Manchester United Have Named An Academy Graduate In Their Squad For Last 82 Years
Manchester United have named an academy graduate in every single one of their games in the last 82 years.
Today marks the 82nd anniversary of the run beginning with an academy graduate being picked on October 30 1937.
Since then, United have played 3991 matches and have included an academy player in every single squad.
:date: 82 Years Ago Today:- SPORF (@Sporf) October 30, 2019
:baby: An academy graduate was named in the @ManUtd first team squad.
:date: 82 Years On:
:red_circle: @ManUtd have named an academy graduate in the first team squad for 3,991 consecutive matches since.
:raised_hands: Always keeping traditions. pic.twitter.com/BL9PM2FZOk
It's a truly astonishing record and it shows how important bringing through academy players is to the club's tradition.
Iconic figures of yesteryear to progress through the academy include Sir Bobby Charlton as well as George Best, both of whom are regarded as two of the best of all time.
Another crop of iconic youngsters for 'The Red Devils' however are the Class Of 92 under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sir Alex Ferguson on the Class of '92:- UtdArena. (@utdarena) October 24, 2019
"The secret was based on the development of their character - they feared nothing. So, coming into the first team with me was a cakewalk for them. They just sailed through it - absolutely no problem. They had old heads on young shoulders." pic.twitter.com/UgDH8bjnte
The key players of that crop included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary & Phil Neville as well as Nicky Butt.
The six Brits managed to define an era at Old Trafford, being given influential roles at such young ages.
It prompted Match Of The Day pundit Alan Hansen to coin the unforgettable 'you'll never win anything with kids' line.
Within a few years, they had conquered England by winning all available trophies as well as the UEFA Champions League in the treble winning season.
Giggs went on to become United's highest ever appearance maker and even had a few games as interim manager.
Although United are currently going through some troubling times, it looks as if current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is turning to the academy in his time of need.
Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard & Scott McTominay have become influential figures in the United team over the last few years.
A new crop of youngsters are also beginning to find their way into the first team.
Some standouts include James Garner and Brandon Williams, as well as 18-year-old sensation Mason Greenwood.
Players such as Axel Tuanzebe, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes are also used by Solskjaer.
It looks likely that United's 82 year run is set to continue with the consistent stream of talent coming through at Carrington.
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