Ed Woodward has told Manchester United’s investors that changes with the club’s academy are set to be announced soon.
Man United’s academy has come under scrutiny over the last couple of years. Man City’s new academy has changed the landscape of grassroots football in Manchester and there are major concerns at United as to whether we will lose out on the best youngsters to our rivals.
United’s U18s are currently on a 12 game losing streak leading to further criticism and speaking to investors during a conference call to announce our financial report for Q1 of 2016, Woodward said changes are going to happen in the next few days.
“The academy continues to be the heart of the club,” he said.
“Giving youth a chance is part of our philosophy, part of our DNA. We took the departure of Brian McClair last summer as an opportunity to do a root and branch review of the academy, that’s now complete and changes are underway. Announcements will follow in the coming days.”
It’s about time and this announcement is extremely important for the club. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Jesse Lingard‘s prominence this season goes to show we are still producing players who can have an impact with the first-team and we can’t overlook the necessity for the academy to be improved.
Taking a year to replace Brian McClair after he left to join the Scottish FA is ridiculous but it’s better late than never, let’s just hope whoever is brought in is the right person to help revitalise the academy.