4000 by Dave Coleman 

In 1932 James Gibson owner of Manchester United decided that a struggling United could not afford to buy players of enough quality to improve the team. So he decided along with chief scout Louis Rocca and secretary Walter Crickmer to try to groom young players to become first team stars of the future. To this end they entered a team called Manchester United ‘A’ in the Manchester League using players of around 17 and 18 years of age. The same year United employed a new manager Adam Scott Duncan from Scotland. Scott Duncan was convinced that he could build a more than useful first team from the ‘A’ team. Sadly he left before his dream could come true. But through the early to mid 30s he periodically used these players in his first team. On 30th October 1937 United played away to Fulham in Division 2. The team lost 1-0 but within that team was a man called George Vose who had come through to the first team from that ‘A’ team. That match was the first in an 82 year run that will culminate on Sunday 15/12/2019 when United play Everton with a team that for the 4000th game in a row include at least 1 Manchester United ‘A’ team (A for academy in modern parlance) product. This is a phenomenal record and something that we should be extremely proud of and is without a doubt the essence of what Manchester United is all about! 🇾🇪

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