By Dr Dan Plumley

28th Jun, 2022 | 2:37pm

Finance guru issues 'brutal' Man United transfer claim - 'I'm going to upset some fans here'

Man United have had no choice but to blood young players en masse in recent years because they can no longer compete with the likes of Liverpool and Man City in the transfer market.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Red Devils’ declining status as a football superpower.

Only Chelsea gave more minutes to club-trained players than United in 2021-22, according to data collated by CIES Football Observatory.

The likes of Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson all featured for the first team to varying degrees.

The club announced its new intake of academy players for the professional development phase on Monday (27 June), with 14 players making the cut.

Plumley argues that United’s rising stars are only finding a pathway to the first team because the club, who are now without a Premier League title in eight years, can no longer attract the best in the transfer market.

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“I’m probably going to upset some Man United fans here,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“But I think the brutal reality is that this is in part related to the on-pitch performance and the talent they can bring in.

“With no disrespect to the mode, you have to question whether it’s intentional to do this or whether these are just the best players they have in those positions.

“Liverpool, Chelsea and City have got very good academies but they have also got very good first-team players as well. Champions League is pivotal to this.

“United have lost out on signing players because they don’t have Champions League football. It might have been a deliberate play to bring the academy players through under Solskjaer, but look where that has ended up.

“If it’s a deliberate strategy, you wouldn’t want to sell those players anyway. But I also think it’s symptomatic of the fact that the club can’t compete with the best clubs in the transfer market.”

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