Gary Neville insists that the key to Manchester United’s success is holding onto the club’s values from youth players to pregame attire.
These kinds of traditions are not about sentimentality.
But more the foundation of what the club has been built upon since the days of Matt Busby in the 1950s.
One of United’s most decorated academy products Gary Neville insists that things like prioritizing academy products are crucial to the club’s success.
Neville who won 33 trophies during his 17-year stint in the first team believes reintroducing such traditions as the team blazer are all part of a necessary process.
Speaking to Sky Sports the retired defender thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the right path if he continues to stick with the values which the club is built on.
“Manchester United can never play without academy players in its first-team squad.”
“It is far too important a value to drop and that was something born out of the 1950s.”
“I think from those very early years the sort of academy was so important to the club and those principles.”
“Even thinking about the simple things like the club blazer at Manchester United that was worn by the Busby Babes.”
“You still see the Manchester United players wear to this day. You have to keep certain things the same.”
“It’s important that we still see values deployed at the club, and by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the first-team manager.”
Perhaps United’s biggest problem has been acquiring players in the transfer market that are not “all-in” when it comes to the club’s values and traditions. Will such things impact Solskjaer’s transfer activity this summer?