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The next generation: As Guus hails United's kids, how do Chelsea, Liverpool, Villa and Arsenal match up?

Guus Hiddink admits that Manchester United could dominate for years to come because of the strength of their squad.

With the Chelsea boss rueing his own club's lack of planning for the future, Sportsmail takes a look how the top five compare when it comes to the next generation of stars.

Hiddink believes United have a great blend of youth and experience, with many of their Under 21 internationals already getting a good amount of game time.


Manchester United

Anderson (20 years old)


The Brazil international has already made more than 60 appearances for United in just a season-and-a-half since his switch from Porto for an estimated £18million. A revelation in his debut season, establishing himself as a box-to-box midfielder, though injuries have slightly stunted his progress this term. Appears to have a bright future for both club and country.

Danny Welbeck (18)

Looked a little out of depth in the Carling Cup final, but the England youth international has impressed when called on in earlier in the competition and in FA Cup fixtures this season. Trusted enough to make his League debut in November - scoring when coming off the bench during the 5-0 demolition of Stoke. His goal against Derby in the FA Cup last month had something of Thierry Henry about it, though strikers have traditionally found it difficult to come up through the ranks at Old Trafford - though he can also play on the wing.


Jonny Evans (21)

An established international with Northern Ireland, who impressed on two loan spells with Sunderland before being considered to valuable to hive off this season. United were prepared to move on the highly rated Gerard Pique to Barcelona in the knowledge that Evans would be good enough to step up and the centre half has proved an able deputy to Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic. Whether he can break up that formidable partnership is another matter.

Darron Gibson (21)

The Republic of Ireland midfielder has grown so much in stature over the last few months that his competent performance at Wembley on Sunday was seen as being a little disappointing. Gibson looks a mature 21, with great composure on the ball and an eye for goal, judging by two he scored against Southampton and Derby in the FA Cup this season. He's pushing for a starting place with Giovanni Trapattoni's men and has a real chance to become a United regular.

Fabio da Silva (18)

His brother Rafael has already impressed at right-back and now appears to be ahead of Gary Neville and Wes Brown in the pecking order. Fabio has the difficult task of usurping Patrice Evra, but, had it not been for injury, he would surely have been handed more opportunities. The former Flumninense trainee captained Brazil at the Under 17 World Cup and he's said to be even better than raiding Rafael.

VERDICT: Just champion. This list doesn't even include the likes of Nani, Fraizer Campbell, Danny Simpson, Rodrigo Possebon, Craig Cathcart or the new Serb recrutis Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic. It seems Hiddink is probably right.



Chelsea

Michael Mancienne (21)

Englander Under 21 defender has made three appearances for Chelsea this season. Mancienne, who had a successful spell on loan at Wolves earlier in the season impressed so much he was included in Fabio Capello's England squad to face Germany and Hiddink is thought to be a fan.


Miroslav Stoch (19)


Young winger Stoch was a part of Chelsea's FA Youth Cup final team that was beaten last year by Manchester City. The Slovakia international has made five substitute appearances for Chelsea this season and but will be hoping to gain a place in Chelsea's injury-hit squad.

Franco di Santo (19)

The Argentina Under 20 striker joined Chelsea last season from Chilean club Audax Italiano were he scored an impressive 35 goals in 86 appearances. Despite only joining in January, Di Santo finished last season as Chelsea's top scorer in the reserve league. At 6ft 4in, he's hardly the next Maradona, but the powerful striker could be the long-term successor to Didier Drogba if he sharpens up his act at Stamford Bridge.

Ben Sahar (19)

Had his Chelsea debut in 2007 as a substitute against Macclesfield. Sahar has had loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday, QPR, Portsmouth and is currently on loan at Dutch club De Graafschapp. Sahar has 13 caps for Israel scoring 3 goals but has yet to transfer his International form on to the domestic scene and may need to look elsewhere for a breakthrough.

Jeffrey Bruma (17)

Although yet to appear in the first team the young Dutch defender has impressed many with his appearances in the Chelsea youth team and reserves. Bruma was part of Chelsea's FA Youth Cup side last season despite still being at school. The centre back has a long way to go before he is ready to challenge John Terry for a position but is definitely one to keep you on.

VERDICT: The kid's aren't all right. They may have made the FA Youth Cup final last season, but there aren't too many who are trusted with first-team football.


Liverpool

Emiliano Insua (20)

The Argentine left-back joined Liverpool from Boca Juniors in 2007. Insua, was apart of his country's Under 20 World Cup-winning side in 2007 and has played six times this season for Liverpool and looks to be good cover for Fabio Aurelio, which could spell the end of Italian left-back Andrea Dossena.

David N'Gog (19)

The France Under 21 striker joined Liverpool last summer for £1.5m. N'Gog, has made 12 appearances so far this term and scored against PSV in the Champions League. Although very raw, N'Gog could prove to be a good asset to Benitez's squad.

Damien Plessis (20)

Like N'Gog, Plessis is a France Under 21 international. The centre midfielder joined Liverpool from Lyon in 2007 and has drawn comparison to former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira. Plessis has appeared seven times for Benitez's men and scored his first goal in the 4-2 Carling Cup defeat to Tottenham.

Krisztian Nemeth (20)

Currently on loan at Blackpool, the Hungarian sensation has yet to make a first team appearance. Nemeth, joined Liverpool in 2007 and has impressed many with his pace movement and eye for goal. With Liverpool short of strikers he will be looking to break into the Liverpool first team by the end of the season.

Stephen Darby (20)

Right-back Darby, who is Liverpool's reserve team captain ,has appeared twice in their Champions League campaign. The Melwood graduate will look to break into the first team and play with boyhood heroes Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

VERDICT: Teething troubles. Liverpool could do with a crop of good youngsters to patch up a thin squad, but Benitez's boys are a mixed bag, including a number of foreigners who may struggle to step up.


Aston Villa

Nathan Delfouneso (18)

Turned 18 last month and has been rewarded with a handful of starts in the UEFA Cup and FA Cup this season, commendably scoring three in eight appearances. A locally produced graduate of the Villa academy, the striker with the difficult to pronounce surname is a rough diamond who is expected to follow in the footsteps of Gabriel Agbonlahor. He's yet to play for England Under 21s but was the top scorer in the successful 2006 Victory Shield campaign for the Under 16s.


Craig Gardner (22)

Becoming an established part of the Villa team, preferring to play in central midfield but also proving versatile by stepping in at the troublesome right-back position. Could be a long-term successor to Gareth Barry, should the England midfielder leave. Signed up on a long-term deal and has been part of the England Under 21 set-up.

Isaiah Osbourne (21)

Just signed for Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season. The imposing defensive midfielder has struggled for first-team opportunites and has suffered injury set-backs. Nonetheless, he is considered one of the best players in the reserve team and has made six appearances in cup competitions this season. A number of decent players ahead of him, though.

Stephen O'Halloran (21)

Things were looking up for the defender when he won two caps for the Republic of Ireland back in 2007 before even making his Aston Villa debut. The left-back has represented his country at every level and was influential on loan at Wycombe during their memorable Carling Cup run in 2006-07. However, his progress was stunted when he suffered a serious knee injury while on loan at Leeds a year ago. Now trying to get back into the groove with a spell at Swansea.

Chris Herd (19)


The young Australian may make it for his versatility above all else. Comfortable on the right wing or in central midfield, he has also been used by the reserves at right-back - a position that causes Martin O'Neill problems. Yet to make his first-team debut, but he has been named on the bench for O'Neill this season and tasted senior football on loan at Port Vale and Wycombe last season.

VERDICT: Must try harder. This list masks a good crop of youngsters who have just come through - the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young and James Milner who have fired Villa up the table. But Martin O'Neill could do with the likes of Barry Bannan and Marc Albrighton pushing on.


Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey (18)

Joined Arsenal from Cardiff for £5m after 22 appearances including a substitute appearances in the FA Cup final. Wales U-21 manager Brian Flynn described Ramsey as the Welsh Fabregas and has impressed for the Gunners in his six substitute appearances in the Premier League.

Kieran Gibbs (19)

Although Gibbs, started his Arsenal career as a left midfielder, Gibbs has mainly appeared at left back as cover for Gael Clichy. The England U-21 star has impressed with his quick and direct attacking play which has drawn comparison with former Arsenal player Ashley Cole.

Jack Wilshere (17)

Wilshire's substitute appearance against Blackburn last September made him the clubs youngest player to appear in the League at 16 years and 256 days. The young midfielder has appeared mainly as a winger in the first teams campaign in the Carling cup and scored on his debut at home to Sheffield United. Arsenal boss Wenger has also tipped the young midfielder to break into the England set-up in the next few seasons.

Carlos Vela (20)

The young Mexican international impressed many with his goalscoring form in preseason. A regular in the Carling Cup campaign, Vela, scored a sensation hat-trick against Sheffield United and will look to build on this success and help the Gunners in their quest for silverware and Champions League qualification.

Theo Walcott (19)

Sven Goran Eriksson did his best to ruin the forward's credibility by taking him to the 2006 World Cup, only to then seem to have no intention of using him. He struggled to live up to the hype following his £12m move from Southampton as a 16-year-old. But he proved the doubters wrong this season before dislocating his right shoulder in November.

VERDICT: Top of the class. The difficulty with selecting from Arsenal's youngsters is who doesn't make the list. Denilson has impressed this season, Samir Nasri has the makings of a decent winger, and Wenger's boys have been unleashed to great effect in the Carling Cup. If only some of them could make the step up quicker, it would add a better balance to the squad.


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Evans and anderson have showed that they are already a world class player.. both already have played at the highest level for United.. both already got lots of A-team international caps.. Future is bright for United.. Hiddink is rite and Chelsea have to spend more to compete with us! hahaha..


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seems like Chelsea will start producing their own youngsters too....


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aku rs grp youngsters kte n arsenal la plg bgs. youngsters skng (evans, gibson, wellbeck, da silva twins, possebon) mmg dh tnjk potential diorg

pas2 aku excited gle nk tggu ljajic, tosic, macheda n petrucci maen 1st team nnt :nod:


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hanya satu jer englishman....welbeck...


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hanya satu jer englishman....welbeck...

hmm, problem lak tu. what bout heaton, chester? oh ye, lupe lg sorg, ravel morrison. rsnye mamat ni ade can gk


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tula.. i discussed this wit Aniq the other nite.. we have promising youngsters but our academy are currently flooded with foreigners..


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tula.. i discussed this wit Aniq the other nite.. we have promising youngsters but our academy are currently flooded with foreigners..

its that damn 10-mile or whatever it is rule..


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tula.. i discussed this wit Aniq the other nite.. we have promising youngsters but our academy are currently flooded with foreigners..

its that damn 10-mile or whatever it is rule..


yea i know... this rules contradicted each other..


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i'm wondering whether all these foreign youngsters qualify for that proposed 'homegrown' rule..


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i'm wondering whether all these foreign youngsters qualify for that proposed 'homegrown' rule..


do u mean the homegrown rule that is proposed by the Premier League?


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Fasha wrote:
Loque wrote:
i'm wondering whether all these foreign youngsters qualify for that proposed 'homegrown' rule..


do u mean the homegrown rule that is proposed by the Premier League?

yeah. im still not clear with this. what i understand is, any youngsters who trained at the club for 2 or more years before making his senior debut are regarded as 'homegrown', regardless of their nationality.

is this rite? correct me if im wrong


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Loque wrote:
i'm wondering whether all these foreign youngsters qualify for that proposed 'homegrown' rule..


do u mean the homegrown rule that is proposed by the Premier League?

yeah. im still not clear with this. what i understand is, any youngsters who trained at the club for 2 or more years before making his senior debut are regarded as 'homegrown', regardless of their nationality.

is this rite? correct me if im wrong


yes.. ur rite.. if this plan goes on.. the likes of Arsenal & even us will get away with the 6+5 rules..


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Fasha wrote:
Loque wrote:
Fasha wrote:
Loque wrote:
i'm wondering whether all these foreign youngsters qualify for that proposed 'homegrown' rule..


do u mean the homegrown rule that is proposed by the Premier League?

yeah. im still not clear with this. what i understand is, any youngsters who trained at the club for 2 or more years before making his senior debut are regarded as 'homegrown', regardless of their nationality.

is this rite? correct me if im wrong


yes.. ur rite.. if this plan goes on.. the likes of Arsenal & even us will get away with the 6+5 rules..

ha, that will merk platini and FIFA to no end. im sure they have something to say bout this


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Premier League is trying to save the Premier League by proposing this.. cuz if the 6+5 rules applies.. the Premier League is the biggest loser.. need i remind u.. we have to start 6 english men in a game.. and that doesn't include Welsh, Scots & irish..


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