“I think we did what we had to do in the summer, we brought in a goalkeeper to replace Edwin van der Sar. We brought Ashley Young in because he’s a player who can play in several positions and has a little bit of experience in terms of his time at Aston Villa.” Ferguson shared.
“And then we bought a potentially tremendous young player in Phil Jones. I think that added to a decent squad that we had, in terms of blending youth and experience in the camp. There’s the makings of a good team here – a lot of youth that’s going to get better and better.”
Bringing up striking duo Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, Ferguson hopes the pair will continue developing a strong partnership and he believes the younger forward will benefit from playing with Rooney.
“Wayne is 26 now, Danny’s 21. You’d think that for the next few years they can only get better. And we hope so. With Danny being fit again and playing consistently, he’s developed better.” he revealed.
“I know there were a lot of references to Cole and Yorke and there were similarities, yes.”
Manchester United visit the Etihad stadium for a high-stakes Premier League Manchester derby tomorrow [Monday].