Giggs denies Manchester United is betraying its tradition selling its younger players
Nicky Butt admits promoting home-grown talent must take back seat under Louis van Gaal
Ryan Giggs: “The history of the club is to play exciting football, to give youngsters a chance and to keep to the traditions of the club”
Ryan Giggs has denied Manchester United’s recent transfer policy represents a betrayal of Old Trafford traditions, although Nicky Butt, the club’s reserve team manager, admitted promoting home-grown talent must take a back seat under Louis van Gaal.
United have spent £215 million on new players over the past 12 months and offloaded academy graduates Danny Welbeck to Arsenal and Tom Cleverley to Aston Villa on the day Colombia international Radamel Falcao arrived on loan from Monaco.
That turnover prompted Mike Phelan, United’s former assistant manager, to accuse the club of losing their identity.
Giggs, however, insisted young talent would be given a chance under the new United manager and that the club’s identity had not faded.
“Okay, Danny has left, which is disappointing because you never want to see a home-grown player leave, but this is a manager who gave Seedorf his chance, Kluivert, Xavi, Iniesta and Thomas Muller their chances.
“It will always happen that players will leave Manchester United, but we’ve got to make sure that young players come through because United fans demand it. I want to see them come through as well.”
The reserve team manager said: “The Danny Welbeck thing is just something that came at a certain time in the club’s history, and so people are saying they have forgotten about the club’s history – but things happen.
“Danny wasn’t playing often in his preferred position; the club wasn’t in Europe, so doesn’t have as many games.
“Sometimes you have to be fair to the player. Danny wanted to keep his England place. It is not a case of giving up on the academy but getting the club back to winning ways.”
Butt also confirmed the long-held suspicion that Sir Alex Ferguson prevented English players at United from representing their country at international level.
“He never once said to me to fake an injury. He’d just say: ‘You’ve got an England friendly coming up and you’re not going’ and that was it. ” Guardian Service