Why 'The Class Of '92' Could Be A Classic

Forget how you feel about United - this new documentary is shaping up nicely

Whatever you feel about Manchester United Football Club – which can only be lifelong love or deep-set hatred, obviously – forthcoming documentary The Class Of '92 has the potential to be required viewing for all fans of the game.

Consider the case for the defence. Yes, it's centred around some of the dullest men in football playing for a widely-reviled club, but it also tells a story we're unlikely to ever see again: of a youth team of exciting British players who went on to conquer Europe.

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Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers were the core of United's famous youth team of 1992, who rose through the ranks as friends and, under Alex Ferguson, became the core of the first team who won title after title, including the treble in 1999.

Oh, and there was another handy player in that side who features in the documentary heavily – David Beckham.

By the looks of the new trailer, director Gabe Turner managed to get unprecedented access to Becks and the others. How far he managed to coax them out of the autopilot banalities of the modern footballer, put them at ease and get them interacting authentically is where the film will probably succeed or fail.

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Beyond that, Britpop, the heady optimism of the New Labour years and the emergence of the Premier League its self as a global brand are all explored as context.

But even if those topics feel a little well-worn (please, no Spice Girl montages), Turner has strong credentials (In The Hand Of God, 2007) and is being backed by the studio who produced Senna, one of the greatest sporting documentaries ever made.

All in all, this could be a reason to put partisan squabbles aside and enjoy – even through gritted teeth – one of the most remarkable football stories of the modern era.


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