Real Sociedad vs Manchester United

Derby of record holding youth academies in World Football

Real Sociedad

65 years with homegrown players in its starting eleven

Real Sociedad record: since May 1957, Real Sociedad has always played with at least 1 player trained in its own youth academy, 2,758 matches in a row and of those, more than half have involved 9 or more homegrown players per match [More info in the Thread on Twitter]

Manchester United

85 years with academy players
called up

Manchester United record: since October 1937, United have always had at least 1 player from their own youth academy in their squad, 4,166 matches in a row.

History of Real Sociedad´s youth academy


History of Manchester United's youth academy


October 1937

Tom Manley and Jackie Wassall are the first homegrown reds to debut


United acquires The Cliff which will be the training ground for its teams


The Manchester United Junior Athletic Club (MUJAC) is created, a junior section


Matt Busby takes charge of United and begins a continued policy of supporting the youth academy


The term “Busby babes” was created to name a generation of United players who would dominate English football for several years


Bobby Charlton's debut, the second most capped player: 758

February 1958

Munich disaster, a plane crash killed 21 people, including several United promises


George Best's debut.


Debut of Ryan Giggs, the player with most appearances for United: 963


“Fergie's Fledglings”, a generation of talented players making their debut under Sir Alex Ferguson, including David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes


The Manchester United Academy is created


Carrington, United's Sports City is built


United announce that they will play against Everton their 4,000th consecutive match with at least 1 own youth player in the squad


Real Sociedad´s titles with homegrown players

Spanish League


Super Cup

Manchester United´s titles with homegrown players

Premier League

Champions League

Europa League

FIFA Club World Cup

Intercontinental Cup

European Super Cup

FA Cup

Community Shield

Real 💙 Gipuzkoa

Real Sociedad has another record that identifies it with its natural territory. In all matches in the club´s history, there has always been playing at least 1 player born in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa.

In more than half of the matches, there were more than 8 players born in Gipuzkoa, and in 295 matches, even all the players were from Gipuzkoa-

More info: Guipuzcoans in la Real
Homegrowns in Anoeta
Busby Babes at Old Trafford