Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole believes Frank Lampard is best at repeating what Sir Alex Ferguson and the class of 92 at Manchester United have achieved.
The legendary manager at Old Trafford was able to bring in a whole slew of academics, including David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, and the local stars were an integral part of the many trophies United could win later.
It remains to be seen if anything of this magnitude can happen again. Chelsea has achieved success this season by producing academics under Lampard. Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount have established themselves as first-team regulars, and Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi find their best form after serious injury.
Their success has put the blues in fourth place six points ahead of Arsenal before the game this weekend. With the Gunners on Saturday in Leicester, Chelsea have the opportunity to take advantage of at least one of the top 4 rivals losing points.
Given Lampard's transfer ban, the success he has had with such a young group of inexperienced players is impressive.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tried to implement a similar philosophy at Manchester United. Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and Daniel James all flourish, but he has not achieved the same results. United are ten points adrift of Chelsea after eleven games in the middle of the table. A run from a defeat in six was encouraging for United, however, and a victory over Brighton on the weekend could mean a jump in the top seven.
While the approaches of the two managers were similar, Cole has stated that the reason for Chelsea's success is simply that their young players are better than United's.
"I do not think you'll ever get the perfect storm that happened when Fergie (Sir Alex Ferguson) played through all the young players at Manchester United," Cole told BT Sport Early Kick-Off.
"They were all local boys, and then they won, but there's a mix and a mix, and I think Chelsea is the best club to do that."
"The players at Manchester United are good players, but I do not see Callum Hudson-Odois, no Mason Mounts, but they're good players, and it's good that Manchester United has developed them."