More proof Academy products are making their mark
The decision to award Scott McTominay the second goal in the 3-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, last time out for Manchester United, means three Academy products scored in the same game.
Andreas Pereira got the ball rolling with his first strike of the season and Marcus Rashford rifled in the third to clinch the three points against the Seagulls, ahead of the current international break.
Looking through the record books, it is actually quite a rare occurrence to have three different homegrown scorers in the same match and, by our reckoning, it is the first time it has happened in the Premier League for 17 years.
Back in 2002, West Ham United were beaten 5-3 at their former home, Upton Park, in an entertaining game. David Beckham scored twice, with fellow Class of '92 members Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes also among the goals. Current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the other player to find the net in the capital.
Another London fixture, in 1997, yielded a 5-2 triumph against Wimbledon, with Butt, Beckham (2) and Scholes again the marksmen. Andy Cole grabbed the other one.
A year earlier, Nottingham Forest were beaten 5-0 at Old Trafford, with Scholes, Beckham (2) and Ryan Giggs on target, along with Eric Cantona. And a 6-0 away win at Bolton Wanderers' Burnden Park featured goals from Beckham, substitute Scholes (2) and Butt.
The last time three Academy players scored in the same game, in all competitions, came in 2006, with a 3-0 home win over FC Copenhagen. Scholes, John O'Shea and Kieran Richardson grabbed the goals in a 3-0 triumph over the Danes in the Champions League. In terms of European clashes, Giggs, Scholes and Beckham netted in the 3-3 home draw with Barcelona during the 1998/99 Treble season and, in another group game that term, Beckham, Phil Neville and Scholes were on the mark in a 5-0 victory against Brondby at Old Trafford.
In the domestic cups, Burton Albion were beaten 5-0 at Old Trafford in January 2006, as Giuseppe Rossi (2), Richardson and Giggs scored in the FA Cup replay. Rossi netted again, in 2005, against Barnet in the League Cup, with Richardson and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake also on target in a 4-1 victory.
PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES WITH THREE DIFFERENT ACADEMY SCORERS
Brighton (H) 3-1 - 10/11/19
Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford.
West Ham (A) 5-3 - 16/3/02
David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes.
Wimbledon (A) 5-2 - 22/11/97
Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Paul Scholes.
Nottingham Forest (H) 5-0 - 28/4/96
Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs.
Bolton Wanderers (A) 6-0 - 25/2/96
David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt.
Just for the record, when United beat Stoke City 4-0 in May 2010, Darren Fletcher and Giggs scored, while ex-Red Danny Higginbotham put through his own net, and a similar thing happened when Everton were seen off 4-2 en route to another Premier League title, late in the 2006/07 season, as Phil Neville netted an own goal, while O'Shea and Chris Eagles also scored.
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