Souness slams Manchester United with Chelsea comparison

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Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has compared the youth development programme at Chelsea to the one at Manchester United.

Souness believes Chelsea under Frank Lampard is a better club for youngsters than Manchester United.

“With the exception of Ryan Giggs, who even at the age of 17 looked like a ready-made star, the class of 92 were slowly woven into the United fabric — the odd League Cup appearance to start with, 30 minutes off the bench in the Premier League, 15 minutes at the end of a Champions League tie that had already been put to bed,” Souness wrote in The Times.

“Solskjaer has no such luxury. Nor do the current crop of youngsters have the benefit of being surrounded by real leaders such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers while in their professional infancy.”

He added: “It must be galling for United fans because in the past two seasons at Anfield Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez have blossomed into something close to the finished article with a minimum of fuss.

“Even Chelsea, under Frank Lampard and their enforced transfer ban, now looks to be a better environment for young talent to mature than Old Trafford.”

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