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Federico Macheda

A Star is Born?

Plenty of wunderkinds have graced the Manchester United roster over the years, tantalizing the fans with their talent and raising hopes for the future.

Some don’t pan out (Kiko Macheda, Adnan Januzaj, Darron Gibson, James Wilson, Ravel Morrison, Andreas Pereira, to name a few). Some thrive elsewhere (Giuseppe Rossi, Gerard Piqué, Jonny Evans, Danny Welbeck, Joshua King, Michael Keane). Some end up becoming superstars and important first-teamers (“The Class of 1992,” Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba).

On Sunday, the latest United starlet announced his arrival in a big way.

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Here We Go Again…

Perpetual Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder finally looks set to fulfill his destiny by securing a lucrative move… to Juventus.

Based on various media sources, Wesley Sneijder has been on the verge of joining Manchester United in nearly every transfer window over the last four-plus years. The media continue to link Sneijder to United even though the team has no need for him as he doesn’t play center-back and there are already too many creative midfield types at the club. Sure, there have been other names continuously linked with the club, like Cesc Fabregas, Gareth Bale or Arturo Vidal. But none of those players have generated as many stories or produced as many twists-and-turns over the years as Sneijder. He’s been on the way to Old Trafford for so long that United might as well give him a testimonial when he retires.

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Wither the Manchester United Youth Academy?

A lot has been made of Manchester United’s decision to sell home-grown player Danny Welbeck to Arsenal while bringing in Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco for a (potentially) astronomical fee. Predictably, many United alums are up in arms that the move is a betrayal of the club’s history of putting youth development first and giving prized academy graduates an opportunity to succeed with the first team. Former assistant manager Mike Phelan sounded the warning bell immediately after the transfer window shut, saying that the club was “losing its identity.” Eric Harrison, the famed youth team coach that won the FA Youth Cup in 1992 with the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville Brothers said he was worried the club would “lose its soul” by importing foreign stars and failing to give opportunities to academy graduates.

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