Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay.

Scott and Jesse pick their all-time Academy XI

Tuesday 28 April 2020 09:00

Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard were asked to select their all-time XI from homegrown Manchester United players during the latest UTD Podcast episode.

The Academy graduates had an interesting debate on the team and there was some final chopping and changing, which, ultimately, resulted in one of the current crop, Brandon Williams, getting the nod while another, Marcus Rashford, was edged out in attack.

You can hear the detailed discussion by downloading the full podcast.

Watch some of the discussion around the best Academy XI.

We take a closer look at the players picked by the two Reds...


United's youngest-ever player when he made a shock debut in the 1956 Charity Shield against Manchester City. He went to rack up 120 games between the sticks for the club in 13 years of service with the senior side.

"He's got the most appearances and he's the one I was looking at on the list," said Scott. "He's our no1."


A reliable defender for club and country, who is third on the club's list of top appearance-makers in the Premier League with 400 games. The Sky Sports pundit won the title eight times with his boyhood side.

"Weve got to put Gary Neville in there," explained Scott. "Hes a club legend. He’s got to be – 100 per cent."


The classy former England international made an impressive debut marking Leeds United danger-man Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in 1998 and was very highly regarded by Sir Alex Ferguson, who described him as the country's most natural defender. After 362 outings for the Reds, he moved to Sunderland.

"I think weve got to go for Wes," insisted Jesse.


The Northern Ireland stalwart, now with Leicester City, won three titles with the team he supported growing up and also lifted the FIFA Club World Cup in 2008. In total, he made 198 appearances for United under Sir Alex.

"I’m going to go for Jonny," said Jesse, then told Jonny's wife, Helen, one of the UTD Podcast presenters. "Come on Helen, give us a smile now!"


Despite only making his breakthrough this season, appearing 26 times, one of our current crop was selected ahead of Phil Neville and John O'Shea. The defender scored his first senior goal in the 3-3 draw at Sheffield United.

"Let’s go for Brandon," stated Scott. "Weve got to have Phil Neville in there somewhere, we can put him on the bench."


The former England skipper remains one of the greatest set-piece takers and assist-makers in the club's history. A player with an extraordinary work ethic, he scored 85 goals in 394 games for the Reds before joining Real Madrid in 2003. The midfielder was Man of the Match in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, as the Reds clinched the Treble.

Jesse agreed with Scott on the subject, saying: "Yes, let's put Becks in midfield."


There was great debate around who would get the two central slots, with so much competition for places. Scholesy, third in the all-time list of appearance-makers on 718, was impossible to ignore. "If he doesn't make it, we might as well all give up and go home," said Sir Alex about the young midfielder, before he had earned a place in the senior side.

"Scholesy is nailed on," stressed Scott. "He’s there."


Another current player who gets into the XI, the France international is in his second spell with the Reds after winning the FA Youth Cup back in 2011. A decade on, he is generally recognised as one of the finest creative players in Europe and has 150 appearances for the club under his belt.

"He always wanted to come back to United," said Jesse. "Hes also won the World Cup as well, which is the cherry on top."

Brandon Williams and Paul Pogba both make the boys' XI.


Rated by many as the best footballer they have ever seen, the legendary wide man from Belfast was instrumental in the club winning the European Cup for the first time in 1968, scoring a solo goal in the final against Benfica. He played in 470 matches, following his debut against West Brom in 1963, and scored 179 times – only four players have netted more goals for United.

"I think George Best has to be on the right," explained Scott. "But then where does David Beckham come into this?"


After initially being chosen in midfield, the iconic England legend was moved into an attacking role. With 249 goals in 758 games for the Reds, the Munich survivor's part in the club's history will be forever remembered. He netted twice in the emotional European Cup triumph over Benfica in 1968.

"I think Sir Bobby has to go up top," was Jesse's verdict.


The man who surpassed Sir Bobby's appearance record, going on to register an incredible 963 games, and, quite simply, the most decorated player in English football. A Champions League winner in 1999 and 2008, he has 13 Premier League winners' medals, and also lifted the FA Cup four times.

"Ryan Giggs is one of the best players ever at this football club," was Scott's opinion of the ex-Wales international.

Jesse had to make the tough call to leave out his good friend Marcus Rashford!

"Marcus won’t be happy with you, Jess," commented Scott. "I’m not getting involved!"

Rashford had to settle for a place among the substitutes, along with Phil Neville, Michael Clegg, Nicky Butt and Darren Fletcher.

"I think Marcus will be disappointed but, when he wins the Premier League, he can get in," added Scott.

Do you agree with the choices? Listen to the UTD Podcast to hear the lads explain their choices in more detail.

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