Football - Class of '92 united in belief Moyes' men can emulate greats

December 2, 2013 3:52 PM

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Football - Class of '92 united in belief Moyes' men can emulate greats

The six players who "inspired a generation" believe that the current Manchester United squad can replicate the success of the Class of '92.

It's funny to think how six players who started their careers together and enjoyed tremendous success in one of the finest sides to grace the game for the most part ended up living very different lives.

It would be foolish to think that their United allegiance, reputation amongst the club's faithful and the fact they are 'fans' has nothing to do with their views on current affairs at a club for which they have spent a combined total of 105 years playing for.

However, the six players have an unwavering faith in those who have since replaced them within the United ranks – Giggs, who recently passed his 40th birthday, being the exception as he remains a United employee.

“It would obviously be great to see it happen again,” Beckham told Eurosport-Yahoo! in front of thousands of adoring fans at The Class of ‘92 premiere.

“Obviously Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and they have a very good group of talented players there and I hope they can go on to be successful.

“David Moyes will be given the time to succeed at Manchester United because he is a fantastic man and a great manager. The players will get to know him and they are gelling with him already. There's no reason why they can't go on to be as successful as we were.”

Butt, who was a key figure for the Red Devils during their golden period, has gone from playing with The Class of ’92 to coaching the next generation of United players. The Gorton-born star was a fulcrum in the midfield that won the Champions League in 1999 – especially in the final without the suspended pair of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane – and knew at a young age that a career in coaching awaited him following his retirement.

Throughout his time as United boss, Ferguson urged a select few to take their coaching badges – a 24-year-old Butt amongst them – and invited the World Cup quarter-finalist to help out at the training ground during the manager’s final year in charge.

Ferguson’s successor has since appointed Butt as the coach of the Under-19s who play in the UEFA Youth League, a team Butt believes has a promising future.

“I think that there are a lot of young, talented players there,” said Butt.

“It could be difficult to get six through at the same time again, like we did. We were fortunate to have a manager give us all a chance and, as the old saying goes, 'either you sink or you swim', and fortunately we all swam.”

And though Butt is in charge of nurturing the future stars of United, the former midfield general is happy with the youngsters in the first-team squad at present and believes they could go on to lift the Premier League this term, despite Moyes’ side trailing league leaders Arsenal by nine points.

“I think (Adnan) Januzaj, (Danny) Welbeck and (Tom) Cleverley could play in any team in Europe. The three of them are top class players but they need a bit of time to get over the fact that there's a new manager and coaches, but hopefully they'll come through,” Butt continued.

“Christmas time is the most important time of the season and we'll see if these players are ready to win the league in January.”

Manchester United lie eighth in the Premier League table with just six wins from their opening 13 games, but Giggs believes it’s just a matter of time before the Reds turn around their fortunes.

“It's strange (that we’re not higher up the table). I think we're unbeaten in 11 or 12 games now, so we're nearly there. It's just that we're drawing too many games,” admitted United’s longest-serving player.

“We need to turn those draws into wins. We need to keep doing what we're doing and, whether it be luck or good form, we'll get there in the end.”

All signs point to the contrary at present, but there is hope that Moyes’ Class of ‘13 can reach the dizzy heights of their most famous predecessors and become the next group of players to “inspire a generation.”


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