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For me I've always said it's Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, and he proved that again with the best, and most mature performance I've ever seen from a 17 year old when we played City in the Youth Cup. He's a superb talent, and I would stick my neck out and say that if he was called upon for the first team he wouldn't let anyone down. He's just got everything.


Another lad that stood out in the City match was a new signing, Lee Martin, who as everyone probably knows was described by his former manager as "Giggs, Scholes, Beckham and Keane rolled into one". And based on this performance and the time we played against him then that assessment could well turn out to be right.

He takes on men like Giggs, drifts into the box and has the positional awareness of Scholes, his passing is SUPERB and he has an excellent engine and drive.

Then possibly my favourite. Paul McShane. Continuing our trend of excellent Irish defenders. This lad is a real old school defender, and I'd be SHOCKED if he didn't make a few first team appearances next year. He's tough as nails, never loses a header and his marking is excellent. It's not a question of "Will he become a great player".........It's "When".


Then of course the usual suspects of Eddie Johnson, Chris Eagles, Jonathan Spector and David Jones who all have a good chance of breaking through.

So who do you think?
 

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As ive said before ive seen some of Chris Eagles along with David Jones. Both seem class and should be in the first team within 3 seassons. Both have been tainted as possbile English captian. Hopfully one of the 2, if not both live up to there potential.

Eddie Johnson seems good but i dont know if he will ever be in good enough to ever be more than a swuad player at United, hopfully he will prove me wrong.

Thanks for you info on McShane,Lee Martin and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Very intersting.
 

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South_Melbourne said:
Eddie Johnson seems good but i dont know if he will ever be in good enough to ever be more than a swuad player at United, hopfully he will prove me wrong.

Thanks for you info on McShane,Lee Martin and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Very intersting.
Yeah, it will be tough for Johnson as we have a few experienced strikers, and then another couple of youngsters coming through. And it's a bit disappointing, because he looks a very good player. I definitley think that even if he doesn't break into the United squad, he'll join a Premiership club.


No problem. :)
 

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I was very interested about the progress Ebanks-Blake was making.Whatever little I get to see off him in MUTV,he just seems class.For a 17yr old he's pretty big and his powerful runs have so far impressed me most.

I get only the reserve games highlights over here but they don't show the Youth Cup except for the latter stages like last year when we went on to win it.

DD could you please keep us updated on the progress of these young players as I am sure that some of them will make it big sooner rather than later.
 

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American striker Kenny Cooper? He is your leading goal scorer.
Chris Eagles , yes!
 

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Alex keeps his faith in the future

NO matter how many trophies Sir Alex Ferguson lifts at United, the importance of developing successful Youth Cup-winning sides will never diminish.

The latest crop of junior talent to roll off United's impressive production line took a step closer to regaining the trophy they won last season with a 2-0 victory over Manchester City this week.

The Blues were installed as favourites to win last season's competition but ultimately it was the Reds who landed a record-breaking success, beating Middlesbrough in a two-legged final.

Of that side, Chris Eagles, Eddie Johnson, Phil Bardsley and Kieran Richardson have all been given a taste of first-team action and Ferguson believes the opportunities afforded to young players at United is one of the major attractions in joining the club.

"Manchester United has always placed great importance on young players," said Ferguson.

Chances

"Matt Busby started it and as long as I am here it won't change.

"The great beauty about this club is that we give young players a chance. If we get to the level we expect them to reach, it is all there for them.

"The youth team we have here at the moment has great potential and I believe we are still getting through the talent."

Ferguson's managerial reign will forever by synonymous with the famed `class of 92' that spawned David Beckham, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Robbie Savage and Keith Gillespie

Ryan Giggs had appeared 12 months earlier and Phil Neville emerged a season later, echoing the formative years of the Busby Babes, who won the Youth Cup five years on the trot from 1953.

Current crop

Although there will probably never be another crop of international stars who come through at the same time, Wes Brown and Darren Fletcher are current members of the first-team squad who were United trainees and Eagles could soon join them.
 

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Lee Martin was absoloutley brilliant in his last game there. He looks a real gem. He's only played three games since joining us from Wimbledon (Chelsea and Arsenal wanted him. And I think Liverpool did.) and he's been excellent in them all.
 

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Jern Lizardhous said:
Suicide - how old is Lee Martin? he sounds similar to the Richardson deal,did you have to pay compo to Wimbledon.
He's 16.

We payed £200,000 up front, with the fee possibly rising to £1m depending on appearances in the first team, internationals etc.
 

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He's 16.

We payed £200,000 up front, with the fee possibly rising to £1m depending on appearances in the first team, internationals etc.
Sounds Brillant, hope he does well for the club.
 

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Tykes snap up United starlet

Manchester United striker Daniel Nardiello has agreed to join Barnsley on loan.

The 21-year-old will go straight into the squad for their home match with Blackpool.

"He will be with us for the Blackpool match," Thordarson confirmed.

"He has agreed to a month's loan at first and we will see how he gets on."
 
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