England's so-called 'golden generation' never quite delivered on the pitch, but there might still be hope for success in the coaching arena.

Sven-Goran Eriksson's side were beaten in the quarter-finals of three consecutive major tournaments from 2002 to 2006 despite being considered among the favourites.

However, with many of these involved now long since retired, management beckons.

And Wayne Rooney will join a number of former team-mates in taking on a coaching role after agreeing to move to Derby County as player-coach in January.

We take a look at other members of that England team who have taken to the touchline.

GARY NEVILLE

The first on this list is close to the least successful, with Neville sacked after just four months in charge at Valencia, returning to his previous role as a television pundit instead.

While just three wins in 16 LaLiga games saw the end of Gary, brother Phil remained at Valencia for a time as an assistant.

PHIL NEVILLE

Phil Neville also had experience with Manchester United, England Under-21s and Salford City by the time he was surprisingly appointed boss of England Women in January 2018.

The younger brother took the Lionesses to the last four at this year's Women's World Cup. Gareth Southgate, who featured sparingly at the start of Eriksson's era, is similarly impressing with the men's team.

SOL CAMPBELL

Former centre-back Campbell was repeatedly frustrated in his initial attempts to move into management, describing attitudes towards giving black players their first chance in coaching as "archaic" in 2013.

His opportunity finally arrived last year with Macclesfield Town, then bottom of the Football League. A superb turnaround saw the side stay up on the final day. "It's definitely up there with the things I've achieved in football," he said.

STEVEN GERRARD

While Campbell was made to wait for a lowly senior job, ex-colleague Gerrard went in at the top with one of Scotland's biggest clubs, taking over at Rangers at the start of last season.

Having left the Liverpool academy to take the post, Gerrard has a positive impact at Ibrox and led Rangers to their first win over rivals Celtic in six years. He could not prevent the Hoops completing a historic treble-treble, though.

PAUL SCHOLES

Definitely not a success. Scholes' stint at boyhood club Oldham Athletic made Gary Neville's Valencia stretch look steady, with the former midfielder gone after just 31 days.

It was Scholes' decision to quit, as he explained: "It unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role."

FRANK LAMPARD

Chelsea favourite Lampard has the potential to be the biggest success of all, having been handed the reigns at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Lampard led Derby to within a whisker of promotion in the play-off final, earning a chance at Chelsea as they prepare for a tough campaign impacted by a transfer ban. His Derby departure allowed for Phillip Cocu to come in and bring in Rooney.

THE REST...

It might only be a matter of time before John Terry has a senior role. He is an assistant at Aston Villa and was linked to the Middlesbrough job, which instead went to former team-mate and fellow rookie Jonathan Woodgate .

Meanwhile, at Manchester United, both Nicky Butt and Michael Carrick form part of the coaching staff.

David James operated as a player-coach at IBV, had a short stint at Luton Town and then took over at Kerala Blasters while continuing in goal. James then returned to the Indian side in 2018 but was sacked after an 11-match winless run.

Darius Vassell has a role at Wolves, Joe Cole is at Chelsea, and Kieron Dyer is part of the Ipswich Town set-up.

Paul Scholes has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association (FA) after admitting to breaching betting rules.

Former Manchester United and England star Scholes was charged in April in respect to 140 bets placed on football matches between August 2015 and January 2019.

Scholes' brief tenure as manager of League Two club Oldham Athletic began in February this year but he fell foul of FA regulations because the bets in question took place when he was a director of Salford City.

Alongside former United team-mates Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and David Beckham, Scholes owns a stake in Salford, who were promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history last season.

Eight of Scholes' bets were placed on FA Cup matches, although all were made at stages after Salford had been eliminated from the competition.

"An Independent Regulatory Commission has fined Paul Scholes £8,000 and warned him as to his future conduct after he admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting," an FA statement confirmed.

Scholes must also pay £1,800 towards the costs of the hearing.

In its written findings, the FA stated that "as an experienced former professional player and then a director of a football club [Scholes] ought to have acquainted himself with the rules and adhered to them".

However, it gave the 44-year-old "considerable credit for his admission to the breach, his co-operation with these proceedings and his exemplary record".

The FA added: "The Commission accepted the undisputed evidence that [Scholes] had placed the bets in circumstances where he was unaware of the rules. He did so to enhance his enjoyment and interest in the matches and did not deploy any special knowledge.

"There could be no perception that the result or any other aspect of the matches could have been affected by the bets."

Undimmed by the passage of time and present-day struggles at Old Trafford, Manchester United's 1999 treble remains the greatest single-season achievement in English club football history.

While Manchester City's current domestic dominance is one of towering points totals and smashed records, Alex Ferguson's finest hour was one built upon a death-or-glory knife edge.

From Birmingham to Barcelona via Turin, a United side packed with household names secured their legacy in unforgettable style.

To mark the 20th anniversary of a remarkable triumph, we look back at some of the signature wins in a campaign that came to define Ferguson's Old Trafford dynasty.

Manchester United 2 Liverpool 0 (Premier League, September 24)

Never mind three trophies, United were yet to claim three league wins by the time bitter rivals Liverpool arrived at Old Trafford in late September and Ferguson's men had been beaten 3-0 by reigning champions Arsenal four days earlier. Denis Irwin hammered in a 19th-minute penalty after fellow Republic of Ireland international Jason McAteer was penalised for handball and Paul Scholes thrashed left-footed into the top corner 11 minutes from time to crown a trademark counter-attack. The victory launched a three-match winning streak – United were up and running.

Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1 (FA Cup fourth round, January 24)

Tottenham knocked a much-changed United out of the League Cup in December and Liverpool looked set to end their FA Cup ambitions after Michael Owen nodded in an early opener. Dwight Yorke converted Andy Cole's knockdown from a floated David Beckham free-kick to level in the 88th minute and, following some neat footwork from Scholes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pounced in stoppage-time – a theme we'll return to later.

Nottingham Forest 1 Manchester United 8 (Premier League, February 6)

Forest's day did not look like it could get much worse when Solskjaer trotted on to replace Yorke in the 71st minute, United already 4-1 to the good at the City Ground. The "Baby-Faced Assassin" duly pilfered four goals in the final 10 minutes of the contest as United clinically and mercilessly pulled their ill-equipped foes to pieces.

Daniele De Rossi will not join former team-mate Francesco Totti among the greatest one-club men in football history after his Roma departure was confirmed.

De Rossi has never played for a club other than the Giallorossi but the 35-year-old has indicated he will seek to play on elsewhere before aiming to become a coach.

Defensive midfielder De Rossi was part of the Italy squad that triumphed at the 2006 World Cup and he is expected to leave Serie A for the end of his playing career.

It had been widely anticipated De Rossi would see out his career with Roma, but who are some of the finest players to have only played for one club?


FRANCESCO TOTTI (ROMA)

De Rossi and Totti shared great years together at Roma, with the forward passing on the armband to his colleague upon his retirement. Totti, now a director at Roma who is also acting as an ambassador for Euro 2020, won a single Serie A title with the club in 2000-2001 and was a runner-up on a further nine occasions. A gifted playmaker as well as a fine goalscorer, Totti also won two Coppas Italia at the club but would surely have had more medals to show for his brilliant career had he left Roma at any point - he claimed to have turned down Real Madrid in 2004. Totti and De Rossi will both go down in history among Roma's greats.


RYAN GIGGS, PAUL SCHOLES (MANCHESTER UNITED)

Wales manager Ryan Giggs was an ultimate one-club man, staying at Manchester United for the entirety of his glittering career. Giggs managed to slowly transform himself from a rapid, tricky winger into a cultured central midfielder in the latter years of his playing days, helping to extend his time on the pitch beyond 40. Giggs won an extraordinary haul of medals at Old Trafford, including 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a pair of Champions League crowns. Giggs played in 632 Premier League games, scoring 109 goals, and served as assistant under Louis van Gaal following retirement after an interim spell in charge in the wake of David Moyes' exit.

Another Class of 92 graduate, Paul Scholes was a team-mate of Giggs for much of his career, although he played international football for England instead of Wales. A classy passer with an eye for spectacular strikes from distance, Scholes was occasionally under-appreciated but not by his fellow professionals. Zinedine Zidane described Scholes as "complete" and "undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation". Like Giggs, he stepped into management but only lasted a month in charge at Oldham Athletic before leaving the League Two club, who he supported as a boy.

Scholes - who came out of retirement to play again for United - and Giggs are involved at Salford City after a Class of 92 takeover of the club in 2014, with Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Phil Neville also co-owners. Following their latest promotion, Salford became a Football League club for the first time this month and they will play in League Two next season.


PAOLO MALDINI, FRANCO BARESI (AC MILAN)

Paolo Maldini was, like Giggs for United, still going strong for AC Milan beyond his 40th birthday. Seven league titles and an incredible five European Cup/Champions League wins headline a litany of honours that Maldini helped marshal at San Siro, playing across their near impenetrable back four for almost 25 years. Maldini, son of another Milan legend, Cesare, is one of a select group of players who made over 1,000 appearances in all competitions during their career. 

He followed in the footsteps of another legendary Italy defender who only played for Milan - Franco Baresi - who captained the Rossoneri for most of his long career at San Siro. Baresi won six Serie A titles and collected three European crowns, as well as helping Italy win the World Cup in 1982. Baresi's brilliance was also recognised when he was a runner-up in the Ballon d'Or in 1989 and was included in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team a year later.

 


JAMIE CARRAGHER (LIVERPOOL)

Jamie Carragher was one of the great Premier League centre-backs, making 508 appearances in the competition for Liverpool. Now a pundit for Sky Sports in the UK, Carragher never won a league title with Liverpool but helped his side to a pair of FA Cups, as well as playing the full match as the Reds produced one of football's greatest ever comebacks to fight from 3-0 down at half-time in the 2005 final of the Champions League to beat Milan on penalties in Istanbul. The England international retired in 2013.

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes has been charged by the Football Association (FA) over alleged betting breaches.

Scholes, who left League Two side Oldham Athletic a month into his first managerial post earlier this year, allegedly placed 140 bets on football matches.

The FA stated on Tuesday the bets were placed between August 17, 2015 and January 12, 2019 - prior to Scholes' appointment at Oldham.

He has until April 26 to respond to the misconduct charge.

Scholes, considered among the best midfielders of his generation, has previously taken temporary charge of non-league outfit Salford City, where he is involved in the ownership, in January 2015.

The United great is a part-owner of the club along with former team-mates David Beckham, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville.

Scholes, who made 66 international appearances for England, previously wrote a column for betting company Paddy Power.

In July 2017, the FA cut Joey Barton's ban from all football activity over betting breaches from 18 months to 13 months after the player appealed against the length of the sanction.

Barton, who did not play professionally again and is now in charge of Fleetwood Town, admitted placing 1,260 football-related bets between March 2006 and May 2016.

Omnisport have contacted Scholes' management for comment.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Manchester United's performance in their defeat to Arsenal last weekend, insisting that they were not "s***".

United had won all nine of their away matches under Solskjaer until their trip to Emirates Stadium, where goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck a blow in the top-four battle.

The Red Devils carved out a number of clear opportunities of their own but were unable to find a way past home goalkeeper Bernd Leno.  

Despite the defeat, Solskjaer – whose side travel to Wolves for an FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday – has no issues with United's performance and believes they were unlucky to lose.

"You're always measured on results but we played a good game against Arsenal," he told a media conference.

"We've played so much worse and won games and that's the strange thing when you're a manager.

"You can look behind the result and say that was a good performance, but we didn't get what we deserved. It's so strange, the Arsenal one.

"We were very disappointed in the result, it hurts more than anything, but we can't look at the performance and say we were s***, because we weren't, to be honest and blunt."

Solskjaer's former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes left his position as Oldham Athletic manager on Friday after just a month in charge and the Norwegian has opened the door for him to come and talk about his experiences.

"He's probably got his reasons why he left, so you've got to ask him," he added.

"He's invited here if he wants to come and have a little chat about it. We've texted and it didn't work out, that's just management."

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes has reportedly resigned as manager of Oldham Athletic after only a month in charge.

Scholes departed the League Two club on Thursday having overseen seven games, winning only one.

He did not attend Oldham's scheduled news conference ahead of Saturday's home game with Tranmere Rovers due to what the club described as a "prior engagement".

But Scholes is believed to have stepped down from his post, hinting at communication problems with the club's board.

"It is with great regret that I have decided to leave the club with immediate effect," he said in a statement given to the BBC.

"I hoped to at the very least, see out my initial term of 18 months as the manager of a club I've supported all my life.

"The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role.

"In the short period since I took on the role it unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role.

"I wish the fans, the players and the staff - who have been tremendous - all the best for the rest of the season and will continue to watch and support the club as a fan."

Oldham are 14th in League Two having lost three of their past five games under Scholes.

Paul Scholes would have no issues with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becoming Manchester United manager on a permanent basis, despite the disappointing Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain. 

United's 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Tuesday was their first since Solskjaer took over as caretaker boss in the wake of Jose Mourinho's departure, with the Norwegian guiding the Red Devils to 10 wins and a draw in his first 11 games at the helm. 

Second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe has left United with a mountain to climb in the second leg of the last-16 tie, but Scholes said there was no disgrace in losing to Thomas Tuchel's men. 

"I'd have no issues whatsoever [with Solskjaer getting the job]," the former England international told the Daily Mail.

"I know people will start to question because now because he's lost a game but that was PSG. That could happen to the most experienced manager in the world because PSG are a top team.

"I think for what he's done so far he definitely deserves a chance. 

"I always knew there was talent in that squad. I think everyone did. Ole has come in with a smile on his face, put his arm around the players - there so much talent in that team. He's given them freedom and you’ve seen the results."

Solskjaer will hope for a positive response to his first setback when United travel to Stamford Bridge on Monday to face Chelsea in the FA Cup. 

Scholes is wary of a response from the Blues, who will be playing their first home match since losing 6-0 at Manchester City, but is hoping his old club can make it through to the quarter-finals. 

"Ole will want to win something as manager of United," he said. "The FA Cup, after the result against PSG, could be the only thing they could win. 

"Chelsea look in trouble at the minute. Will they bounce back themselves? Ole will have to deal with that. 

"They’ll be disappointed. Chelsea will be looking for a big recovery. From what you read it doesn't look like a happy camp at the minute so hopefully United can take advantage of that." 

Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and others were able to meet Alex Ferguson's standards at Manchester United because of iconic youth coach Eric Harrison, according to their fellow 'Class of '92' graduate Chris Casper.

Harrison passed away on Wednesday at the age of 81 and the world of football was swift to pay tribute to the man who helped forge one of the greatest dynasties the sport has seen in Britain.

As well as Giggs, Scholes and Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt all came through United's academy in the early 1990s, going on to play a huge role in one of the most fruitful periods in the club's history.

Giggs – the most decorated British player ever – went on to overtake Bobby Charlton as United's record appearance maker, while Scholes is third in that list and Gary Neville captained them for six years.

All six players were nurtured by the guiding hand of Harrison, and Casper – who started alongside Giggs, Gary Neville and Butt in the 1991-92 FA Youth Cup final – thinks the coach's similarity to Ferguson was vital.

"They were very similar, with the values and standards," Casper told Omnisport. "I think the work ethic they demonstrated every day, the standard they set, the expectations the manager [Ferguson] set – it came from Eric, really.

"Eric was the first person to work with you when you got into the training ground as a 16-year-old, sometimes even before that when you were 14 or 15.

"He set the tone really, but there was nothing different about the way Eric was and the way the manager was. It was just that progression. They were similar in many ways.

"It was obviously driven by the manager, he picked you for the first team, but it was started by Eric. He gave you the confidence to believe in yourself.

"He was our mentor, teacher, leader. He helped shape us not just as footballers, but people as well.

"I think a lot of it is values, the way you behave, portray yourself, the way you act, also having clear messages - Eric wasn't one for mincing his words, and you really appreciated that from him."

Many of the revered 'Class of '92' have since followed Harrison into coaching, with Giggs managing Wales, Phil Neville in charge of the England women's team and Butt heading up United's academy.

Scholes is the latest to take up a full-time position after being appointed the manager of League Two's Oldham Athletic on Monday, and Casper – now sporting director of Salford City, the club part-owned by Giggs, Scholes, Beckham, Butt and the Nevilles – thinks they will all aspire to manage United one day.

"He [Scholes] had such a long career, you always hoped he'd go into that side of things and use his experience and knowledge," Casper added.

"I don't think Paul will change [his personality] in the dressing room. I think he'll set the standard, a very high standard.

"It's good that Paul, Ryan, Nicky and Phil are getting the opportunities to put something back into the game, helping people, using their experience and shaping their football clubs, squads and teams.

"Man United is the biggest, or one of the biggest, jobs in world football. I'd imagine they'd all have aspirations to manage the club one day.

"It'd be good to have that continuity and have that experience of what it actually takes to be at Man United and be part of something that'd be great moving forward.

"They're all getting experience, hopefully they'll get the opportunity to manage it [make the jump up to United's level]."

The death of former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison was confirmed on Thursday, prompting Alex Ferguson to pay tribute to his "incredible" contribution to the club's success.

Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League twice during his 27-year stint at the helm.

But he owed at least some of that glory to the work of Harrison, who produced a group of young players who would go on to become iconic in the history of English domestic football - the Class of 92.

Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Phil Neville all came through the system under Harrison and went on to become key components of Ferguson's dominant United side of the 1990s and 2000s.

The six racked up 2,329 league appearances between them for United and all boasted win rates of more than 60 per cent with the club.

All were members of the treble-winning side of 1999 and, while Beckham, Butt and Phil Neville later moved on to continue their careers elsewhere, Giggs, Scholes and Gary Neville retired as one-club men.

United's fortunes have faded since Ferguson stepped down in 2013, but a look at the club's Premier League history gives an indication of just how big a role Harrison's graduates played in the glory years.

Ferguson described Harrison as "one of the greatest coaches of our time" in his tribute on Thursday. With the help of Opta, we run through some of the stats that demonstrate the impact of the players who came through under Harrison's tutelage.

 

MANCHESTER UNITED RECORDS

Premier League appearances

1. RYAN GIGGS - 632
2. PAUL SCHOLES - 499
3. GARY NEVILLE - 400
4. Wayne Rooney - 393
5. Roy Keane - 326

10. NICKY BUTT - 270
11. DAVID BECKHAM - 265
12. PHIL NEVILLE - 263

Premier League goals

1. Wayne Rooney - 183
2. RYAN GIGGS - 109
3. PAUL SCHOLES - 107
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy - 95
5. Andy Cole - 93

9. DAVID BECKHAM - 62

Premier League assists

1. RYAN GIGGS - 162
2. Wayne Rooney - 93
3. DAVID BECKHAM - 80
4. PAUL SCHOLES - 55
5. Eric Cantona - 51

9. GARY NEVILLE - 35

PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS

Assists

1. RYAN GIGGS - 162
2. Cesc Fabregas - 111
3. Wayne Rooney - 103
4. Frank Lampard - 102
5. Dennis Bergkamp - 94

8. DAVID BECKHAM - 80

Goals by midfielders

1. Frank Lampard - 177
2. Steven Gerrard - 120
3. RYAN GIGGS - 109
4. PAUL SCHOLES - 107
5. Matt Le Tissier - 100

=9. DAVID BECKHAM - 62

Manchester United announced the death of their revered former youth team coach Eric Harrison on Thursday, leading to numerous tributes for the man responsible for the development of one of the greatest dynasties British football has ever seen: the 'Class of '92'.

Harrison joined United in 1981 and was put in charge of the club's youth set-up under manager Ron Atkinson.

He was kept on when Alex Ferguson was hired as Atkinson's successor five years later and ultimately helped forge one of the most successful periods in United's history.

As head of United's youth team, Harrison oversaw the development of the group of players that would become known as 'Fergie's Fledglings'.

The FA Youth Cup-winning side of the 1991-92 season was his most successful, while Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, Wes Brown and Darren Fletcher were among those to come through later.

That 'Class of '92' generation was his crowning achievement, however, and Omnisport have looked back on the starting XI that beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in the second leg of the final on May 15, 1992, securing a 6-3 aggregate triumph.

 

Goalkeeper – Kevin Pilkington

Pilkington went on to make a handful of appearances for United's first-team before leaving in 1998. However, he was never likely to make a huge impression given the presence of Peter Schmeichel. He went on to play for a number of lower-league clubs, spending five years apiece at Mansfield Town and Notts County.

Defender – Gary Neville

One of the real success stories from this side, Gary Neville was an extraordinary servant in the United first-team, making 602 appearances across a career-long association. The right-back became club captain in 2005 – a duty he also had in the academy – and won every trophy possible, including eight Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues. He is now a prominent television pundit and involved in the running of National League side Salford City, alongside Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Scholes and David Beckham.

Defender – John O'Kane

"Gary Neville got your career," was a jab John O'Kane had to contend with from friends on a regular basis, as he explained to the Manchester Evening News last week. Highly rated as a youngster, O'Kane did go on to play for United in the Champions League, among other competitions, but he was sold to Everton in 1998 after failing to make the grade. He went on to play for Bolton Wanderers, Blackpool and Hyde United.

Defender – Chris Casper

Centre-back Casper was unable to establish himself in United's first-team, despite being well-regarded by England, captaining them at youth level. He played professionally with Reading, but his career was cut short by injury at 24. He is now sporting director at Salford City, working with some of his former United team-mates.

Defender – George Switzer

On the opposite flank to Gary Neville was George Switzer, another who managed to win a professional contract with United on the back of FA Youth Cup success. However, he was only offered a one-year deal and ultimately left for Darlington in 1993, never managing to play at more than a modest level. But, as he told the MEN in 2012, Ferguson said he would "always be your boss" when he departed, helping him make his next move.

Midfielder – David Beckham

England captain, Real Madrid 'Galactico', globally recognised heartthrob, married to a Spice Girl – Beckham needs no introduction. He played for United's first-team for 11 years, and although his time at the club ended after an infamous spat with Ferguson, the right-sided midfielder remains an Old Trafford icon and he went on to become one of England's greatest players, with only Peter Shilton and Wayne Rooney getting more than Beckham's 115 caps.

Midfielder – Nicky Butt

A tenacious central midfielder, Butt – like Beckham and Neville – was a key part of the United side which won the 1998-99 Champions League. He featured almost 400 times before leaving for Newcastle United in 2004. He has since returned in a coaching capacity and is head of the club's academy, overseeing the development of another promising batch of players, which includes Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes.

Midfielder – Simon Davies

Although Davies managed to make 20 appearances for United, the midfielder – who played once for Wales – only went on to have a humble playing career, featuring for the likes of Luton Town, Macclesfield and Rochdale, among others. He has worked with Manchester City's reserves and academy since 2013.

Midfielder – Ben Thornley

During his early years, left winger Thornley was generally expected to become a fixture in the United squad. However, his development was ruined by injuries, with one caused by a heavy tackle from Blackburn Rovers' Nicky Marker in a reserve game, and Thornley sued both parties for a loss of earnings in 1997. He did manage to carve out a career, playing for Huddersfield Town, Aberdeen, Blackpool and others before calling it quits.

Forward – Colin McKee

Despite winning the Player of the Year award for United's reserves in 1993, McKee was not up to the required standard to become even a rotation option. He left in 1994 for Kilmarnock, spending most of the rest of his career in his native Scotland.

Forward – Ryan Giggs

The greatest United player of the modern era? Giggs certainly has a claim to such a title. The left winger made a remarkable 963 appearances for the club across 23 years, more than any other player, and is the most decorated British player of all time. Slaloming runs and close dribbling became synonymous with the Welshman as he dazzled Premier League defences for more than two decades. He eventually hung up his boots in 2014 having become interim manager after David Moyes' sacking, before acting as assistant to Louis van Gaal. He is now Wales manager.

Eric Harrison, the former youth coach who nurtured Manchester United's revered 'Class of '92' generation, has died at the age of 81, the club have announced.

Having played in the lower divisions between 1957 and 1972, Harrison joined United in 1981 and was put in charge of the club's youth set-up under manager Ron Atkinson.

He was kept on when Alex Ferguson was hired as Atkinson's successor five years later and ultimately helped forge one of the most successful periods in United's history.

As head of United's youth team, Harrison oversaw the development of the group of players that would become known as the Class of '92, or "Fergie's Fledglings".

David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes all came through United's ranks under Harrison's watch – with the first four being part of the FA Youth Cup-winning side in 1992.

Gary Neville paid tribute to Harrison on Wednesday, highlighting his impact on United's homegrown players.

"We've lost our mentor, our coach and the man who made us," he wrote on his Twitter account.

"He taught us how to play, how to never give up, how important it was to win your individual battles and what we needed to do to play for Manchester United Football Club. Eric, we owe you everything."

Gary Neville's younger brother Phil also saluted Harrison's work, having won the FA Youth Cup under his guidance in 1995.

"He was always watching and always with us every time we played," he posted on Instagram.

"More importantly he made us understand how to work hard and respect each other and not just on the pitch.

"We won't forget the life lessons he gave us. Eric, we love you and owe you everything."

Darren Fletcher and Wes Brown were among the other players to play important roles for the first team having been brought through the youth side by Harrison.

Paul Scholes' managerial career got off to a sensational start on Tuesday as Oldham Athletic cruised to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Yeovil Town in League Two.

Scholes took his first steps into coaching on Monday when he agreed an 18-month contract with the Latics, and the former Manchester United midfielder made an immediate impact.

Having made two changes from the Oldham side that beat Crawley Town 3-0 on Saturday, Scholes had to wait until first-half stoppage time for the opening goal of his tenure.

Jose Baxter provided the finishing touch after excellent work from Gevaro Nepomuceno and Johan Branger, the midfielder bringing a smile to his manager's face on the sidelines with a low strike.

Oldham doubled their advantage six minutes after the restart through Callum Lang, and after Yeovil had pulled one back, they sealed victory with two late goals.

Mohamed Maouche restored Oldham's two-goal cushion, before Christopher Missilou rounded off a brilliant start for Scholes.

New Oldham Athletic boss Paul Scholes anticipates Jose Mourinho taking a keen interest in how he fares in management having often criticised the Portuguese as a television pundit.

Former England and Manchester United midfielder Scholes has made his first foray into management with League Two side Oldham, the club he supported as a boy.

The 44-year-old retired from playing in 2013 having spent his entire career at Old Trafford, and he initially moved into punditry.

It was in that role that he lambasted Mourinho's time at United, with Scholes having accused him of "embarrassing the club" before he was sacked in December.

Mourinho once said he hoped Scholes would be "25 per cent as successful as myself" if he ever went into management, though the new Oldham boss is not expecting to see the Portuguese at any League Two matches soon.

"I think he will be watching results," Scholes said at a news conference.

"Whether he will be watching the games, I am not too sure.

"That is part of the thing that bugged me a little bit. I wanted to get into it anyway but I have left myself wide open.

"I have been quite critical. If pundits - I don't think we will get many pundits watching - if we are losing games I am sure people will be popping up.

"They can say what they want, I have never really understood why players and managers take notice of what pundits say anyway. They are just giving an opinion on the game and get paid for doing so.

"If anyone wants to have a dig at me, I won't be taking any notice. The only person I answer to is the owner."

Scholes is the latest player from Alex Ferguson's United sides to move into management, following in the footsteps of ex-colleagues like Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

And Scholes admits he will ring Ferguson if he requires any advice. 

"I'd speak to anyone yeah, I'm sure the gaffer is on the other end of the phone," he added.

"He'll want me to do well and if I need any help from him, I'll be ringing him, of course I will."

New Oldham Athletic manager Paul Scholes did not think he would turn to coaching at the end of his playing career, according to former Manchester United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Scholes was confirmed as the new boss of the League Two side on Monday in what is his first full-time managerial post.

The United great won 20 major trophies in a glittering playing career, but has spent much of his time since retiring in 2013 as a television pundit, while he has also been part of the 'Class of 92' consortium that owns a controlling stake in Salford City.

Solskjaer says Scholes will need to watch out for pundit criticism now he has decided to take up a manager job, but he anticipates the ex-England star will do well.

"Watch the pundits, because he's been asking for it and now he's walking in!" said the United caretaker manager. "But it's fantastic to have Scholesy back in the game because he was a fantastic player to play with, a great personality.

"It's a challenge for him. I know it wasn't what he thought he was going to do when he was a player, but you know that drug with football, when you don't get it...

"Paul is one of them: he just loves football. And we'll be watching, definitely. He's just around the corner anyway, so it will be good to watch Oldham."

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