Kieran Maguire: Man United may have saved £100m-plus after new reveal - 'So valuable'
Man United may have saved hundreds of millions in player recruitment fees because of their prolific academy.
So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest data from CIES Football Observatory.
The world-renowned analysts revealed on Monday (25 April) that no English club has more active club-trained players than United.
Academy graduates have played 27.6 per cent of United’s total minutes in the Premier League this season.
Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson and Anthony Elanga are among the most prominent homegrown players at Old Trafford.
And Maguire insists that a stellar academy is a huge asset even for clubs as rich as the Red Devils.
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“A good academy is still so valuable, even to big clubs,”he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“In the world of finance, we talk about opportunity cost, which essentially means the cost of the alternative.
“For every McTominay, Rashford or Lingard who are in the United squad, that could be £100m you don’t have to spend elsewhere.
“Look at Chelsea, who have generated more money from player sales than any other team in the country. Most of those are homegrown.
“The creation of EPPP has allowed ultra-rich clubs to effectively set up satellite academies all around the country, which helps big clubs.”
United have announced that Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag will take over from Ralf Rangnick in the dugout from the end of this season.
Football Insider revealed last Saturday (23 April) that he will have a transfer budget of just £50m.