Nicky Butt in action for Manchester United against Mark Hughes of Chelsea.

A Premier League XI from United's Academy

Saturday 04 April 2020 07:00

Everybody recognises and appreciates the production line of talent that has come out of Manchester United's Academy over the years.

The Busby Babes were famous throughout the world and blazed a trail for the club in the 1950s, with those best traditions always being honoured ever since. The success story has continued in the modern era, including the prolific record of the Class of '92, and we decided to look at which homegrown Reds have amassed the most appearances in the Premier League.

Five members of the squad from the Class of '92 - Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Robbie Savage, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes - get into our side. Another, David Beckham, makes the bench.

Savage, of course, did not make a senior debut for the Reds but, after leaving for Crewe Alexandra, forged a lengthy career with Leicester City, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County.

Phil Neville played for United in the 1993 FA Youth Cup final and won the competition in 1995, when he was captain.

Australia international Mark Bosnich is our goalkeeper; he joined United at the age of 17 from Sydney Croatia and returned to the club in 1999 after shining for Aston Villa.

Ryan Shawcross and John O'Shea form the central defensive partnership, while Darren Fletcher is selected in our midfield. Up front, Mark Hughes leads the line, even if he notched up many more outings in the old Division One.

Darren Fletcher clashes with another graduate of United's youth system, Robbie Savage.

Joining Beckham on the bench are goalkeeper Tom Heaton, defenders Phil Bardsley, Wes Brown and Jonny Evans, midfielder Kieran Richardson and forward Danny Welbeck.


Starting XI: 
Bosnich; G.Neville, Shawcross, O’Shea, P.Neville; Fletcher, Butt, Savage, Giggs; Scholes; Hughes.

Substitutes: Heaton, Bardsley, Brown, Evans, Beckham, Richardson, Welbeck.

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