What happened to the seven Man Utd youngsters Ferguson tipped for greatness

If there is one thing Sir Alex Ferguson is remembered for at Manchester United then it is his ability to spot young talent.

During his long reign at Old Trafford, the Scot unearthed more than his fair share of bright young stars who would develop into world-beaters.

From Roy Keane to Cristiano Ronaldo, Ferguson repeatedly hedged his bets on the next generation, and more often than not, his inklings were spot on.

Ferguson's greatest achievement – from a nurturing players point of view – was overseeing the development of the Class of '92.

Back in 2001 Sir Alex Ferguson singled out seven players at Manchester United as ones to watch for the future. Here's what became of the likely lads.

Darren Fletcher

Fletcher spent the best part of his career at Old Trafford, where he made more than 220 appearances for the Red Devils.

He also won five Premier League titles as well as the Champions League in 2008, confirming he was indeed 'one to watch'.

These days Fletcher is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's coaching staff at Manchester United.

Kieran Richardson

Like Fletcher, Richardson had a career at Manchester United, where he played for five years and made more than 40 appearances.

During this time he won the Premier League twice as well as the FA Cup.

Spells at Sunderland, Fulham, Aston Villa and Cardiff City followed before the left-back eventually retired in 2016.

John O'Shea

Perhaps the best of the 2001 bunch tipped for greatness by Ferguson, O'Shea spent 11 years at Manchester United, where he won 14 trophies.

Among these: five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one Champions League and two league cups. The Irishman also made 393 appearances for the club.

Luke Chadwick

Chadwick spent five years at Old Trafford, but was sent to numerous clubs on loan before finally leaving for West Ham.

From there he joined Stoke and Norwich until finally signing for MK Dons, which he made his home for the next five years.

Chadwick only made 38 appearances for United, and scored twice.

Danny Pugh

Things looked bright for Pugh when he made his United debut in a Champions League match.

But Pugh was sent to Leeds in 2004 as Alan Smith went the other way.

The bulk of his career was then spent at Stoke, and today he's caretaker boss at Port Vale, who he played for for three years from 2017 to 2020.

Paul Tierney

Tierney joined United in 1999 and was on the club's books for six years but never made a single professional appearance under Ferguson.

Instead, Tierney had loan spells at Crewe, Colchester United and Bradford before finally signing for Livingston in 2005.

Michael Stewart

Stewart burst onto the scene in 1998, but made only eight appearances for United during a time in which Roy Keane was out injured.

After loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Hearts, the midfielder joined Hibernian in 2005 before rejoining hearts and seeing his career peter out.

Bizarrely, in 2015 Stewart – who retired from football at Charlton in 2011 – was lining up to run in the general election for the Scottish National Party.

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