Gary Neville and Paul Scholes

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According to Gary Neville, students at the University Academy can combine work and study

Students from a university founded by members of Manchester United's "Class of 92" have lessons either in the morning or in the afternoon so they can work alongside their studies.

Former United captain Gary Neville said this was an alternative to "unpredictable" schedules at other universities.

The University Academy 92 will offer sports, media and economics diplomas that have been validated by Lancaster University.

Each student will also have their own personal development coach.

The Stretford-based university, located in a former Kellogg site near Old Trafford, was founded by Neville, his brother Phil, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

They hope that this will be a "trailblazer" for the career prospects of young people, especially those with non-academic backgrounds.

Gary Neville said that flexible instruction four hours a day, four days a week, would allow students to work simultaneously in their preferred careers.

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The University Academy 92 offers sports, media and business courses

"You go to school in a very structured way, and when you're about to start the most important part of your life, you get this unpredictable program, where you might spend one hour on an hour or two on another day and nothing else Day, "he said.

The footballers said they wanted to promote the ethos of The Cliff – United's training ground in the 1990s – at the university.

The class of the 92er went through all the United youth system and collapsed together in the first team.

They hope the personal development coaches will mimic the impact mentors, including former United players Nobby Stiles and Brian Kidd, as well as youth coaches Eric Harrison and Sir Alex Ferguson on their careers.

"That's what we're trying to do at the university – giving the students someone to trust them with," Butt said.

Scholes added, "We hope we can show them the way – we will be there to share our experiences."

The first recording in September will be around 300, but eventually the group hopes there will be 6,000 students.