Man Utd trump Man City in terms of youth policy

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Manchester United and Manchester City meet on Sunday in the latest incarnation of their derby and it gives us a chance to compare the two north west giants. 

City are the 5/6 favourites for the match set to be played at the Etihad, with the visitors priced at 7/2.

One clear difference between the two that should be considered is their ability to promote from within and in this regard their is a clear winner.

The Red Devils have been criticised for the state of their facilities in recent seasons, but as Nicky Butt pointed out, the 13-time Premier League winners are in a much better position than many think.

“People say it is a mess from the outside because we fell behind City because of their training complex. Yes, they have a fantastic training complex, you can’t get away from that – it is amazing.

“But ours isn’t too shabby is it? It’s not the arse-end of the world really. It is a great place.

“Obviously it took us a while to replace Brian McClair but it is a massive thing to replace someone like that.

“He did a great job. One or two people have left but that happens in any walk of life,” he said.

The Citizens are unlikely to use any Mancunians in their squad for the clash, while Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are likely to be featured prominently for United.

This is something that gives Academy Director Butt a lot of pride and he said: “I judge academies on players that are coming through.

“At the club it is something we are all very proud of and something we feel is a massive part of the club and the history of it.

“A lot of players have come through at the minute through necessity really. For one or two it’s a bit too soon for them, but they have done brilliant when asked to perform and performed well. You can’t ask much more than that.”

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.