Study proves United’s talent-training power

Eight of those 24 players have appeared for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in 2020/21 so far – Tim Fosu-Mensah, Mason Greenwood, Dean Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Axel Tuanzebe. Another two, Tahith Chong and Andreas Pereira, have played league fixtures for their loan clubs, Werder Bremen and Lazio respectively.

To be counted in the Football Observatory’s study, a player must have either appeared in a domestic league game this season or have played matches in senior competitions during each of the previous two campaigns. By this definition, some of the young Reds who made their debuts last term have not been included, such as Brandon Williams – who made 17 Premier League appearances in 2019/20 – and Teden Mengi, Ethan Galbraith and Ethan Laird, who all played Europa League football.

Nine of the 24 players on the list are currently contracted to other Premier League clubs – Leicester City’s Jonny Evans and Everton’s Michael Keane among them – while we also boast club-trained players in each of Europe’s other big five leagues, with Barcelona’s Gerard Pique and Juventus’s iconic forward Cristiano Ronaldo being two of the most famous names.

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