Class of '92: David Beckham
Born: 2 May 1975, Leytonstone
Signed schoolboy: 2 May 1988
Signed trainee: 8 July 1991
Youth Cup debut: 27 Nov 1991 v Sunderland
First-team debut: 23 Sep 1992 v Brighton
Signed professional: 23 January 1993
First senior goal: 7 Dec 1994 v Galatasaray
Appearances / goals: 356 (38) / 85
Left United: 2003 (joined Real Madrid)
This month marks the 20th anniversary of United’s landmark FA Youth Cup win. Our five-part feature on the stars of the ‘Class of ‘92’ begins with the lad from Leytonstone…
David Beckham played youth football for Spurs but signed for United, the club he had always supported, on his 13th birthday. The rest, as they say, is history.
He made his Youth Cup debut in the 1991/92 run, making seven appearances and smashing home a brilliant 25-yard volley in the first leg of the final win over Crystal Palace in May, United’s first triumph in the competition for 28 years.
A first-team bow followed in the League Cup four months later and the world was soon to be Becks’ oyster, as his footballing ability and film-star looks made him an idol on and off the field.
Arguably the finest dead-ball exponent in United’s history, the tireless midfielder won six league titles, a Champions League and two FA Cups with the Reds before his much-publicised move to Real Madrid in 2003.