Tuesday 1 September 2009

The Next Ryan Giggs...

After the much maligned tag of "The New George Best" which has dogged many a young player at Old Trafford for light year after light year, the new tag we will have to get used to is "Player X is the new Ryan Giggs" It is inevitable.

And I have our very first candidate

This Christmas, Mr Santa will deliver a young Serbian to our Carrington training complex, holding the hand of his brother elf Zoran Tosic and his big Papa Vidic.

That young man is named Adem Ljajic

Hailed in Serbia as the best thing since sliced Croatian, "Little Kaka" as he is dubbed is similar in style to..erm...Kaka. A midfielder who likes to attack, both wide and centrally, Ljajic has tremendous balance and pace. At only 17, he is considered one of the hottest prospects at Under 18 level. And at six foot tall, has the potential to develop into a bit of a beast.

Now i got a little excited previously when i saw Manucho at the African Nations Cup and thought he was going to be a diamond for us..so naturally i want to be cautious here. United have many great youngsters coming through at the moment and Adem will join this band of merry young men soon. I hope i do not jinx him by giving him article space this early on before he has even kicked a ball in English football but he looks genuinely exciting

So good luck young buck! Welcome to England.



  1. Man U have not got half the young talent Arsenal have at the moment though ;-)

  2. that is where you are completely wrong mr wogan. we have signed 6 of the best teenagers in the world this last year...ljajic, petrucci, obertan, mame diouf, massacci & dodo. Add this to Macheda, Wellbeck, The Da Silva twins, Possebom, Darron Gibson, Jonny Evans, Anderson and Fabian Brandy...i would say Arsenal cant compete with that when you add Valencia 23, Rooney 23 and Nani 21..its looking good for the future. If Arsenals "youngsters" dont win anything in the next two years they will be disbanded.

  3. Our present crop of youngsters is probably the best since Giggs, Scholes, Beckham et al in the early 90's. It will be extremely interesting to see how they develop.
    And Rob, I was also very excited about Manucho...

  4. Hmm...I feel a blog post arguing which Premiership team has the best youngsters would make an interesting and controversial read Rob! Not sure I could argue Liverpool's corner btw....