When United lost their opening game of the season against Aston Villa in 1995, Alan Hansen famously said “you’ll never win anything with kids.” He was forced to eat his words at the end of that season when United’s team of kids won the Double.
Making up a team of young, local lads goes through the history of United, proving to be successful for Sir Matt Busby in the 1950s and 60s. With thoughts turning to the Munich Air Disaster, as the 50th anniversary draws ever closer, Ryan Giggs reflects on how important youthful players have been to the club in the past and present.
“There’s a link because a group of players came through at the same time and all got into the first team at such a young age,” said Giggs. “The Busby Babes won the FA Youth Cup five times on the trot which in this day and age is unbelievable. But there are so many things that are relevant to us today. While our generation won it just once a number of players went on to play not only for United but for our countries as well.”