Reds welcome Andreas Hoelgebaum Pereira

Andreas Hoelgebaum Pereira

Manchester United supporters might be forgiven for welcoming yet another highly rated youth prospect to Old Trafford with a grudging nod. After all, while United’s policy of hoovering up the very finest youth talent, especially creative midfielders, is a prudent one, the here-and-now also matters such is the shambles of the Reds’ central midfield at […]

Faith in youth

FA Youth Cup

There is something pure about watching youth football. Far away from the prima donnas of the Premier League, the FA Youth Cup offers not only a glimpse of the future but a world without celebrities, gossip and scandal. And even with the constant reorganisation of youth football in England – one that has not always […]

Reds’ Brazilian deal pushes boundaries of taste and legality

Deportivo Brasil

Manchester United’s path to young Brazilian talent is now well beaten. In recent seasons Anderson, Rodrigo Possebon, and the da Silva twins have all appeared in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team – to varying degrees of success. While Anderson arrived via Porto at astonishing expense the latter trio joined directly from their homeland for little […]

It’s Norway United as Dæhli signs

Mats Moller Daeli

Manchester United has added to the growing Norwegian contingent at Old Trafford with the signature of 15-year-old Mats Møller Dæhli. Attacking midfielder Møller Dæhli, son of Norwegian football commentator Truls Dæhli and a sports photographer, is rated among the best emerging young talent from Norway in recent years. Møller Dæhli is expected to join United’s […]

United’s reputation for youth under threat

Busby Babes

Manchester United’s reputation for youth development stretches back as far as the Busy Babes. Indeed, the club’s devotion to nurturing its own talent has not only reaped ample rewards on the pitch but on the balance sheet too. In these days of hyper-inflated transfer fees, oil-rich owners and millionaire teenagers it’s a policy that makes […]

United vindicated over Pogba transfer

Paul Pogba, the French teenager who United signed from Le Harve this summer, is clear to play for the club after FIFA ruled on the case last night. The transfer of Pogba caused controversy when Le Harve president Jean-Pierre Louvel accused United of illegally poaching the player. The FIFA judgement means that Pogba is free to […]

Fergie: “We never pay parents”

Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at claims that Manchester United paid the parents of French teenager Paul Pogba, who joined the club from Le Harve this summer. Speaking at his Friday morning press conference, Ferguson said that the club had only been brought into the youth transfers controversy because United is the biggest club. […]

Blatter threatens points deduction

Sepp Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has threatened clubs found guilty of poaching young players with points deduction as the row that has engulfed English football sees no sign of abating. Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been accused of taking under 18-year-old players from continental clubs. Chelsea were found guilty last week of illegally […]

Le Harve has no case – agent

Paul Pogba

Manchester United has no case to answer in the transfer of Paul Pogba from Le Harve, according the player’s agent. Speaking to The Times Pogba’s agent, Gaël Mahé, claimed that no wrongdoing had taken place and that the French Ligue 2 side has several pieces of crucial documentation missing. “No money had changed hands up front, […]

A question of youthful ethics

Youth football

The debate about the transfer of under-18 players, while raging at football administration level for some time, was finally brought to the public attention in the past week following Chelsea’s heavy sanction by FIFA. The London club’s two window transfer ban for inducing Gaël Kakuta to leave Lens for England is perhaps the first shot […]