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Ryan Giggs insists Manchester United will never abandon their traditions or their youth policy.
The former player - one of the United's greatest youth products - also hopes to manage the club again in the future.
Giggs had a spell as interim manager at the end of last season and, after retiring as a player, remains at Old Trafford as assistant to new boss Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal's arrival over the summer coincided with the spending of £150million on new players.
With Academy graduate Danny Welbeck also being sold to Arsenal, there are fears priorities could be changing at a club with a proud record in youth development.
Giggs, speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, said: "The club will never change. The history of the club is to play exciting football, always give youngsters a chance, keep to the traditions of the club.
"Okay Danny has left, which is obviously disappointing because you never want to see a homegrown player leave but this is a manager who gave (Clarence) Seedorf his chance, (Patrick) Kluivert his chance, (Andres) Iniesta his chance, Xavi, Thomas Muller - he has got a track record of giving young players a chance."