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Man Utd's Ferguson determined to get back to developing local youngsters

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to get back to the clubs traditional ways of nurturing young talent through the famed youth academy.

The Red Devils have recently signed youngsters such as Javier Hernandez, Rafael and Fabio da Silva - and to a lesser extent Phil Jones - from other clubs but with the legislation regarding young players again changing, Ferguson is looking to restart the Old Trafford production line.

"It has to do with a change in the legislation," he told FIFA's official website regarding the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

"A few years ago the requirement was brought in that you could only sign young players that lived within an hour-and-a-half radius of the club's headquarters. It wasn't like that before, which was how we were able to sign such fantastic young lads.

"But since it became physically impossible to find six or seven players a year so close by, we decided to change the priorities of our scouting system. As a result, we started to bring in very talented players from abroad and we've had success that way.

"But it's true, in terms of developing players from within the club, it's been a long time since we produced a player of David Beckham's calibre. But the legislation changed again a short while back and it'll be like it was 15 years ago once more, so I'm very optimistic we'll be able to get the production line we had in the past going again."

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