It’s 20 years to the day since Alan Hansen made one of football punditry’s most infamous statements – for all the wrong reasons.
At the beginning of the 1995/96 season, with Manchester United boasting young players like David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Roy Keane, the Old Trafford club started the Premier League season off disastrously with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.
Hansen, speaking on BBC‘s Match of the Day, subsequently made his now famous ‘you can’t win anything with kids’ remark following United’s defeat.
The United players must have used this as a motivational factor however, as what transpired was a hugely-successful season. United won the Premier League as well as the FA Cup that year.
Alex Ferguson’s decision to bring in young talent was rewarded by an unprecedented level of success in the years to follow too, as these ‘kids’ went on to flourish into superstars of the modern game. Trophies flooded in and records tumbled for the red half of Manchester.
In the seasons following Hansen’s remarks, United won ten league titles, two FA Cups and two Champions Leagues – all based around the new generation Ferguson had brought in.
In the meantime, the ex-Liverpool centre-back went on to have a highly-successful career in media, but his misguided comments back in 1995 will go down in history.
Watch Hansen’s famous quote below.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena