As Sir Alex Ferguson looks set to place Manchester United on their new perch right at the top of English football, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have moved quickly this week to stoke the fires and suggest Liverpool’s first league title in 19 years is edging closer and closer and that Liverpool will be hell bent on taking the lead once again.
I for one however am not convinced. It’s now Sir Alex’s 12th league title since taking over at Manchester United, and the cries of ‘this time next year’ (almost Del Boy like) have been heard from far too often from the scousers.
On the day that Dalglish signs a 3 year deal at Anfield excitement is always going to be running high with talk on Merseyside of a new generation of young players coming through that are supposedly ready to take the Premier League by storm! Don’t worry I’m not going to do a Hansen on us all and suggest they ‘won’t win anything with kids’! But would like to throw a few young names their way from our ranks here at Old Trafford that are in my opinion streets ahead of the likes of Carroll (22), Spearing (22), Shelvey (19), and Flanagan (18).
The first name I will throw your way is 20 goals into his first season in English football; Javier Hernandez. Just like Liverpool’s £35million (Yes, you read it right, they did pay that much for him) Andy Carroll, he is 22 years of age and looks a real goal threat every time he puts on the famous United strip. Maybe I’m being biased but when the great Pele says ‘He could be the next Messi because he has great talent!’ I think I’ll side with him.
As for the young full backs they’ve been boasting about over the last couple of weeks, maybe they’ve not realized we have 2 young full backs of our own in the Brazilian twins Fabio and Rafael. At just 20 years of age each and already over 100 first team appearances between them, the future is looking very bright!
We can now move onto out 2 young centre backs in Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling. With Rio Ferdinand missing most of this season and last through injury, it’s been these two that have stepped in to partner Nemanja Vidic and maintained one of the best defensive records over the last two seasons. These include games at the highest level, especially recently when they were paired together in the Champions League semi-final against Shalke to keep Raul of all people at bay.
Other young players in the Old Trafford system include Anderson, Gibson, Welbeck, Cleverley, and Macheda who have all been predicted big futures by Sir Alex. So yes, I can accept that things may be looking a little brighter than they were a few months ago, but please don’t be silly enough to suggest you’re the only club with youngsters coming through the youth system for the future.