Monday 26 September 2016

What happened to Manchester United's Class of 92?

Published 16/02/2016 | 12:29

Here is a look at one of the widely acclaimed FA Youth Cup winning side of 1992.

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Kevin Pilkington

Goalkeeper left United in 1998 after a six-year stint and never made it to the big time, flitting between lower league sides including Port Vale, Mansfield Town and Luton. Now in his second spell at Notts County where he balances being a player – at the age of 41 – as well as goalkeeping coach.

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John O’Kane

Defender also left Old Trafford in ’98 - following a series of loan spells - to join Howard Kendall’s Everton. He only managed 14 games in three years at Goodison before joining Bolton in 1999. O’Kane ended his career at non-league Hyde United and retired in 2006.

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George Switzer

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Left United’s Youth Cup winning side a year later to join Darlington after Sir Alex Ferguson deemed the Salford-born defender too small to play at left-back. Spells at Hyde United and Salford followed before he quit the game while at AFC Monton in 2013. Outside of football, Switzer has worked as an optical technician and a courier driver.

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Chris Casper

Another player to leave United in ’98, injury forced defender to end his career while at Reading in 2000 at just 24-years-old. A move into management followed and when he was appointed at League Two side Bury, he was the youngest manager in the top four tiers at the time. His rein lasted three years before he took up backroom roles at Bradford and Grimsby. He is now a club support manager for the Premier League.

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Gary Neville

Hung up his boots in 2011 after spending an entire playing career at United. Embarked on a highly-respected media career before turning his attention to management with Valencia. Finally won his first La Liga match at the 10th time of asking to relieve some of the pressure on the also England assistant coach and Salford joint-owner’s shoulders.

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David Beckham

Is more likely to be seen these days catching balls from the stands at Wimbledon, cheering on wife Victoria and kids at one of her fashion shows or getting his body covered in further artwork. He also is an ambassador for Unicef and Malaria No More while runs his own charity, the Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust.

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Nicky Butt

Finished his playing career abroad playing for South China after spells at Birmingham (loan) and Newcastle following his Old Trafford departure in 2004. Returned to United in 2012 as coach for reserve team. Has now been appointed United’s academy manager – a position vacated by Brian McClair last year.

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Simon Davies

Is currently assisting Patrick Vieira with United’s arch rivals City and their under-21s team following a seven-year stint at Chester City where he was demoted to youth team manager following an unsuccessful spell as first-team boss. Left United in ’97 but was another to flit around the lower leagues with a number of football league clubs and Welsh clubs.

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Colin McKee

Ended his playing days in 2001 aged 27 after a season with Scottish club Fauldhouse United. Only made one appearance for Man Utd after the Youth Cup success and left the club in ’94. Enjoyed his best spell as a pro at Kilmarnock for the next three years but then became something of a journeyman changing clubs most summers.

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Robbie Savage

You’ve probably heard of him being half of a programme called ‘Fletch and Sav’ on BT. If not, where have you been? ‘Sav’ also undertakes many other popular media duties on TV and radio having retired while at Derby in 2011.

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Ben Thornley

Midfielder promised so much, but injuries curbed his developed and when he left Old Trafford in 1998 he had only made nine league appearances in five years. Returned back to the club six years ago when his playing days ended to take up hospitality role.

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Ryan Giggs

Remains assistant to under-pressure Louis van Gaal for United’s first-team but his longer-term future is in doubt with Jose Mourinho expected to take over the reins. Those close to the Welshman have suggested he will quit the club if he is not offered the top job in the summer to find a full-time managerial role elsewhere.

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Keith Gillespie

Was a second-half substitute in the second leg of United's Youth Cup winning side, has battled with gambling addiction throughout his playing career which saw him declared legally bankrupt in 2010. His autobiography 'How Not To Be A Football Millionaire' chartered his rise and fall. Ended his playing days scratching to make a living with League of Ireland First Division side Longford Town.

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