Listed below are ten former Manchester United academy players who went on to have successful careers after leaving the club.


Listed below are ten former Manchester United academy players who went on to have successful careers after leaving the club.

Manchester United’s Class of ’92 is still considered one of the most elite groups of academy graduates in the world, although not every academy graduate has created a name for themselves at United and has gone on to find success elsewhere.

Manchester United is one of the most well-known clubs in the world, yet a ticket from their youth system does not ensure success.

While United has a long history of developing players from the youth ranks to achieve great success in the first squad, some kids will inevitably fall between the cracks.

The best example is United’s Class of ’92, when a collection of young upstarts powered the club to the Premier League title.

But there’s a Gerard Pique for every Paul Scholes.

Brinkwire Sport is looking at ten former United academy players who have gone on to have successful careers elsewhere.

There’s nothing like a contentious start to a list, and while Paul Pogba returned to United in 2016, there’s no denying he was at his finest in Turin.

Pogba joined United’s academy from Le Harve in 2009, but had only three first-team appearances by the time he left in 2012.

Sir Alex Ferguson blamed Pogba’s superagent Mino Raiola for his free transfer departure.

However, Pogba’s performance at Juventus was so impressive that United decided to break the global record in order to bring him back to Old Trafford.

Who is United’s greatest academy graduate of all time? Let us know what you think in the comments area. Danny Drinkwater continues to play for Chelsea, however he does not have a squad number and is now on loan at Championship side Reading.

Drinkwater is probably reminiscing about his glory days at Leicester City, when he was one of England’s top midfielders for a brief while.

Claudio Ranieri’s success in the 1617 campaign was largely due to the Englishman’s contribution, yet he was originally signed by Leicester after United released him.

Drinkwater was at United for over a decade without making a single first-team appearance.

Michael Keane, who was born in Stockport, spent ten years at Manchester United, four of them as a first-team player.

Keane, on the other hand, only made one Premier League appearance during his time at United.

Keane found his feet after a loan transfer to Burnley, and after being made permanent, he was nominated for the 2017 Young PFA Player of the Year.

Keane has earned England caps and is now a constant fixture at the heart of Everton’s defense.

When United signed a 17-year-old in 2004, they were taking a risk. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.


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