Will We Ever See A Class Of '92 Again At United?

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 08 September 2015, 15:46

The Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) suggests Man Utd will never take the risk again of putting in a relatively untried manager like they did with Ferguson and giving him the longevity needed to succeed...

Louis van Gaal

MANCHESTER UNITED fans love to gush about the famous 'Class of '92' when for a time their club was the academy of football.

But soon the names of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt will become as sepia-tinted as Bobby Charlton's for the real football factory which produced some of the greatest names in the game looks like closing down.

It would be difficult for anyone to reproduce the stream of talent that Man Utd did in the early 90s of course but since those days of 'Fergie's Fledglings' football and in particular the club has changed.

Louis Van Gaal has already declared that his current job as manager of the biggest club in England will be his last.

At 64 he is already planning for retirement and while he is also planning to build a great team at Old Trafford, he isn't interested in the long term future.

And why should he be? Van Gaal is now acting like most other managers in the English Premier League and buying for the here and now.

Football has changed so much that even the titans like Manchester United are not immune to the incredible pressure and impatience that is the hallmark of our modern national game.

Van Gaal is getting on a bit and when he arrived just over a year ago he spent his first season looking in from the outside at The Champions League with his team not involved in Europe in any shape or form.

Even for a club with a capacity of 70,000 odd in their stadium and who sign a kit deal worth�750million - twice that of Real Madrid - no European football is a huge drag on the finances and sets the alarm bells ringing that can be heard in every department of the club.

But it sounds loudest in areas like the academy where investing in long term prospects is usually the first thing to go in the pursuit of instant glory. Just ask Chelsea and their 30 plus players on loan, most of whom will see less of Stamford Bridge than you or I.

Why on earth would Van Gaal spend time and money preparing the ground for his predecessor?

No one would thank him if the next Man Utd manager regained the famous Treble of 1999 with players that Van Gaal set on the road to stardom.

You can see it already. Man Utd youth team product James Wilson played 17 times for the first team last season but now only made headlines with stories about a possible loan move.

If a 19-year-old who is ready to be unleashed on senior football can be overlooked so abruptly, what does that mean for the rough diamonds only just starting out on the path to supposed glory?

Hence, we get the signings of the summer where Antony Martial, the 36 million teenager is considered a 'prospect' - when in fact he is already a fully fledged France international with the experience of two professional clubs behind him.

Memphis Depay, Sebastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian; these are the new names that will replace Beckham, Scholes, Neville, Giggs and Butt in the Old Trafford Hall of Fame.

Manchester United fans love to boast about those heroes of yesterday and love to sing that 'we do what we want'.

But sadly, Man Utd just do what everyone else does now.


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