Van Gaal’s warning for City

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Published: Friday 12th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Manchester City are not guaranteed to get the pick of the best young players in the north-west despite spending £200million on a new training complex, Louis van Gaal has warned.

City unveiled their state-of-the-art training complex in Manchester on Monday.

The base, which is connected to the Etihad Stadium by bridge, includes a 7,000-seater stadium, 16 pitches and a luxury hotel as well as cutting-edge technology which will aid opposition analysis and rehabilitation from injury.

City’s first-team squad will be based there, as well as the club’s youth sides.

Patrick Vieira, who runs City’s elite development squad, said at the launch that youngsters in Manchester would have an “easy choice” when deciding where their future lies.

United have prided themselves on developing some of the best talent in history, but Van Gaal is not too concerned about what is happening over in east Manchester.

“The building is not so important, the accommodation is not so important, it’s the philosophy and the staff that’s important,” the United manager said at the club’s own training ground on Friday.

“Then comes of course the talent.”

United, of course, have their own multi-million facility at Carrington which is the envy of many clubs across Europe.

“When I see what I have then I am very happy,” Van Gaal said.

City have spent heavily on foreign imports since Sheikh Mansour took over in 2008, but they now hope to create their own stars, just as United did with the famous Class of ’92.

Back then the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers won the FA Youth Cup before going on to become first-team stars.

Scholes, writing in his weekly column for the Independent on Friday, said he feared United would lose out on the battle for the best prospects in the region.

Van Gaal was not impressed with Scholes’ words, particularly when they came just four days after Gary Neville had compared his former club to a pub team.

“Paul Scholes. Also a legend. He has to pay attention to his words also,” said Van Gaal, who responded with the same barb when he was informed of Neville’s criticisms following the highly fortuitous 2-1 win over Southampton on Monday.

Scholes highlighted United’s recent struggles in the FA Youth Cup as a sign that the club’s youth system is not perhaps as good as it once was.

United have been knocked out of the competition by Huddersfield and Burnley.

Van Gaal has blooded a number of youth players since he took over like Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and James Wilson.

He refused to compare the next generation of United players to those on City’s books, however.

“I don’t have the time to compare the talents and the staff with each other so I cannot answer that question,” said Van Gaal, who has put an emphasis on developing young players during his successful management career.

Published: Friday 12th December 2014 by The News Editor

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