McClair: Winning FA Youth Cup not Man Utd priority

Manchester United coach Brian McClair says there's some great talent currently coming through the academy system.

He told the Manchester Evening News: "We prepare the boys as well as we can every year to win the FA Youth Cup but it is not our priority.

"It is great to be involved in, it is great to get to the final and it is great to win it but that is not really our job. We don't judge ourselves by that.

"We had a group of players a few years ago who lost to Stoke City in the FA Youth Cup it contained Jonny Evans, Ryan Shawcross, Gerard Pique, Giuseppe Rossi, Fraizer Campbell and Darron Gibson!

"Not a bad group! But they lost. How does that happen? But you do lose in cup football. That's what it is like. It happens time and again. So we don't judge on that.

"We just want to continually produce players for United's first team. We are just getting on with doing the best job we possibly can all the way through from the development centre and scouting the five and six year olds all the way up to the Under 18s.

"Are we in a healthy position? We don't look at where we are in terms of the best ever or the worst ever. People are just getting on working very hard and getting the best for Manchester United."