Man Utd’s greatest youth products ranked, featuring Beckham, Scholes & Rashford
David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Marcus Rashford, George Best and Bobby Charlton feature in list of Man Utd’s best ever youth products.
Manchester United’s youth system is legendary.
Their FA Cup final clash with Man City on the weekend will be their 4,208th successive match featuring a youth product and that record is set to continue for the foreseeable future.
So many world-class players have come through Manchester United’s academy during that time.
But who is the greatest of the lot?
Oliver Holt of theThe Daily Mailhas ranked the club’s 11 greatest academy products since its creation in 1878.
The list is full of legendary names and you can view it below…
11. Gary Neville
Neville established himself as one of the greatest right-backs of his generation during an illustrious 19-year spell with United.
He played 602 times for United between 1992-2011 and helped them to 21 trophies.
Scholes’ technical ability was ridiculous. The fact he’s 10th on the list shows just how incredible United’s youth academy has been and still is.
Rashford makes the top 10 despite being just 25. He has gone from strength-to-strength in the 2022/23 season and could well go on to establish himself as one of United’s greatest ever players.
8. Norman Whiteside
Whiteside burst onto the scene in 1982 when he made his debut for United at the age of just 16. He was a key player for the club throughout the 1980s.
Unfortunately injuries took its toll and he was sold to Everton in 1989. He retired two years later at the age of just 26.
Perhaps a controversial selection in the top 10. Pogba possesses extraordinary talent but is wildly inconsistent.
6. David Beckham
Perhaps the greatest set-piece taker of all-time. Beckham scored 85 times in 394 matches before making the €37 million move to Real Madrid in 2003.
5. Nobby Stiles
Stiles made 395 appearances for United and was part of their European Cup winning side in 1968. He also featured for England in their World Cup triumph two years prior.
4. Ryan Giggs
Giggs is one of the most decorated players of all-time, having helped United to an incredible 35 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles.
He turned out 963 times for United, a club record by some distance.
3. Duncan Edwards
Bobby Charlton said of Edwards, per the Mirror: “I feel terrible trying to explain to people just how good Duncan was. I felt I could compare with any player – except Duncan. He didn’t have a fault in his game.
“He was a giant. He is the one person I felt inferior to. I’ve never known anyone so gifted, so strong and with such a presence.”
Edwards made his debut for United in 1953 at the age of just 16. He made 177 appearances for the club before sadly passing away five years later in The Munich air disaster.
2. Bobby Charlton
Charlton is considered one of the best Man United players ever and perhaps the greatest English footballer of all-time.
The 1966 Ballon d’Or winner scored 249 times in 758 games and helped the club to seven trophies.