The creme de la creme of football gathered in London for the premiere of a documentary celebrating the success of a generation of Manchester United players.
David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville star in “The Class of ’92”, an intimate account of how six working class boys got to live the dream, restoring the magic to Manchester United football club and joining the ranks of the world’s best players.
Starting in 1992, the film, by brothers Gabe and Ben Turner, charts a remarkable period to Champions League success against Bayern Munich in 1999.
Beckham said that it was the friendships within the squad that made his generation of players at United so successful.
“I think (it was) just the togetherness we had. We are all from different backgrounds: I’m from London, they are all from Manchester. It was just the way we came together, how successful we were, how bonded we were, and how we got behind each other, it was a special time, the best in our careers, I think,” said David Beckham at the premiere.
“We are all great friends. And we said that now that we are at the end of our careers – there is only Ryan still going – that we should maybe do something. It was the 20th anniversary since we won the Youth Cup in 1992 and we wanted to do something,” said Phil Neville.
When they first began playing for United as teenagers, few could have predicted that between them they would land countless trophies. Ryan Giggs is still taking to the field for United, despite having just turned 40.
“I don’t really see myself as 40. I just see myself as a football player in a team. And I have always said I am lucky because I am playing with good players. Of course, you have got to keep yourself fit. But I am enjoying it. I am enjoying it more than ever,” said Giggs.
“The Class of ’92” is out now in the UK and Ireland.