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Aug
19

Can Anderson top the Class of 2011?

With Ryan Giggs the only remaining member of Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’, Alex Ferguson has announced a desire to ‘begin anew’, by focussing on the development of younger players, such as the Frenchman, Paul Pogba, and midfield duo, Anderson Oliveira and Tom Cleverley. “I’m happy with the youngsters I’ve got here”, Ferguson said, earlier this month.

The news could be seen as an admission of defeat by Ferguson. Dutch player, Wesley Sneijder, who had been strongly-linked with the Reds for much of July, has proven a difficult catch for the Scotsman. Falling back on United’s admittedly stellar cast of youngsters could be Fergie’s way of sending a clear message to Sneijder – ‘we didn’t need you, anyway’.

However, United’s youngsters have a lot to learn before they can hope to be painted with the same brush as Giggs’ Class of 92.

‘Fergie’s Fledglings’, as the squad were otherwise known, were one of the better sides to stalk the pitch at Old Trafford, consisting of players that went on to dominate the game, namely, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, the Neville brothers, and Ryan Giggs. Those who follow the Champions League football betting will know these players formed the spine of a side that took on all comers.

The side secured the Double (League and FA Cup) for United, in 1996, and then the Treble (League, FA Cup, and Champions League), in 1999.

Whether United’s new breed of starlets can ascend to the same heights as Beckham and Giggs is debatable, but Anderson Oliveira, better known as simply, Anderson, believes that he already has the potential to excel at Old Trafford. “I am still young. If I am physically well, and if I want to, I can be a great player.”

However, some United fans, while admitting that Anderson is talented, have been staunch critics of the 23-year-old’s consistency on the ball. Fans of Betfair Carling Cup betting will be keeping a close eye on him to see if he can make this his breakthrough season.

Tom Cleverley, who has been a United player since he was 12-years-old, has drawn the praise of Alex Ferguson, for his performances on the pitch. “We know all about Cleverley”, the Scotsman said. “He looks fantastic.” Cleverley was selected for the England team by Fabio Capello, following on from the youngster’s appearance in the Charity Shield event, at the beginning of August.

Fergie’s latest flock of fledglings may take some time to develop into world-class players, but there is no denying that the ‘Class of 2011’ has sufficient promise to help United stand up to the increasingly difficult challenge posed by Chelsea and Manchester City, at the top of the Premier League.

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