Unfortunately, for fans of the Red Devils, this is seriously unfounded.
In mid-week the Maltese Mosquito Michael Misfud swarmed ver the Old Trafford club as they went down to a 2-0 reverse in the Carling Cup to Coventry City.
This in itself isn’t a strange occurrence. United often lose to inferior opposition in this tournament – remember their exits to York City and Southend United?
However, this time they weren’t just beaten.
They were severely beaten.
United created very little and, in truth, Coventry could have had at least four goals.
Alex Ferguson’s latest crop of ‘kids’, in my opinion, are just not Manchester United calibre.
To be brutally honest, there has only been one vintage crop to come through the United ranks -the mid 90’s group which included the Nevilles, Scholes, Butt and Gillespie.
Apart from that the youth scheme at the club have only produced sporadic brilliance, Lee Sharpe and Ryan Giggs to name a couple.
In the last few years things have become even worse.
John O’Shea and Darren Fletcher never really look as if they would make the first-team and Kieron Richardson has been sold.
The real academy is at Upton Park – Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Mark Noble are the latest in the long line of West Ham excellence.
Maybe United should take the Arsenal approach and scout Europe for their young talent.