Kenny Dalglish on Leeds United's 1993 Youth Cup side

Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish recalls the Leeds United and Manchester United youth sides of 2003.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has been casting his mind back to a Youth Cup clash 22 years ago, speaking to The Mirror

The Scotsman brought up the clash between Manchester United and Leeds United's youngsters back in 1993 in reference to Chelsea winning the FA Youth Cup this year, for the second year in a row.

Dalglish says the biggest challenge Chelsea face is getting their young talent into the first team, which has so far eluded them.

The famed former player and manager says Leeds are one team who he recounts not getting their Youth Cup winning youngsters through.

He said: "I remember the FA Youth Cup final back in 1993 between Leeds and Manchester United.

"A year or so later the Red Devils had five or six players through to the first team, including Gary Neville.

"Leeds had just one playing first-team football. The Yorkshire side actually won the trophy that year. But United won the biggest trophy. They got their players through."

The 1993 Leeds team beat Manchester United 4-1 over two legs, and featured striker Noel Whelan. Another who did make the first team, only briefly was Andy Couzens.

Couzens told the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier this year: "For us at Leeds it was a case of wrong place wrong time with managers and so on and it just didn’t happen for us."

Kenny Dalglish did not mention however the 1997 Leeds United Youth Cup winning team, which beat Crystal Palace.

That side featured Jonathan Woodgate, Paul Robinson, and Harry Kewell, who each went onto become key first team players through a fantastic stretch for the club, during which they reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Today's Leeds team also boast many talented young players, with Lewis Cook already good enough for the first team at 17, leaving the under-18 ranks of Youth Cup competition behind.

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