Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has had a jovial dig at some of his former Class of 92 teammates, labelling Paul Scholes dry and David Beckham cocky.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the Welshman was asked to describe some of his ex-teammates in just one word.
He needed two to describe former captain Gary Neville, declaring that the current Valencia boss was always right.
Neville’s brother Phil was described as bubbly, while midfielder Nicky Butt was handed the title of funny.
But while Giggs may have enjoyed having a cheeky dig at some old friends, he insists that developing young players is still an important part of United’s identity.
He added: “I think it will always be part of the club’s philosophy. It’s part of the history, it’s what sets us apart from other teams. Yes we can bring world-class players in from around the world but we want one of our own to be performing on that Old Trafford pitch, whether it’s a centre-forward, a winger, a defender… we need players to come through the ranks. That’s a massive part of the United history.”
The goal-scoring heroics of local lad Marcus Rashford in the Manchester derby last week will have left many with renewed optimism that United are still capable of producing great players.
But Giggs, who is now the assistant manager to boss Louis van Gaal, admits that the breadth of talent to come through the ranks at Old Trafford in 1992 is unlikely to ever be topped.
“It’s a great story!," he added. "You can get one or two players coming through every couple of years but to have six players who were not only team-mates but friends, and had been friends since they were 12/13 years old, and 20 years later had played so many games for the club and shared so many great moments, and still to do this day are great friends… it’s an unbelievable story. It doesn’t happen very often.
“It takes us back a little bit to the Busby Babes - that was a similar story when so many players and friends came through and secured their place in the first team.
“It doesn’t happen very often and when it does it feels special and it was definitely a special time for all of us.”