Manchester United’s famous Class of 92 basically refers to stars from the 1992 squad that won the FA Youth Cup Final a quarter of a century ago. United downed Crystal Palace 6-3 in the two-legged affair by winning 3-1 down in London and 3-2 back at Old Trafford. Eleven players and two substitutes played in the final match with six of them typically being referred to as the Class of 92.
These players were David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes and they were the focus of the Class of 92 movie which was released in 2013. This list focuses on what those half dozen players are doing now and it also features coaches Brian Kidd and Eric Harrison as well as a couple of other players in Robbie Savage and Keith Gillespie who went on to star in the English Premier League, although not with Man United.
10. Eric Harrison
Former youth team coach Eric Harrison is now almost 80 and enjoyed a professional footballing career in the lower divisions of England from 1957 to 1972. He got into coaching after hanging up his boots and was hired by Man United in 1981 after he left Everton. Harrison became the boss of United’s youth squad and was tasked with developing them into senior stars.
Alex Ferguson took over the first team at Old Trafford in 1986 and one of his best early decisions was retaining Harrison’s services. He obviously worked his magic with the Class of 92, but it’s sad to say he now suffers from dementia and had to miss the team’s 25th anniversary celebrations this year. However, the Class of 92 all went to pay Harrison a visit at his Halifax home this summer. After leaving United, Harrison worked for the Welsh national team as well as Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town and the David Beckham Academy. In total, Harrison coached 18 players who went on to play internationally.
9. Brian Kidd
Another one of the youth team’s coaches was former playing star Brian Kidd. The 68-year-old native of Manchester enjoyed a pro career as a forward from 1967 to 1984 with Man United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Everton, and Bolton before heading to the U.S. to play in the NASL. Kidd banged in 215 career club goals and scored once in his two appearances for England.
He entered the world of coaching after retiring and has worked with both Manchester clubs as well as Blackburn, Leeds, Sheffield United, Portsmouth and England. Kidd worked with United from 1988 to 1998 and is currently with Man City after joining the blue side of Manchester in 2009. With the way Man City has started the current 2017/18 season, it doesn’t look like Kidd will be leaving the Premier league-leading club anytime soon.
8. Keith Gillespie
Former Northern Ireland international Keith Gillespie came on as a substitute in Man United’s Youth Cup triumph of 1992 and went on to enjoy a fine Premier League and international career. Gillespie stayed with United until January 1995 then joined Newcastle United. He played just nine times for Man United’s senior squad between 1993 and 1995 and bagged one goal. The winger played pro until 2013 with stints at clubs such as Wigan, Blackburn, Leicester, Sheffield United, Charlton, Glentoran and Longford Town.
He also scored a pair of goals in 86 matches with Northern Ireland, making him the sixth-most capped player in the nation’s history. Things didn’t go too well for the 42-year-old after retiring as he declared bankruptcy in 2010. Gillespie released his autobiography a few years later and claimed he lost more than £7 million due to gambling. The book was a success and Gillespie got into after-dinner speaking and guest punditry before opening the One Two Agency, where he now acts as a player agent.
7. Robbie Savage
Another less famous member of the Class of 92 was former Welsh international midfielder Robbie Savage. The 43-year-old left Old Trafford in 1994 and went on to play until 2011 with clubs such as Crewe Alexandra, Leicester City, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, and Brighton & Hove Albion. He also managed to score twice in 39 contests with Wales.
Due to his high number of yellow and red cards Savage was often compared to his last name and typically thought of as a somewhat dirty and controversial player. Even so, he now works as a football pundit at the BBC. He’s appeared on several reality-type television shows in the UK such as Strictly Come Dancing. Savage also recently revealed that he suffers from mental health issues and anxiety attacks.
6. Nicky Butt
Although former midfielder Nicky Butt left Old Trafford in 2004, he’s now back with his hometown club. He made 387 appearances with United, 173 with Newcastle, and 29 with Birmingham (on loan) before retiring in 2011. He wrapped up his career with just over a dozen games in Asia. Butt was quite underrated as a player and also earned 39 caps for England.
He returned to Old Trafford in the fall of 2012 to help coach the reserve team. Four years later he was appointed as the youth academy’s head coach and also served as an assistant manager for interim boss Ryan Giggs in 2014 when manager David Moyes was sacked. Along with former Class of 92 teammates Giggs, Scholes and the Neville brothers, Butt became an owner of lower league team Salford City in 2014. They then sold 50 per cent of the club to Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim.
5. Phil Neville
Former defender Phil Neville always stood in the shadow of his older brother Gary, but still had a fine Premier League and international career. In fact, his 505 appearances in the EPL rank ninth all-time. Neville played with Man United until 2005 then joined Everton until 2013. The 40-year-old also appeared in 59 internationals with England.
Neville is now a co-owner of Salford City and a commentator with Sky Sports in the U.K. He returned to Old Trafford in 2013 as first team coach when David Moyes was hired as manager. However, he was let go when Louis van Gaal took over as boss in July 2014. Neville joined the BBC as a pundit, but left in 2015 for an assistant coaching job with Spanish club Valencia. A year later he left Spain and joined Sky Sports. Neville’s name often comes up when there are coaching vacancies and he may soon land one of them.
4. Gary Neville
Like his brother Phil, Gary Neville is also a commentator with Sky Sports. He played his entire pro career from 1992 to 2011 with Man United and represented England 85 times. He joined Sky shortly after retiring, but then became interested in coaching and managing. The 42-year-old native of Bury was United’s skipper for five years and won 20 pieces of silverware with the Old Trafford outfit.
The former right-back served as assistant manager with England’s national senior team from 2012 to 2016 and then spent several months as manager of Spanish side Valencia (with brother Phil helping out). Gary returned to Sky Sports in 2016/17 after Valencia sacked him. He’s also co-owner of Salford City, writes a newspaper column for a Maltese newspaper, and is in the hotel business with Ryan Giggs.
3. Paul Scholes
Guess what Paul Scholes does these days? If you said he’s a co-owner of Salford City and works as a television pundit, then you’re bang on the money. The 42-year-old’s pro career lasted from 1993 to 2013 with every one of his 718 club games being for United. He originally retired after the 2010/11 campaign, but rejoined the team for one last season in 2012/13 after sitting out a year.
Scholes was known as a brilliant goalscoring and playmaking midfielder, but couldn’t make a tackle if his life depended on it. He was one of United and England’s greatest players who appeared in 66 international matches for his homeland. Scholes helped Ryan Giggs out when he became interim manager of United in 2014 and also got into television commentary the same year. You can enjoy his insight on ITV and BT Sport.
2. Ryan Giggs
Former Wales and Man United legend Ryan Giggs played his entire career from 1990 to 2014 at Old Trafford, but actually spent some of his youth years at Manchester City. He’s the most decorated player in EPL history due to the numerous winners’ medals he won, and also captained his squad several times. The 43-year-old also managed to appear in 64 games with Wales and set several milestones and records during his club career, such as 271 Premier League assists.
Giggs became United’s player-coach in 2013 when David Moyes took over as manager and then became interim player-manager for the last four matches of the season when Moyes was given the boot about 10 months later. He remained as assistant manager when Louis van Gaal was hired as the new boss, but left when Jose Mourinho took over in July 2016. Giggs is another co-owner of Salford City and is in the hotel business with Gary Neville, but technically he’s out of work at the moment. He could end up managing a Premier League team soon though.
1. David Beckham
There’s no doubt David Beckham is the most famous of the Class of 92 and for good reason. He was an excellent player who showed off his skills from 1992 to 2013 with Man United, Real Madrid, Preston North End, Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain. He was a player who could do it all and those skills resulted in numerous personal and team awards and titles. And let’s not forget he played 115 times for England too.
But for all Beckham achieved on the pitch, he’s just as famous off of it and it’s not because he married Posh Spice. The 42-year-old multi-millionaire has dabbled in modeling, acting, and advertising since retiring and has been an ambassador for UNICEF since 2005. The fashion and cultural icon’s latest venture has been trying to start up an MLS expansion team in Miami, but he’s hit a roadblock when it comes to securing a plan for a new soccer stadium in the city. If he can sort that out, he’ll be the proud owner of Miami United (or whatever they end up calling themselves).