Manchester United second in European homegrown table as Louis van Gaal puts his trust in youth
Manchester United are listed second in the homegrown list of European clubs, as Louis van Gaal continues to turn to youth.
The stats from the CIES Football Observatory combine homegrown players at their parent club - and others sold or on loan in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
And only Barcelona, where Van Gaal brought through the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta, have produced more footballers in the top five leagues than the Red Devils.
United pip Real Madrid to second with 36 players developed, closely followed by Lyon and Paris Saint Germain.
The report comes after Van Gaal faced criticism early into his reign for going against the club's identity by flogging the likes of Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.
Nevertheless, the United boss has still handed debuts to seven academy products this term, including Tyler Blackett, Jesse Lingaard and Paddy McNair.
The closest English club are Arsenal in joint ninth with 22 players developed - although just seven remain at the Emirates - with Aston Villa way behind with six out of 14 at the club.
Tottenham, Southampton, Chelsea and Manchester City are joint-last in the 51-club list with 12 players, although Manuel Pellegrini's men have just one homegrown player in their current squad.
Spurs boast six, Southampton four and Jose Mourinho's league leaders three.