Manchester United's 20 Best Teen Sensations

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Manchester United's 20 Best Teen Sensations
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Manchester United's celebration of youth dates back to at least the 1950s. Sir Matt Busby then, and Sir Alex Ferguson now, have been responsible for the development of some world class players who became the bedrock of the club's success.

That pattern seems likely to continue into the future, whether coming through the Academy or being bought in at a tender age.

Yes it's going to be harder to break into the team because of the imperative of winning every game. That won't get any easier when a new manager comes along. But they will still be required to continue United's tradition of producing and developing their own talented players.

In this article we're going to cheat slightly because everyone will have their favourites. One person's sensation is another's squad player.

So we'll include some who were a sensation when they first appeared and those who had rich promise that was ultimately fulfilled.

The list covers every era since the 1950s, mainly because it was much harder for a young talent to break in before Sir Matt Busby's days.

They will be in some sort of order, culminating with the best, but with one exception. The first slide commemorates some of the most talented players United ever had who were victims of the Munich air disaster.

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