Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Harrison's Boys Are Back in Town ; All Change Class of '92 Gang Can Have an Impact Says Mentor as Glazers Jet in to Help Oversee Search for Right Man

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Harrison's Boys Are Back in Town ; All Change Class of '92 Gang Can Have an Impact Says Mentor as Glazers Jet in to Help Oversee Search for Right Man

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CLASS of '92 mentor EriStuart

Mathieson c Harrison is back-k ing the three amigos from that glory era to bring stability back to United.

Twenty years ago Ryan Giggs was coming on as a sub in the 1994 Old Trafford derby for Lee Sharpe.

Earlier that April morning in '94 at Bury's Gigg Lane ground, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes played in a Pontin's League Division One win for United's reserves against Nottingham Forest.

After a day off Scholes was back at Gigg Lane to score in the Reds second string's 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.

Within seven months the threesome would start a United senior team match together for the first time when they were in Alex Ferguson's Premier League XI against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

Now the locals lads have been charged with reviving the old United spirit that has leaked away in the last 10 months under Moyes.

On Tuesday Giggs took his first training session as interim boss at Carrington in the wake of David Moyes' sacking, with Nicky Butt and Neville assisting.

Yesterday, Paul Scholes joined the fray with United tweeting: "It's great to see Paul Scholes here at the Aon Training Complex today, assisting Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville. #mufc" And Harrison is delighted to see the trio, plus Phil Neville who has survived the Moyes regime cull, in situ.

"I am so proud and it is a great move by the club after the difficult season everyone has endured," Harrison told MEN Sport.

"I feel sorry for David Moyes and I don't want to be critical but there is no question that the spirit was missing.

"The bond wasn't there. That old atmosphere had gone.

"I watched the game at Everton and it was dreadful.

I don't think the players were playing for the manager or themselves. It looked like they wanted to go elsewhere. I find that hard because I always preached and was told to have pride in your work and yourself.

"My mum used to say I never did a proper day's work in my life because I was involved in football! She was right and you have to love it and be grateful for what you are doing.

"Players should be grateful and go down on their knees praying every day, giving thanks for being a professional footballer at United. …

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