After taking over the job at Old Trafford in 1986, Sir Alex Ferguson knew he had to start from the scratch and build from within.

He quickly set about building and developing the youth academy at the club. After fielding his young guns, Sir Alex was hit with a barrage of criticism from fellow professionals and the media.

Alan Hansen, who was a footballing legend himself, was working as a football reporter when he said: "You can't win anything with kids", those words will never be forgotten.

The amount of success that those youngsters brought to Manchester United has never been repeated. Manchester United’s youth system has now produced some renowned footballers and is consistently working on dexterous individuals. The graduates of 1992 won the youth version of FA Cup that year, and were given thumbs up by the gaffer for the first team.

Ryan Giggs

The 39-year-old was first of the second wave of Fergie’s Fledglings. The Welshman is the most decorated player in the history of Premier League. The number 11 of current United squad holds a record 12 Premier League winner medals and many other individual and team trophies. Giggs is still performing at the highest level and is not showing any signs of slowing down.

David Beckham

Twice the runner up of the FIFA World Player of the Year, Beckham has been a phenomenon right from the start. The PSG stalwart was one of the players who graced the famous number seven jersey of Manchester United. The style icon is still loved by the Old Trafford faithfuls for his services at his time there.

In 2003, Beckham moved to Real Madrid after a fall out with the manager and was a major part of the Galacticos. Beckham’s love for United is still prominent as he didn’t join any other Premier League club, despite being approached by many.

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes has 10 Premier League medals to his name and is widely known for his vision and excellence in the central midfield role. Scholes is unarguably one of the best midfielders the world has ever seen. Praised by coaches and opponents all around the world, the master was a part of the club’s youth system. Scholes came back from retirement just to get the weak midfield of United back to its feet and he did a commendable job too. He has made 700 appearances for the club, the third highest in their history.

Gary Neville

He won a total of eight Premier League titles for the English giants.The former United skipper was a true leader and an inspirational defender. The passion and love for the club was evident in his each performance. He formed a partnership with Beckham on the right wing, regularly contributing assists. He also managed a total of 85 senior caps for the national side. Gary announced his retirement from football after almost 20 years playing at Manchester United.

Phil Neville

The younger of the Neville brothers was also a crucial part of the class of 1992, but was unable to establish himself as a first choice left-back until 2000 due to the consistency of Denis Irwin. In 2005, Phil joined Everton on a five-year deal. The skipper of the Merseyside club leads by example and his proficiency and experience gives confidence to his colleagues and coach.

Nicky Butt

Eric Cantona. He ended his career in 2011 at South China, a club in Hongkong. Butt, now a reserve team coach at Manchester United, was a midfielder and spent 12 years at Old Trafford before sealing a move to Newcastle United in 2004.

Butt along with Roy Keane was chosen as the successor to Paul Ince in 1995. Butt performed remarkably in his first two full seasons at United, and often started in the lineup, scoring crucial goals, such as against Liverpool in 's famous comeback match in October 1995.

 

Keith Gillespie and Robbie Savage, were also the part of 1992 graduates, both of whom went on to play for different Premier League teams other than United, but they only left because they played in the same positions as the others.

 

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