As Manchester United's youngsters lifted the FA Youth Cup in May, it evoked memories of their predecessors 19 years earlier.

It was a vintage year in 1992 for the United academy, as a starting XI including Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt defeated Crystal Palace 3-2 (6-3 on aggregate) in front of 14,681 spectators at Old Trafford.

It was the first time the Red Devils had won the FA Youth Cup since 1964, and heralded the beginning of a new era of success for the first team, with Scholes and Neville particularly instrumental under Sir Alex Ferguson.

And Scholes, who lowered the curtain on his illustrious career at the end of last season, is now keen to see United's kids of today break through into the senior squad like he did almost two decades ago.

"I've watched quite a few of their games and I thought they were brilliant," said Scholes. "They looked like men already. They didn't really look like kids because they're built so well.


"They're strong physically and have got the talent to go with it."

Three players in particular have taken the fancy of the United legend, with the 36-year-old tipping Ravel Morisson, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Paul Pogba for bright futures.

"You are probably looking at Ravel to come through, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Paul Pogba, but there are a lot of talented players," added Scholes.

"We've trained with Ravel and we know what talent he's got - hopefully [he will fulfil it].

"These lads might get their chance on the pre-season tour. I know the manager does like to take young lads away and there’s four or five of them who could go on [to great things]."

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