Manchester United could see a repeat of the “Class of ’92,” according to the club’s head of academy, Nicky Butt.
In 1992, United produced a number of talented youngsters who went on to be mainstays in the side, helping the club lift a memorable Treble in 1999.
Butt was part of a crop of players which also included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and brothers Phil and Gary Neville.
“The ‘Class of ’92’ can be done again,” Butt told M.E.N Sport. “Ability wise it definitely can be done again because some of these boys are better than I was when I was 16. They have so much more ability.
“The talent is there so it can be done again. There is no reason why it cannot. I would be really proud if it does. I’d love it to happen again.
“It is a bit like the Treble season it can be done again but everything has to be right, the timing, the players, the manager.
“It is our job and the club’s job to make to happen and do it again. I was always confident the club could it again. I wouldn’t have taken the job otherwise.”
Marcus Rashford, 18, has made a stunning impact since being promoted from the club’s youth team, scoring six goals in 13 Premier League appearances.
And Butt added: “No chance are we going away from trying to recruit locally as well. You just never know because each season brings up different possibilities.
“This year for instance in our under-12s, you’d normally take 14 players but it was such a good year we have brought in 22. That has never been done before. We had to bring in another staff member to deal with that year.”