Where are Manchester United’s 2011 FA Youth Cup winning team members now?

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Paul Pogba only made seven first-team appearances during his first spell with Manchester United.

His biggest achievement from those three years at Old Trafford was undoubtedly the 2010-11 FA Youth Cup victory.

United beat Sheffield United 6-3 over two legs in May 2011 - but Pogba is, by some distance, the player in that squad who has gone on to enjoy the most success over the past five years.


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The Frenchman, of course, is now back at Old Trafford following his world-record transfer from Juventus.

But what happened to the rest of his FA Youth Cup-winning teammates? Scroll down to find out.

Sam Johnstone

Sam Johnstone has kept in touch with Paul Pogba since the latter left for Juventus in 2012, but there’s a fair chance the two pals won’t be teammates for much longer.

Johnstone, 23, has been loaned out to a host of Football League clubs over recent years and will be acutely aware that he stands virtually no chance of ever dislodging the Red Devils’ world-class No. 1 goalkeeper, David de Gea.

Michael Keane

Michael Keane was sent on loan to Leicester City, Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley after winning the FA Youth Cup.

He joined Burnley on a permanent transfer in January 2015 and is now back in the Premier League with the Clarets.

Tom Thorpe

Despite the presence of Michael Keane, Paul Pogba and others, it was Tom Thorpe who wore the captain’s armband for United’s FA Youth Cup-winning team.

However, the 23-year-old’s career has taken something of a nose-dive in recent seasons. Now with Rotherham United, he was loaned to Bradford City earlier this year.

Michele Fornasier

United fans might not be overly familiar with the name Michele Fornasier.

The Italian centre-back failed to make a first-team appearance for the Red Devils and now plies his trade for the promoted Italian club Pescara.

Sean McGinty

Sean McGinty, at the age of 22, is already a lower-league journeyman.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has already played for 10 clubs in the Football League - mostly on loan - and now finds himself at Torquay United.

Ryan Tunnicliffe

Ryan Tunnicliffe is currently with Championship outfit Fulham following loan spells with Peterborough United, Barnsley, Ipswich Town, Wigan and Blackburn.

The 23-year-old’s father netted himself a cool £10,000 in September 2012 after betting Ryan would one day play for United. The midfielder was aged just nine at the time.

Ravel Morrison

Widely regarded as the most talented member of United’s FA Youth Cup-winning squad, Ravel Morrison is a sad example of unfulfilled potential.

Sir Alex Ferguson was left with little choice but to offload the wayward attacking midfielder, who Rio Ferdinand claimed Paul Pogba and Adnan Januzaj used to look up to, and he’s now in the process of attempting to salvage his career with Italian giants Lazio.

Paul Pogba

Now the most expensive footballer of all time after United paid Juventus £89 million to bring him back to Old Trafford.

Gyliano van Velzen

Another one who, unfortunately, failed to make the grade at Old Trafford.

Gyliano van Velzen, a Netherlands Under-21 international, currently plays for FC Volendam.

Larnell Cole

Larnell Cole was brought to Fulham by the former United coach Rene Meulensteen in January 2014.

However, the midfielder was offloaded a month later following the arrival of Felix Magath, who deemed the youngster surplus to requirements at Craven Cottage. The 23-year-old is still with the Cottagers, however, after spending last season on loan with Shrewsbury Town.

Will Keane

Will Keane was tipped for big things but, sadly, injuries have disrupted his development.

He suffered a cruciate ligament injury in 2012 and has since been loaned out to several Championship clubs. The 23-year-old is still with United, but probably not for much longer.

John Cofie

John Cofie was wanted by Liverpool before United snapped him up - the Reds had a £250,000 bid rejected from Burnley - but the Ghanian forward has failed to develop into a first-class footballer.

Cofie, a former England Under-17 international, now plays for Southport in the National League.

Tom Lawrence

Ryan Giggs handed Tom Lawrence his United debut in May 2014, but the Wales international is no longer with the Red Devils.

The 22-year-old is now with the Premier League champions, Leicester City, but spent last season on loan with Blackburn and Cardiff City.

Tyler Blackett

Tyler Blackett was handed 11 first-team appearances - including his debut - by Louis van Gaal during the 2014-15 campaign.

The 22-year-old spent time on loan with Celtic last season and now finds himself back at Old Trafford.

Jesse Lingard

Arguably the second most successful player from United’s FA Youth Cup-winning squad, Jesse Lingard scored the winning goal for the Red Devils in last season’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

He followed that up by scoring a fine solo goal against Leicester in the Community Shield on Sunday.

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