Arthur Albiston


It takes a special kind of player to make it into United's top ten for the highest number of appearances.  So it's good to see that Arthur's many reliable performances over the years are keeping him at number ten.  He's still turning out today, as a regular pundit for MUTV.

Born in Edinburgh in 1957, Arthur Richard Albiston joined United as an apprentice at the tender age of 15, before turning professional two years later in 1974.

In his 14 years as a Red, Albiston was one of the only players to play under four separate managers, making 485 appearances. The success varied with each manager, although Arthur stuck to the task throughout, coming away with three FA Cups and a Second Division Winners’ medal.

An underrated Arthur played just 14 games for Scotland, and was in the squad for the ’86 World Cup in Mexico. After leaving United in 1988, he went on to play for a number of UK and European clubs, before turning his hand to management during a brief spell at Droylsden.

But it wasn’t long before he returned to Old Trafford as a youth coach, and finally, as one of our favourite pundits.

Quick facts

Arthur joined Manchester United straight from school and worked his way up to the first team 

Albiston was one of the lucky ones in those days who was never one to suffer from many injuries  and played his career virtually injury free

By the time of his departure from Old Trafford in 1988 he was the longest-serving player  at the squad.


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