David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt are some of the few graduates from the prestigious class of ’92 that went on to feature for their club and country. A crop of talented young players that were to become some of the greatest footballers in British history.
21 years later, and United are the most successful team in English history brought on by the same crop of players that are still plying their trade - most notably Ryan Giggs - or are now associated with the United coaching set-up.
In the past few years, United have signed many youngsters at a tender age to further their development and introduce them into United first-team. United who are also renowned for their home grown players all across Europe have had a recent surge in performance from these youngsters.
Many youngsters like Adnan Januzaj, Jesse Lingard, and Will Keane have emerged in the pre-season and the Under-21 Championship and have impressed on the showings for United.
Adnan Januzaj being the brightest prospect, he has wowed the United faithful with his amazing dribbling technique and skills in front of goal, has been touted as the next Cristiano Ronaldo by former Manchester United coach, Eric Harrison.
“Januzaj is outstanding and I think he is similar to Cristiano Ronaldo. He can beat people and with Wilfried Zaha, I think there is some outstanding quality there,” Harrison said.
Manchester City are reportedly planning to make a move for the talented 18-year-old Belgian. Adnan Januzaj is out of contract at the end of this season and is yet to sign a new deal with the English Champions.
Jesse Lingard is another bright prospect. Having lit up the pre-season with his goals from the midfield. It has also been reported that Birmingham City are looking to take the 20-year-old on loan who spend the last season at Leicester City.
The addition of Zaha, good showings from the Keane brothers as well as performances from Thorpe, Varela and Cole in the youth teams have shown United fans glimpse of a bright future after a disappointing summer of transfer dealings.
If United manage to hold on to these bright prospects and give them ample game-time, we may very well see an emulation of the Class of ’92.
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