Manchester United legend Gary Neville says the iconic ‘you don’t win anything with kids’ quote perfectly summaries the current situation at Old Trafford.
Back in the mid-1990s, Alan Hansen’s famously stated, after an opening day defeat at Aston Villa, that Sir Alex Ferguson had taken the wrong approach in putting his faith in youth.
That spectacularly backfired on the former Liverpool defender, with the class of ’92 helping the Red Devils become one of the most dominant forces in Europe, let along England, with Neville an integral part of that.
Neville, who won eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups and one European Cup during a 19-year spell at the Red Devils, can not see a repeat of that when it comes to the club’s class of 2019/20 – claiming Hansen had a valid point back then.
He told The Gary Neville Podcast: “I’ve said many times that Alan Hansen was right, you don’t win anything with kids.
“The Class of ’92 didn’t win that Premier League title. We had Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, Brian McClair and Peter Schmeichel.
“We had world-class performers and two of the best centre-backs ever.”
“I pointed out on Sunday at the £900m that has been spent in the last seven or eight years, and there’s nothing left of it really.
“There are the bones of a squad, some young players from the academy that haven’t cost that money.
“Potentially David de Gea, who is struggling. There’s Harry Maguire but there’s a lot more rebuilding to do.”