Class of '92: Nicky Butt
Born: 21 January 1975, Gorton
Signed trainee: 8 July 1991
Youth Cup debut: 27 Nov 1991 v Sunderland
First-team debut: 21 Nov 1992 v Oldham
Signed professional: 23 Jan 1993
First senior goal: 31 Dec 1994 v Southampton
Appearances / goals: 307 (80) / 26
Left United: 2004 (joined Newcastle)
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’ continues with a look at an exceptional midfielder…
The local lad from Gorton was, in the words of coach Eric Harrison, "as hard as iron and a tough guy" and he took no prisoners on the field, looking up to Bryan Robson as the ultimate role model.
A key figure throughout the FA Youth Cup run in 1992, he was an ever-present in all eight games, and scored three times including a double in the first leg of the final at Crystal Palace.
Butt played almost 400 times for the Reds, winning six Barclays Premier League titles and the Champions League, before joining Newcastle in 2004. His performances for England at the 2002 World Cup famously drew praise from the legendary Pele and he would have been a top-class midfield talent in any generation.