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When was the last time Man United didn’t have an academy graduate in the match day squad?

Man United have had an academy graduate in every single match day squad since Ocotber 1937, which is 3,096 games and counting

Scott Duncan has an unfortunate place in Man United’s illustrious history.

It was under him that United last selected a match day squad without an academy graduate.

How long ago was that? Way back in 1937, when United faced the likes of Bradford Park Avenue and Stockport County in the old Second Division.

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Fast forward to 17 February 2018 and Jose Mourinho was starting academy graduate Scott McTominay in the 2-0 FA Cup win against Huddersfield Town.

Fellow academy graduates Jesse Lingard, Joel Pereira, Angel Gomes and Ethan Hamilton all made the bench.

It was the 3,906th consecutive game in which United had named a youth player in the first-team squad.

They really do start ’em young these days

They really do start ’em young these days

Hamilton is the latest player to make the step up.

He was named in United’s squad as a late replacement for Paul Pogba although he didn’t manage to get onto the pitch.

The 19-year-old joined from Edinburgh side Hutchinson Vale when he was just 12, following in the footsteps of Darren Fletcher.

The new Darren Fletcher in action

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The new Darren Fletcher in action

United’s next game is a Champions League trip to Andalusia to take on Sevilla.

Mourinho then hosts former side Chelsea before facing Liverpool at Old Trafford on 10 March.

How long will Mourinho be able to keep the tradition alive for? Stay tuned to find out.