FA Youth Cup final 2nd leg
Old Trafford, 15 May 1992

(Thornley, Davies, McKee)

(McPherson, Thompson)

15/05/2012 14:03, Report by Adam Marshall

On This Day: Class of '92

Twenty years ago, on 15 May, Manchester United's famous Class of 92 lifted the FA Youth Cup with a 3-2 second leg victory over Crystal Palace.

One of the best groups of youth footballers ever assembled in England got their hands on the coveted trophy with Ryan Giggs skippering the team to a 6-3 aggregate triumph against the Eagles. By then, Giggs was already a first teamer but the likes of Gary Neville, David Beckham and Nicky Butt from the team would go on to etch their names into the club's illustrious history and win 239 caps for England between them.

Palace were beaten 3-1 at their ground in the first leg after goals by Butt (2) and Beckham but they raised hopes of a comeback when Andy McPherson rose to meet Scott Cutler's corner and power a header past United goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington. Any nerves were eased when Ben Thornley collected a pass from Simon Davies and cut in to slot a confident finish past Jimmy Glass to make it 4-2 on aggregate.

The Reds went 2-1 up on the night when Davies rammed in the rebound when George Switzer's shot was saved, only for Palace's Niall Thompson to punish defensive hesitancy with a fiercely driven equaliser. United clinched victory when Giggs, wearing 10, crossed from the left for Colin McKee to head home.

United's final team: Pilkington; O'Kane, Casper, Neville, Switzer; Beckham, Butt, Davies (Savage), Thornley (Gillespie); Giggs, McKee.

Class of '92 videos: David Beckham | Nicky Butt | Gary Neville


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