Gary Neville has accused Manchester City of not trusting its youth setup and ignoring the budding players from their very own academy.
Although Man Utd won their recent pre-season friendly against Man City, it was City’s academy product Phil Foden who won the hearts of football fans around the world. The 17-year-old diminutive player rose to the occasion, as he ran the show for City in the midfield against global superstars like Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera.
While everyone was busy praising the massive display of the central midfielder, however, Gary Neville seized the moment to launch a scathing attack on Manchester City. The former Red Devil ridiculed the Citizens’ inability to promote their capable academy players to first team.
The Sky Sports pundit took to twitter to highlight the lack of top flight players that City have produced through their academy.
Neville believes that there are a number of talented youngsters playing in City’s youth setup, but they won’t get the chance to come through the ranks because of the club’s preference of trusting ready-made players bought from other clubs.
He’s at the wrong Manchester club for getting a sustained opportunity. City have a lot of great kids. They should be playing… https://t.co/KgN9xUHclY
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 23, 2017
The former England full-back also suggested that Phil Foden was playing for the wrong club, and that the young starlet will not be able to realise his full potential with Manchester City.
Neville’s comments about Phil Foden and City’s youth setup were further reinforced when Manchester City’s coach Pep Guardiola confessed that the youngsters will not play a part in the upcoming season.
The former Barcelona manager has been busy burning oil cash at City with the mega money purchases of Ederson, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, and Benjamin Mendy during this ongoing summer transfer window.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.