Where the seven Man Utd youngsters Sir Alex Ferguson tipped for stardom are now

Manchester United’s glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson were often thanks to some terrific talent the Scot nurtured through from the youth team .

The Old Trafford legend would often hint at which youngsters he would be giving a chance, and one time he reeled off a list of names whose careers went from Champions League winner to non-league and forgotten.

“We've got some terrific prospects at Old Trafford,” Ferguson said back in 2001.

“Darren Fletcher, who we hope will get over his broken leg, is good.

“Michael Stewart and Luke Chadwick are doing very well, and John O'Shea's doing well too.

“There's a young left back called Paul Tierney who's doing well, as is Danny Pugh. But there's a young boy who has started now, he's 16, called Kieran Richardson.

“He's going to be a fantastic player.”

Starsport takes a look at where each of the seven prospects ended up 19 years later.

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Darren Fletcher

Probably the most successful of all seven players, Fletcher became a club legend and a real favourite under Ferguson.

The Scot won five Premier League titles and a Champions League in his time at Old Trafford by simply making those around him better and working hard in midfield.

Michael Stewart

After a short stint flirting with the United first-team, Stewart ended up back in Scotland, having originally risen through the ranks at Rangers.

The midfielder ended up getting four caps for his country, and now works in politics in Edinburgh.

Luke Chadwick

Chadwick is a player whose name everybody knows, but rarely really remember sees actually playing, especially for United.

The wide-midfielder endured nine loan spells in his career as he slowly slid down the leagues in England, ending up at Cambridge United in the Conference.

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John O'Shea

Another Fergie legend, O'Shea was the utility man at the back, being used across the defence and even in defensive-midfield.

Like Fletcher, the Irishman was a serial winner at United in their glory days, and regularly took the armband for club and country.

Paul Tierney

Um… who? Tierney made his debut for United on 3 December 2003 against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup.

But then he sunk into the shadows with a career in the English lower leagues and Scotland. Shame.

Danny Pugh

Pugh looked like he had a bright future ahead of him, and he sort of lived up to the expectations, but not at United.

The current Port Vale player-manager was included in an exchange deal with Alan Smith in 2004, and spent most of his career yo-yoing between Premier League and Championship.

Kieran Richardson

Richardson was given the most promising shout out by Ferguson, and the left-midfielder’s start to life at United was very promising.

His brace on his senior England debut was something to behold too, and he spent almost all of his career in the Premier League with Sunderland, Fulham and Aston Villa before retiring with Cardiff in the Championship.

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