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81 Years Ago, Man Utd Named An Academy Graduate In Their Matchday Squad - And They've Done So Ever Since

81 Years Ago, Man Utd Named An Academy Graduate In Their Matchday Squad - And They've Done So Ever Since

Manchester United have always outlined the importance of youth.

On this day in 1938, the club named an academy graduate in their matchday squad and ever since, they have fielded at least one in every single game.

It really is an incredible record that pays testament to the football club.

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From the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville to the new generation of stars, like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, this 3,937 game tradition has stood the test of time.

Sir Alex Ferguson, in particular, pushed the emergence of youth, especially when he brought the now-famous Class Of '92 into English football's top flight when many doubted his decision *cough* Alan Hansen *cough*.

United's record with home grown talent may never again reach the glory days of the Class of '92, but they still know a thing or two about producing top quality youngsters.

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Former United youth coach Paul McGuinness was one of those people to push through the very best talent at Old Trafford, and he has tipped one player to reach the heights of your David Beckham's and Ryan Giggs'.

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16-year-old Angel Gomes may be one of the most exciting Old Trafford prodigies of his generation, with McGuinness offering him the highest of praise.

"I suppose that's our country. People doubt players if they're short in stature but no-one is doubting Andres Iniesta or David Silva. He's got the potential to be that type of player and, in England, you just don't get many players like that.

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"If you play him with better players, he'll get better himself and create chances for them. You don't want to build him up too soon but I'm sure they'll handle all that at United.".

If United continue to field an academy graduate for the next 63 games, the magic 4000 matches will be hit.

What an achievement.

Topics: Academy, Football News, Football, Manchester United, Old Trafford

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.