5 Famous Manchester United academy graduates
Manchester United boasts of the best youth academy in the Premier League. It has produced legends such as Duncan Edwards, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Nobby Stiles, Mark Hughes & Johnny Giles, all of whom are part of the English Football Hall of Fame. United have won the FA Youth Cup 10 times out of the 14 finals that they have competed in.
The youth academy was established in 1998 but its foundation was already laid in the 1930s when the Manchester United Juinor Athletic Club (MUJAC) was formed. Under the managerial reign of Sir Alex Ferguson, the youth academy blossomed to give a new era of homegrown talents.
Let's take a look at five of the most famous Manchester United academy graduates of the recent era.
Before we start, I want to include a few honorable mentions such as Paul Pogba, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Marcus Rashford & John O'Shea.
#5 Wes Brown
Brown joined the United academy in 1992 when he was just 12 years old. In 1998 he made his first senior club appearance for United at the age of 18 while being an occasional member of the 1998-99 treble-winning side.
However, soon after his debut season Brown suffered a string of injuries that kept him out of the game for an entire year. Brown was shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year. But lost out to a young Steven Gerrard.
After returning from his year-long injury in 2000, Brown became a prominent feature in the United squad. In the next eight years, he won four more Premier League titles, a League Cup, FA Cup and another Champions League.
Had injuries not plagued his career, Brown would have been the defender that Sir Alex Ferguson once tipped him to be. After serving the club for 15 long years, Brown was finally allowed to leave for Sunderland.
From there he ventured on to Blackburn Rovers. To keep his footballing affairs alive, in 2017 Brown signed with the Kerala Blasters. He last played as a defender for them in the Indian Super League and is yet to announce his retirement.