Six Manchester United legends with ‘wonderkid’ sons as young forward gets first U17 national side call-up

The legends that have graced the field at Old Trafford have mostly earned legendary status in football and are now happily enjoying their retirement. However, for some of the ex-United players their children are looking to follow in their footsteps.

MEN Sport has taken a look at six former United players whose sons are hoping to replicate or even exceed their fathers&apos careers.

Beckham&aposs son Romeo spent a year at Arsenal between 2014 and 2015 before seemingly going off the radar for six years, in terms of his football career. He would go on to venture into tennis and even did some training with Andy Murray.

However in 2021, the youngster signed for his dad&aposs new MLS team Inter Miami becoming a member of their academy set-up. It appears he impressed in the US, and even gave a glimpse of the same sort of talent that made his dad so lethal as he scored a stunning 25-yard free-kick during Inter Miami II&aposs 3-1 win over Orlando City II in the MLS Next Pro league.

The 20-year-old would go on to make further headlines at the start of 2023 when Brentford&aposs B team announced that Beckham had joined on loan from the American side until the end of the season meaning he could even make his Premier League debut in the coming months.

Zach Giggs is making quite an impact in the United academy at present and is being tipped to at least partially emulate the career of his dad. The 16-year-old left-back has been earning his stripes in the Reds&apos youth team and is showing his talent already.

In April last year, Giggs earned plaudits for his performances at the Adidas Generation Cup in Dallas. The teenager has already been called up to the Wales U15 squads in the past and is certainly one to watch out for.

Van Persie&aposs son Shaqueel is enjoying a fruitful career so far in the Netherlands where he plays for Feyenoord&aposs youth set-up. The teenage striker scored 16 goals in 13 appearances for the Eredivisie side&aposs U17s and that has helped him land a place in the Dutch U17 team this week.

It is no guarantee that Van Persie will choose to play for the Netherlands at a senior international level though. Through his mum, he could choose to represent Morocco.

His dad may have been a goalscoring machine but it was no guarantee that Kai would be the same. However, Rooney jr. has been in sensational form for United&aposs youth teams.

Back in June last year, Rooney claimed that he scored 56 goals and grabbed 28 assists for the Reds&apos U12s. The 13-year-old will be hopeful of continuing his electric form in front of goal as he grows up.

Fletcher not only has one but two of his sons showing their ability at a youth level. However United fans may be sad to learn that his twin sons, Jack and Tyler, have cemented themselves into the Manchester City youth set-up.

Both of his children are thought to be progressing well at the Etihad with Jack being likened to his father in terms of his style of player. According to the Daily Mail, the Reds&apos technical director is more than happy to see his 16-year-old sons continue their progression in the blue half of Manchester.

Both have received call-ups to the Scotland U16 squad, although recent reports have suggested that England have asked the pair to come and check out the FA&aposs set-up and training facilities in a bid to change their national allegiances.

His dad may lay claim to being one of the greatest footballers of all time but Cristiano Ronaldo Jr is wanting to forge his own path in football. That has not stopped the 12-year-old from copying his dad&aposs &aposSiu&apos celebration while playing for United&aposs academy.