The youth academies of Chelsea and Manchester United are among the most criticised in English football, but for wholly different reasons.

The Blues are a hotbed of young talent, winning five of the last seven FA Youth Cup titles, but with the exception of the brief auditions of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ola Aina against Leicester City last week, there is a little evidence their achievements in the senior squad. In fact, it’s scarce since John Terry made his debut in 1998.

United, on the other hand, has a fine tradition of promoting players through the ranks, but has seen a downturn in recent years. Coaches have come and gone and former players such as Phil Neville, Darren Fletcher, and Robin van Persie elected to send their kids to Manchester City instead.

Considering these clubs’ dubious credentials in this vital aspect, how have the players fared since Chelsea beat Manchester United 3-2 in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final in 2011?

Chelsea

Jamal Blackman: Goalkeeper is still on Chelsea’s books aged 22, and is currently on a season-long loan spell with fourth-tier struggler Wycombe.

Chelsea league appearances: 0

Todd Kane: Still with the club, but on his fifth loan away from Stamford Bridge with Eredivisie outfit NEC Nijmegen.

Chelsea league appearances: 0

Tomas Kalas: Putting in some steady performances at the back on loan at nearby Fulham. Has three caps for Czech Republic.

Chelsea league appearances: 2

Nathaniel Chalobah: Scored a brace in the Youth Cup semi-final first leg, and laid on a neat backheeled assist for Victor Moses against Leicester last week. Should travel with matchday squad for Sunday’s clash against United. Spent six separate loan spells away before Chelsea debut.

Chelsea league appearances: 2

Aziz Deen-Conteh: Was dumped by Chelsea in 2013. Currently with Georgia’s FC Zugdidi after stints at Port Vale and FC Zaria Balti in Moldova.

Chelsea league appearances: 0

George Saville: Is steadily being trusted with more first-team minutes at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship. Left Chelsea in 2014.

Chelsea league appearances: 0

Rohan Ince: Third cousin of ex-England international Paul is now on loan at Fulham from Brighton & Hove Albion, where he moved after his Chelsea release in 2013.

Chelsea league appearances: 0

Josh McEachran: The most highly rated player in the group left Chelsea after 15 years in 2015 on his own accord when he grew tired of temporary spells away. Is now sporadically used at second-tier Brentford.

Chelsea league appearances: 11

Bobby Devyne: Scored in the first leg’s 3-2 win, but was released from Chelsea shortly after the FA Youth Cup campaign. According to Welling United’s website, has made three appearances for the sixth-tier club this season, but has no evidence of recent activity and retweets stats lambasting English coaching.

Chelsea league appearances: 0

Milan Lalkovic: Well-travelled via loans and subsequent permanent switches to Czech side FK Mlada Boleslav, Barnsley, and Walsall. Currently with League Two’s Portsmouth.

Chelsea league appearances: 0

Adam Nditi: Last known record of playing came last season at Guildford City in the ninth tier, according to Transfermarkt.

Chelsea league appearances: 0

Manchester United

Sam Johnstone: Signed a new deal last week that will tie him to United until 2018. Has been loaned out eight times in five years.

Manchester United league appearances: 0

Michael Keane: After four loan stints, Keane eventually opted for a permanent move to Burnley in 2015. His performances this season have seen him linked to Chelsea for around £25 million.

Manchester United league appearances: 1

Michele Fornasier: Returned to his native Italy with Sampdoria, and now scrambling for minutes with relegation-threatened Pescara.

Manchester United league appearances: 0

Tom Thorpe: Penned a permanent deal with Rotherham United in 2015, but has since been sent out for temporary spells away with Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers.

Manchester United league appearances: 1

Sean McGinty: Now aged 23, McGinty has incredibly been part of 12 transfers in his short career. Currently a first-choice defender for fifth-tier Torquay United.

Manchester United league appearances: 0

Larnell Cole: Shifted to Fulham in 2014, but is currently on his third loan from the club with Inverness Caledonian Thistle of the Scottish Premiership.

Manchester United league appearances: 0

Paul Pogba: Juventus acquired Pogba for a derisory sum in 2012 after he became disenchanted at the lack of opportunities under Alex Ferguson. Returned last summer for a world-record €105-million fee.

Manchester United league appearances: 10

Ryan Tunnicliffe: Another player that’s ended up at Fulham and subsequently loaned out, but he’s been regularly used by the Cottagers over the past two seasons.

Manchester United league appearances: 0

Jesse Lingard: Eased into the starting XI that day thanks to the suspension of Ravel Morrison. After several loans away, he made an impression in the first team under Louis van Gaal and is still a regular since Jose Mourinho took the helm.

Manchester United league appearances: 31

Gyliano van Velzen: Went back to the Netherlands initially with FC Utrecht, but is now finding game time easier to come by at FC Volendam, a mid-table side of the Dutch second-tier.

Manchester United league appearances: 0

Will Keane: Is struggling to make an impression at Hull City since moving last summer. Turned out for Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday, and Preston North End before he left United for good.

Manchester United league appearances: 2

What happened next?

United trampled the one-goal deficit in the second leg, winning 4-0 thanks to a Will Keane hat trick and a deflected shot from the returning Morrison, the talented yet troubled midfielder currently with Lazio.

The Red Devils’ youngsters then collected silverware in the final, beating Sheffield United 6-3 over two legs, with the goals again coming courtesy of Will Keane and Morrison.

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