Manchester United can take great pride in topping the homegrown player table in Europe’s top five leagues.
As revealed by Tifosy, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United squad currently features more homegrown players than any other in the Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, La Liga and Serie A.
Nurturing their own talent has always been United’s proudest tradition.
In December, United celebrated their 4000th consecutive match having an academy player in the matchday squad in a record that goes all the way back to 1938.
Solskjaer understands the United culture and there’s little surprise that his squad includes over 40% of players that have developed from the academy.
Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea side are the next English side on the list, with the Blues squad filled by just under 30% of homegrown talent.
Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba are three of United’s key players while there have been opportunities given to the likes of Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams this term.
Meanwhile, Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard have also featured heavily, but have arguably proven they are not quite at the level of player United should settle for.
United are a club steeped in tradition and their consistent ability to produce players that go on to play for the first-team is unrivalled.
See the table provided by Tifosy below, including 39 other clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues.
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— Tifosy (@tifosy) June 11, 2020