Big-spending Manchester United must always continue their tradition of bringing through players from the youth academy, assistant manager Ryan Giggs has said.
The 20-times Premier League champions have endured a stuttering campaign by their high standards and sit sixth in the league, are already out of Europe but retain hope in the FA Cup ahead of a sixth round replay with West Ham United next month.
United manager Louis Van Gaal has brought through a number of academy players this term, such as striker Marcus Rashford, but the Dutch coach has been tipped by British media to make way for former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho next season.
Giggs said future United managers should respect the club’s history for promoting from within.
“I think it will always be part of the club’s philosophy. It’s part of the history, it’s what sets us apart from other teams,” Giggs said.
“Yes, we can bring world-class players in from around the world but we want one of our own to be performing on that Old Trafford pitch... we need players to come through the ranks. That’s a massive part of the United history.”
United, 16 points back of leaders Leicester City, host Everton in league action on Sunday.
Daryl Janmaat says Rafa Benitez can save Newcastle from relegation
Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat is convinced new manager Rafael Benitez can lead the club to Premier League safety.
The Magpies return to action after the international break with a huge trip to fellow strugglers Norwich, who gave their own survival mission a significant boost last time out with a 1-0 win at West Brom.
Benitez’s men will run out at Carrow Road three points adrift of the Canaries and knowing only a third league away win of a desperately difficult campaign will cut out the gap
But having worked with Benitez for a little more than two weeks, Janmaat believes the Spaniard is the man to lead the club out of trouble.
The Holland international said: “We have a top-class manager now. We have to believe he can get us to stay in the Premier League.
“He has had a positive effect. It has been organised, the way we played at Leicester and against Sunderland. We have to keep doing that and looking up.
“We feel we can stay in the Premier League, but know we need more wins. We hope and we have the confidence. We must still believe and go out looking to get the job done. I think we can do it.”
Newcastle emerged from the clash with Sunderland last time out with a battling 1-1 draw after Benitez’s reign had begun with a narrow defeat at Leicester, although a point in the derby was two fewer than the tally for which they had hoped.
However, the manner in which the draw was secured was commendable as they fought back from a poor start to equalise through Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late header.
Janmaat, who was by that point back in the dressing room nursing a knee problem, said: “I think it can be a turning point for the team. It was a really well-worked goal.
“I was injured, so I watched from inside, but it was a really good header.”
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