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Published: 14:14 | 28/3/16

Giggs: Youth key to Man United future

Assistant manager wants academy graduates in first team

Ryan Giggs has stressed the importance of bringing young players through the ranks to the identity of Manchester United.

Despite the current campaign being a desperately disappointing one, manager Louis Van Gaal has been given credit for introducing academy graduates to the first team.

The Dutchman has handed debuts to a total of 14 players who came through the underage sides and Giggs, who was part of the famous "Class of 92" batch of graduates, believes the focus on promoting youth products should continue.

"I think it will always be part of the club's philosophy, it's part of the history, it's what sets us apart from other teams," he told the club's official website. "Yes, we can bring world-class players in from around the world but we want one of our own to be performing on that Old Trafford pitch, whether it's a centre-forward, a winger or a defender.

"We need players to come through the ranks. That's a massive part of the United history."

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