Man Utd: Fabrizio Romano makes exciting claim about Qatari consortium
Fabrizio Romano has claimed that a potential Qatari consortium of investors in Manchester United would place a great emphasis on improving the youth academy at the club.
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Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani leads a Qatari consortium that has tabled a bid to buy the club from the Glazers, who have put United up for sale.
Ineos, led by United fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has also bid, and both parties have expressed their intention to bring success back to Old Trafford.
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The Qatari group will aim to improve performances on the pitch with signings, as well as upgrading the facilities, and are also reportedly keen to invest in youth development at the club.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano revealed some insight into the group’s intention to develop players for the future and make United’s academy world-leading, amongst other improvements they would make at the club.
He said: “This will be an important point. The facilities of the club, this will be another key point for them to develop.
“Then, the stadium. They want to help and push on the Old Trafford situation to make the stadium better and better, this is another crucial point; but then let me touch on the youth team and the academy.
The idea of the Qatari group, from what they share privately is that they really want to invest important money to sign the best talents for Manchester United.
“The academy is their obsession – so not just new signings for the first-team, but also the academy. This is a crucial point for them.”
What could improving their academy mean for Manchester United?
In their best days, United heavily prioritised the use of academy players, with the infamous “Class of ’92” producing elite talents who succeeded at the top level.
Legends such as Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and David Beckham played in the academy before appearing in the first team, and throughout the years, there have been countless successes.
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Marcus Rashford is currently excelling in the first team as an academy graduate, but is perhaps the only guaranteed starter at the club to have come through in recent years, with more emphasis on big-name signings in other areas of the pitch.
With significant investment at the academy level, United could produce more talent in the long term, as well as procure the best young talent from elsewhere, in order to maintain success both in the present and future.