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Giggs: Youth policy won't change

Manchester United may have sold homegrown Danny Welbeck and spent over £150m on imports but they will never abandon their policy of giving youngsters a chance, Ryan Giggs maintained yesterday.

Assistant manager Giggs, who joined as a 14-year-old, made his debut aged 17 and retired as a player last season at 40 after nearly 1,000 matches, said they were proud of the youth system that "separates United from other clubs".

Speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention alongside two other members of the famous 'Class of 92' - Nicky Butt and Phil Neville - Giggs told a packed auditorium: "The club will never change."

"The history of the club has been to play exciting football and give youngsters a chance, and that won't change," said Giggs.

"Ok, Danny has left (for Arsenal), which is obviously disappointing because you never want to see a homegrown player leave but we have got a manager now, Louis Van Gaal, who gave Clarence Seedorf his chance, Patrick Kluivert his chance, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Thomas Mueller their chance when they were young.

"He has a track record of giving youngsters a chance. Tyler Blackett has played every game this season, then you've got (Adnan) Januzai, James Wilson coming through so players will always leave but we have to make sure youngsters come through because United fans demand it.

"I want to see young players do what I did. That has always been the way through Manchester United's history and we don't want to lose that."