Ryan Giggs believes that another group of youngsters reminiscent of the Class of 92′ could emerge at Manchester United again.
Giggs, along with the Neville brothers, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, ascended through the academy ranks to become established figures in Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble winning squad of 1999.
And the Welshman, speaking to Press Association Sport, has canvassed the idea of seeing something similar in the future.
“Generally, you get a chance in the first team (at United) which no other big clubs predominantly give you,” he said.
“It’s getting harder because of the money (Manchester) City, Chelsea, all the big clubs are willing to pay, which in my day didn’t happen as much.
“You have teams offering all sorts to 14, 15-year-olds. It’s very difficult for parents now to decide which team to go to and it might not be football reasons first but financial stability. But I think United will always produce young players.”
The very fact that an entire film was made about the Class of 92′ suggests that such a concomitant rise in genuine local talent could never be properly reared again. Not in the same way. Players like Giggs, Scholes and Beckham – three of the most talented footballers from from these shores – do not come around very often.
But if you ever wanted to feel optimistic about the future of United’s youth system, look no further than the final day of last season: Axel Tuanzebe, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Scott McTominay, Demetri Mitchell, Angel Gomes, Joel Pereira alongside established names like Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba. All came from United’s famous – and unyielding – conveyor belt of young talent, and Mourinho has a duty to uphold that legacy.