Chelsea backed to have success with Manchester United strategy
The legendary manager was able to bring through a clutch of academy players at the same time at Old Trafford including David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Gary Neville and the homegrown stars were integral to the many trophies that United were able to subsequently win.
While it remains to be seen whether anything on that scale can happen again, Chelsea have enjoyed success this season with bringing through academy graduates under Lampard. Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount have established themselves as first-team regulars, and Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are now finding their best form after recovering from serious injuries.
Their success has helped the Blues up to fourth in the table, six points clear of Arsenal ahead of this weekend’s fixtures. With the Gunners away to Leicester on Saturday, Chelsea have the opportunity to capitalise as at least one of their top-four rivals will drop points.
Given the transfer ban imposed on Lampard, the success he’s had with such a young group of inexperienced players is impressive.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tried to implement a similar philosophy at Manchester United with Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and Daniel James all thriving but he hasn’t enjoyed the same results. United are in mid-table, already ten points behind Chelsea after 11 matches. However, a run of one defeat in six has been encouraging for United and a win over Brighton at the weekend could see jump into the top seven.
Whilst the approaches of the two managers have been similar, Cole has explained the reason behind Chelsea’s success is simply because their young players are better than United’s.
“I don’t think you’ll ever get the perfect storm which happened when Fergie (Sir Alex Ferguson) brought through all the young players through at Manchester United,” Cole told BT Sport Early Kick-Off.
“They were all local lads and then they went on to win things, there are a mix and a blend to have for that and I think Chelsea are the closest club to achieving it.
“The players coming through at Manchester United are good players but I don’t see any Callum Hudson-Odois, no Mason Mounts but they are good players. Credit Manchester United for developing them.”