The class of 2011 won the FA Youth Cup for Manchester United for the 10th time, this is the
story of that triumph told by those who were there
No club has won the FA Youth Cup on more occasions than Manchester United.
From ‘the Busby Babes’ to the ‘Class of ‘92’, United’s reputation for producing supremely talented young players via their academy is almost unmatched.
However, May 23 will mark 10 years since the Red Devils last lifted a trophy they have won a total of 10 times. Chelsea have become the dominant force in the competition, while Liverpool and Manchester City have also tasted success in recent years.
A decade ago, though, it was United’s players celebrating on the Old Trafford turf after beating Sheffield United in the final. A team that contained Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison and Jesse Lingard, among others, were the best Under-18s side in the land.
It is a team that has already produced a World Cup winner in Pogba as well as three players with England call-ups to their name, but what made them such a special team?
Goal has spoken to members of the squad and coaching staff to get the inside story of United’s last great youth side.