Class of '92 too hard to replicate in modern game, says Manchester United legend

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt says managers in today's game aren't afforded enough time to build something like Sir Alex Ferguson did at Old Trafford.

Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt believes it would prove tremendously difficult with the win-now mind-set of modern football to replicate the club’s famed “Class of ’92”.

Along with David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Phil Neville, Butt was one of six names in 1992 FA Youth Cup-winning side who would go on to become club legends under Sir Alex Ferguson, their silverware-laden success together defining the Scot’s remarkable tenure at Old Trafford.

With the 1999 treble-winning season proving the pinnacle, their contributions to United would prove just reward for the club’s faith and patience in its own cultivated talent but Butt, who has coached the under-19 side in recent months and now forms part of new boss Louis van Gaal’s staff, is sceptical a similar team could emerge again.

‘It is possible -- there are a lot of great young players out there,’ the ex-England international said.

‘But we just need to give them a chance. We had a manager in charge and a club that believed in that, but it is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly.

‘Owners that come in don't necessarily know a lot about football -- they just know a lot about business, unfortunately. But that's the way football is. People don't have the foresight to wait and see.

‘To be fair, managers come in now and why should they go four or five nights a week looking at academies when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards?

‘I think good lads, top players, will still come through. But whether you will get five or six through together is something I doubt.

‘We played together since we were 12, 13. To prepare lads to come through takes a lot of patience and a good owner to say to a manager 'We are going to give you time and stand by you.

‘Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it doesn't happen now.’

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