Manchester United’s youth academy has certainly been one of the most prized ones in the world. The football talent that has seeped through from it has ranged greats, with the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs heralding the raw ability that the likes of Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford continue to prove accurate in contemporary times.
Pair that with the premium that is placed on young players for their upcoming potential in the modern market and such youth academies rapidly become places of much investment and brimming with potential.
As such, it is no surprise that the value of two of its brightest graduates is deemed high.
As per CIES Football Observatory’s latest player valuation, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford are the second and third most valuable players in terms of estimated transfers respectively. This is a bold prediction and one that is even more eye-raising considering that the 19-year-old Greenwood is valued at a boggling €178 million with Rashford’s worth estimated at just over €159 million.
The top spot in the list also goes to a youngster from Manchester, with Phil Foden’s value pegged at an astonishing but arguably well-deserved €190 million.
Further, the usual suspects also dot the list with Erling Braut-Haaland at no.4 with €155 million to his name while his teammate Jadon Sancho slots lower down at €120 million.
Incidentally, the 26-year-old Bruno Fernandes stands out in this list of largely youngsters at the top with his 5th place valuation of €154 million rounding off the Red Devils contribution.
However, Kylian Mbappe and Joao Felix remain among the few to actually have met such enormous tags in the past, with their current valuations of €118 million and €127 million respectively marking an interesting turn.
All in all, given the state of the post-pandemic economy, it will be interesting to see if amount these high are ever realized for such talent in the near future.