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…
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.