Manchester United may be engulfed in the transfer activities at the moment but that has not halted the progress of securing the future of their youth system.
The Romelu Lukaku saga yesterday never allowed us to view clearly and as the fog settled we have out Man United had announced the recruitment of Ricky Sbragia as U-23 manager. This is the 61-year-old’s second stint at the club, having coached the club’s reserves from 2002-2005.
Under his tutelage, they won a number of the Premier Reserve League North and the Premier Reserve League National Championship before he eventually left for Sunderland in the capacity of a first team coach in 2005.
His time at United is notably remembered for success of the reserve team where the likes of Darren Fletcher emerged from to stake a claim to a first team spot. He did to the position of a manager, helping Sunderland avoid relegation in the 2008/2009 season before resigning.
It is good a gesture for United to have recruited Sbragia into their ranks, as the Scottish man comes with a wealth of experience, foresight, and continuity.
A delighted Ricky Sbragia was quoted as saying via the club’s official website: “I couldn’t be happier to be back at Manchester United. It’s an exciting time for the club, with a new structure for the Academy and a relatively new set of coaches and management team.
“I am really excited by the challenge of this role, the club has always been at the forefront when it comes to Academy football and I am delighted that the club continues to strive to be the best with its forward-thinking ideas for the future of youth football.”
Jose Mourinho has been criticised for his lackadaisical attitude towards the youth system but now, we sure know that the future of next generation is in good hands.