PAUL MCSHANE has revealed how brilliant it was to win the FA Youth Cup as a Manchester United player.
The former Republic of Ireland defender won the cup in 2003 – helping the Red Devils beat Middlesbrough over two legs.
McShane is back on the books at Old Trafford – working as a player-coach with the under-23 side.
And, he took time out to reflect on one of his earliest achievements in the game – 19 years on.
He told the Manchester Evening News: “I think a couple came down – what sticks in my mind is the next few days when you come into the training ground and you feel brilliant, you feel 10ft tall!
“You have David Beckham and Roy Keane, Gary Neville, all the Class of 92 and all the foreign players congratulating you on winning the Youth Cup.
“My biggest memory of that was speaking with Beckham after it. He was saying the time he won it and stuff, so that was quite a conversation at 17 years of age, with David Beckham, sharing the same experience at that age.
“You could just feel the atmosphere around the stadium and you would see a few fans on the way in on the bus and you’re thinking, this is good, this is proper now.
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“It definitely helps having a lot of numbers in the stadium. You can feel the atmosphere and it’s as close as you can get to a first-team game at that age but also having the first-team players there as well was quite something. You’d want to impress them.
“It was a great experience. The first game we played at Old Trafford was Charlton in the semis, that was the first taste of it, I still remember it fondly this day.”