INTRO AND PROFILES

08/08/2011 13:32, Report by Nick Coppack
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Full-backs

Your vote counts as we select United's greatest-ever XI as we switch the focus to the full-backs.

Some of the biggest names in the game are included on our shortlist, so take a moment to ponder their merits before making your choice. VOTE NOW

Arthur Albiston (1974-1988): 485 appearances | 7 goals
Solid and steady, Albiston, who lies 10th in United’s all-time appearances list, made his debut as a teenager in 1974 before turning out across 14 seasons. An old-fashioned defensive left-back, Albiston didn’t score often, although few will forget his 89th-minute winner at Anfield in 1981.

Roger Byrne (1951-1958): 280 appearances | 20 goals
Captain of the team that perished in Munich in 1958, Byrne was a right-footer who played on the left. A local lad, he played with an attacking mentality (unusual for that era) and was seen as a father figure in the dressing room, despite being only 28 when he died.

Noel Cantwell (1960-1967): 146 appearances | 8 goals
Signed from West Ham, the Republic of Ireland international spent six seasons at Old Trafford and captained the Reds to FA Cup victory in 1963. An influential figure in the dressing room, his experience was as valuable off the pitch as his playing ability on it.

Johnny Carey (1937-53): 344 appearances | 17 goals
United’s first post-war captain, Carey is often regarded as one of the finest full-backs Britain has produced. A Dubliner, Carey played the game hard but fair and skippered the Reds to FA Cup glory in 1948 and league success in 1951/52.

Tony Dunne (1960-1973): 535 appearances | 2 goals
Perhaps the finest British left-back of the 1960s, Dunne possessed blistering pace, was strong in the tackle and passed the ball