He had an unconventional passion for poetry and philosophy and played with an arrogance that made him a United legend. If ever a player was destined for greatness it was Duncan Edwards. In fact the number of times he was robbed of the ball once he had it at his feet could be counted on one hand. Manchester United’s 10 Greatest Players of All Time. Eric Cantona was a maverick in the truest sense of the word. Duncan, however, had his heart set on only one – Manchester United. Robson, who remains the longest serving captain in United history at 11 years, would often carry the team on his back and was rewarded for his efforts with three FA Cup triumphs and the club’s first European trophy since 1968 in the shape of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. 2020 © The Black Country Sporting Heritage Foundation. He was a players’ player. In 1968, Best was instrumental as United captured a maiden European Cup, capping a season that saw him score 32 goals with a world class performance against Benfica in the final. A stalwart of the right flank during the 1950s, Johnny Berry was one of only two United players to be a part of all three title winning seasons in the decade. The iconic jersey worn by countless Old Trafford legends over the years, to the point where it now carries an incredibly heavy burden for anyone that dares take it on. Born on 1 October 1936 in Dudley, Duncan attended the Priory Primary school and Wolverhampton Street Secondary school, honing his footballing talent on their playgrounds and playing fields, often with much older lads before progressing to the more organised level of schoolboy football. Beckham remained vital as United dominated the Premier League for the next two years, while at international he was made England captain in 2000 and secured his redemption in the eyes of the nation when his injury time free kick against Greece sent the team to the 2002 World Cup. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Man City 3-2 Chelsea RECAP and highlights from FA Youth Cup final as McAtee, Rogers and Palmer score, Manchester City Under-18s won 3-2 against Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup final with goals from James McAtee, Morgan Rogers and Cole Palmer, Manchester United news and transfers RECAP Solskjaer and Pochettino plus Pogba latest. One of the finest players to wear the Man Utd shirt, Duncan Edwards was just 21 when he died in the Munich air crash. All the latest Manchester United transfer rumours and gossip including an update on Hakan Calhanoglu. Berry was a survivor of the Munich Air Disaster in 1958, although he had no recollection of the crash itself and was unaware his teammates had been killed until he returned to England after spending two months in hospital. Manchester United evening headlines as Cavani issues demand to teammates. More world class performances yielded a third successive league title for only the second time in the club’s history and another, albeit unsuccessful, appearance in the Champions League final. As a traditional winger he was noted for his dribbling and crossing, although he won only four England caps during his career. On his debut, the future legend actually wore the number eleven shirt, although he took seven just a few days later in a Manchester derby at Maine Road. Best enjoyed further success as United won the league again in 1967 and the ‘Holy Trinity’ with Denis Law and Bobby Charlton became legendary. These days, it his personal ‘CR7’ brand. Beckham was lauded for his hard work and determination. Capped 18 times by England, Black Country lad Edwards scored five goals for the Three Lions. The major incident has now been stood down, but the service has urged people to only call about life threatening, or potentially life threatening conditions. That attitude and drive was most likely the reason Robson broke, fractured or dislocated 24 bones during his career, but it ensured his lasting place in Old Trafford folklore. 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The end of that season would see the club relegated for the first time since 1937. Strictly speaking, Billy Meredith never actually wore number seven for United, nor indeed any digit on his back, as shirt numbers were not introduced to English football until after he retired. Meredith had originally starred for Manchester City, where he won the 1904 FA Cup, but he was suspended from football for 18 months in 1905 after being implicated in a bribery scandal along with 16 other players – he always vehemently denied the charge against him. Mauricio Pochettino outlines next job criteria amid Manchester United links. The Frenchman initially trialled at Sheffield Wednesday, then helped Leeds win the First Division title in 1992 and was bought by Alex Ferguson for £1.2m a few months later. It was that shirt in which he enjoyed some of his greatest moments in football, especially at his peak in the mid to late 1960s. Ronaldo signed for United aged 18 in 2003 shortly after terrorising his future teammates in a pre-season friendly, although he initially had to be persuaded to take the number seven shirt rather the 28 jersey he wore at Sporting CP. As a teenager and in only in his first full season, he helped United win the league title in 1964/65, the club’s first since the Munich Air Disaster, while he shone in the European Cup the following by individually destroying Benfica in Lisbon. Ronaldo left United for Real Madrid in a world record transfer worth £80m in 2009 and many would argue that his influence and quality was never replaced. Although he died at Munich in February 1958 at the age of twenty-one, he is remembered fondly by those who saw him play and by those who have heard the stories of his all too brief career. With five Ballon d’Or awards to his name and over 700 career goals, he will retire as one of the greatest players of all time, and it was at Old Trafford that he emerged as a superstar.