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Man United have given more minutes to academy products than any other top six side this season

Jose Mourinho has taken a lot of flak in the past for not promoting youth but this year he has put his trust in United's academy

Look out Jose Mourinho there’s some praise coming your way.

Man United have battled valiantly in the face of Pep Guardiola’s runaway title bid.

And yes they have spent a lot of money in order to do so, but Mourinho has also worked with some of the club’s best homegrown talent.

Don’t let anyone tell you United haven’t splashed the cash

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Don’t let anyone tell you United haven’t splashed the cash

In fact he has given Man United academy products more playing time in the league than any of the other top six sides.

Don’t say Mourinho never trusts youth.

In total, United academy products have played 3,540 minutes in the Premier League – 800 more than Spurs who ranks second.

So while United sit in second place 12 points behind their noisy neighbours, Jose has broken the mould, put his faith in youth and it is clearly paying off.


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Are these three United’s three best players?

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Are these three United’s three best players?

The three players who have come through United’s academy and are now getting regular game time in the first time are Jesse Lingard (1003 mins), Paul Pogba (1134 mins) and Marcus Rashford (1298 mins).

Scott McTominay has also made it onto the pitch for over 100 minutes this season.

Before you start shouting that Paul Pogba moved to Manchester as the most expensive player in the world at the time, don’t forget that United let him leave for Juventus on a free once he had graduated from the academy.


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Pogba 1.0

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Pogba 1.0

Spurs and Arsenal are in second and third both giving around 2,500 minutes to their homegrown talent, then come Chelsea and Liverpool either side of the 1,000 mark.

Man City however, the league leaders to which money is no object, have allowed their local boys just seven minutes of game time this season.

So much for Guardiola developing the club’s hidden gems.

With brand new academy complex this figure should grow significantly in coming years but if it doesn’t there may be accusations coming Pep’s way of only being able win with serious cash resources.

You are looking at the future of United and England

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You are looking at the future of United and England

Back to United and Jose’s commitment to the young lads.

Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford were both handed their first team debuts under Louis Van Gaal but have developed in such a way that the pair have become starters on a weekly basis at Old Trafford.

Pogba played for United three times under Ferguson before he went to Italy and became the most exciting midfielder in the world.

Since his return he has grown into his role under Jose and now looks like he is reaching full throttle.

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England fans should always be grateful to LVG

People will say that these players were put on a plate for Jose, but the way Lingard has become a match winner shows clear development.

Those three have also kept the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimovic firmly on the bench.