THE ACADEMY

16/12/2013 10:14, Report by Adam Marshall
1 of 2 Next 

Winners usually progress

Manchester United's last FA Youth Cup winners are continuing to make their way in the game and the incentive is there for the current crop of youngsters to follow in some famous footsteps.

Under-18 coach Paul McGuinness' father Wilf won the competition three times, playing alongside the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Eddie Colman, Shay Brennan and Duncan Edwards in the 1950s, while the famed Class of 92 needs no introduction.

McGuinness is pleased to see the progress of the Reds' last winners in 2011 and recalls the competitive nature that brought the best out of Eric Harrison's group in the early nineties.

"If you look through the history of United's 10 teams who have won it, I think you'll find a good sprinkling of top players to come out of it," he told ManUtd.com. "From 2011, we've got a number of internationals now.

"Paul Pogba plays for France and many have represented the England Under-21s. Jesse Lingard played well for the first team on tour, Larnell Cole has played for England Under-20s, Michael Keane and Ryan Tunnicliffe are playing well in the Championship. Ravel Morrison has played in the Premier League.

"I knew they were special but I'd see it in training. When you put a lot of good players together, then the result is they naturally challenge each other and, through that, good players get better. People go on about the Class of 92 and the famous ones but, with the people below that, you had Keith Gillespie, who was a top player, Ben Thornley, who got

OFFICIAL SPONSORS