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21 years ago, a Man United prospect with a remarkable right-foot made his league debut

His first senior appearance came in 1992 but David Beckham was made to wait for his top-flight chance.

Image: EMPICS Sports Photo Agency

DAVID BECKHAM MADE his Manchester United senior debut in a League Cup game against Brighton in September 1992, months before he had even signed professional terms.

But he was made to wait for his first Premier League appearance.

Having impressed while on loan at Preston during the early part of the 1994/95 season, he returned to Old Trafford and was handed a senior start against Leeds United on the 2nd April.

Without Eric Cantona, United were desperately trying to keep tabs on leaders Blackburn but the loss of the mercurial Frenchman was keenly felt during the title run-in. United drew 0-0 at home to Tottenham and suffered a 2-0 away defeat to Liverpool.

Soccer - English Premier League - Manchester United v Leeds United - Blackburn Source: EMPICS Sports Photo Agency

They were subsequently held by Leeds too, and by Chelsea in their next home fixture.

They’d end up losing the championship by a single point on a frantic final day.

Manchester United XI: Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville. Gary Pallister, Denis Irwin, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Brian McClair, Andy Cole, Mark Hughes.

Leeds United XI: John Lukic, Gary Kelly, John Pemberton, David Wetherall, Tony Dorigo, Andy Couzens, Gary McAllister, Carlton Palmer, Brian Deane, Rodney Wallace, Tony Yeboah.

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