Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United’s commitment to blooding youngsters will remain part of the club’s philosophy no matter who the manager is.
Out of Europe and currently sixth in the Premier League, United’s season has not exactly gone to plan so far.
One positive, however, has been the emergence of several young players, with Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson among those to impress for the first team.
Jose Mourinho is hotly tipped to replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in the summer, leading to fears United’s young players may be ignored, but Giggs believes whoever takes the job next will continue the tradition.
“I think it will always be part of the club’s philosophy,” Giggs said in the Daily Mail. “It’s part of the history, it’s what sets us apart from other teams.
“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, whether it’s a centre-forward, a winger, a defender… we need players to come through the ranks. That’s a massive part of the United history.
“I think it’s special because you know we’re a club that gives youth a chance and that again goes back to Sir Matt’s days. The fans demand it, they want to see players come through the system, one of their own, and they give you a little bit of leeway in that respect.
“If you have a misplaced pass or you miss a chance they’re a lot more forgiving because you’re one of them. Just like them you’re a supporter. So it is very special when a young player comes through and establishes themselves in the first team.”