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Clearing those obstacles
Around the Academy:

Ferguson gets involved in the training
The only person that can slow down your progression is yourself says Ferguson.


Sir Alex Ferguson reveals all


There are no footballing obstacles for a player wanting to make the grade in the game.

Obstacles will lie within the person themselves.

At Man United there are huge resources and a great path for any young player to pursue their dream.

There are doctors, nutritionists, paediatricians - all available to enable a young player to make it to the very top.

It is that period from the ages 16 to 19 that determines the future of many young players.

These three years will see if they progress physically - this is the most important.

It will also determine if they have the attitude to be a winner and how their technique develops.

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At Old Trafford we have an academy system where we give them a scholarship between 16 to 19.

And you hope by that time we would see the potential being developed and fulfilled.

A decision on giving them a professional contract is then made.

It sadly doesn't always work out for a player.

At the ages of 20 or 21 if they aren't in the first team there is a danger their progression may slow down.

Everybody obviously wants first team football.

So the club and I would then make decisions to make sure that any players not achieving this would still have a career in the game.




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Did you know?
Ferguson was in danger of losing his job but things turned around in 1990 when United won the FA Cup

Did you know?
In 1991 United went on to win the European Cup Winners' Cup beating Barcelona in the final


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