Ebene News – GB – What can Man Utd expect from La Real?

Manchester United have bragged for more than 80 years of an academy graduate on every matchday squad and their upcoming Europa League draws them against a club that also prides themselves on produce local talent

United face Real Sociedad – in Turin’s neutral stadium due to coronavirus restrictions – in the first leg of the final match of the last 32 games on Thursday They will face a club whose current first-team setup includes 16 of their own graduates

Five of them – Jon Bautista, Jon Guridi, Andoni Gorosabel, Martin Merquelanz and Luca Sangalli – were included when La Real’s Under-19 team defeated United 1-0 in the Youth League of UEFA in 2013, while Alvaro Odriozola scored the winning goal and is now at Real Madrid

Andreas Pereira is the only player left on United’s books from this game, although the Brazilian midfielder is on loan at Lazio

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have plenty of Carrington-schooled talent, with figures like Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay chasing a record that began in October 1937

A player who has spent time in the club’s Premier League academy could even line up against them for the Basque side

Adnan Januzaj, who arrived at United from Anderlecht at the age of 16, was hunched over for greatness at Old Trafford after being promoted to the senior squad by Sir Alex Ferguson

David Moyes debuted as a teenager as a substitute in the Community Shield win over Wigan Athletic and Januzaj scored twice in a 2-1 win over Sunderland in his first Premier start League

The winger won a five-year contract, scoring four times in total this season and registering six assists in all competitions, and was awarded the number 11 shirt after Ryan Giggs retired

It would be the peak of his rapid ascent in England, however, and he spoke to BBC Sport about how things turned out for him after Louis van Gaal arrived

Could he come back to haunt his former employers? The 26-year-old has made more than 100 appearances since arriving in San Sebastian, but has not been a regular starter this season, playing 12 times in La Liga, scoring twice and providing an assist

Sociedad’s biggest threat is Spain international Mikel Oyarzabal, a player considered their most exciting product since striker Antoine Griezman, who is now at Barcelona

Born in Eibar, halfway between San Sebastian and Bilbao, Oyarzabal, 23, arrived at La Real academy from his hometown club in 2011 at the age of 14 and has made his first-team debut by Moyes four years later

Oyarzabal has been his side’s best offensive selling point this season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions and adding six assists

“We have a style of play that favors the team we have and is suitable for everyone,” Oyarzabal explains

“What’s more important is that whoever plays on the team, while still important, is less important when the idea is clear and we know what to do”

The ‘idea’ is a possession-based style of attacking football that saw Real Sociedad dominate La Liga earlier this season, although they have now moved up to sixth place

In addition to producing current stars such as Oyarzabal and 19-year-old winger Ander Barrenetxea – the club’s youngest debutant in over 80 years – breaking away from the tradition of using only Basque players in 1989 has allowed La Real to polish their team with talents from outside the region

Sporting director Roberto Olabe, another former Sociedad player, rounded off the club’s successful academy program with smart recruiting, highlighted by the signing of David Silva from Manchester City on a free transfer this season

Premier League fans will also recognize former Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal, who grew up close to Pamplona and played for Osasuna, as did midfielder Mikel Merino before stays at Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United

La Real’s recruiting isn’t limited to the Spaniards, however, with 21-year-old Swedish striker Alexander Isak, who has been compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scoring 16 times last season as the Basque side secured a place in the Europa League and reached the final of the Copa del Rey

Few major European clubs have put as much emphasis on integrating young players into their squads as La Real, whose unique approach only includes signing academy players at the Under-13 level

“It’s a very instilled project and we want to get better every day,” Luki Iriarte, La Real academy director, told BBC Sport “We always get more information and we can focus on improving the youth system

“Our vision is how we integrate the players and how we involve the families as well, we want a good base outside, off the pitch, so that we can perform well on it”

Iriarte says club wants young people to ‘have the chance to be kids first’, allowing them to work on different sports before they get involved in football

The club do not believe in entering academy tournaments too early and believe that their approach allows players to arrive “as open-minded and more flexible individuals”

Real Sociedad’s ultramodern Zubieta training base, located in the Gipuzkoa countryside 15 minutes from San Sebastian, is home to both their first team and young players

Manager Imanol Alguacil is a product of Zubieta, playing more than 100 times in the club’s first team, while reserve team boss Xabi Alonso also started his career there.

It worked for World Cup winners Alonso and Griezmann, who joined Sociedad after failing to find a French club and scored 52 times in 201 games before leaving for Atletico Madrid in 2014, while Spaniard Alonso played for Liverpool ahead of spells laden with trophies with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich

Spain full-back Odriozola is another to join Real Madrid, as is Asier Illarramendi, before returning to San Sebastian So how can the club keep their best prospects from being debauched?

“We want each generation to be better than the last”, says Iriarte “This work is not something that happens at the last moment The player chooses

“We are very aware that we have to take care of our players from day one, allowing them to see that we are committed to the youth system and that our philosophy is based on this

“We know that we will not always be able to keep all the players who It is a job that we have to do on a daily basis, so that the players feel they can achieve their goals here at Real Sociedad”

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