18/09/2009 16:49, Report by Adam Bostock

Your questions for a legend

Our new series of former player interviews continues on Monday afternoon when we'll be putting '70s legend Sammy McIlroy on the spot.

The man regarded as the last of the Busby Babes played 419 matches for United between 1971 and 1982, a stat which puts him in the club's all-time top twenty appearance-makers.

Hailing from Northern Ireland, Sammy McIlroy followed in the footsteps of his boyhood idol George Best by rising through the ranks at Old Trafford. The highlight of his senior career was most probably the 1977 FA Cup final, when he helped Tommy Docherty's team to prevent Liverpool from winning the Treble.

He left United in 1982 after his place in midfield was effectively taken by Bryan Robson - on the day Robbo signed his contract, on the pitch at Old Trafford, Sammy responded by scoring a hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of Wolves. But nevertheless, he moved on and played for Stoke City and then Manchester City before eventually moving into management.

As a manager, Sammy McIlroy twice won the Conference title - non-league football's highest honour - with Macclesfield Town and eventually guided the Cheshire club into the third tier of the Football League where they played home and away against Man City.

After spells in charge of Stockport County and Northern Ireland, for whom he also played in the 1982 World Cup, McIlroy became manager at League Two side Morecambe. He remains there today, combining his work at Christie Park with guest appearances on MUTV.

Please post your questions for Sammy on manutd.com/talkingreds - in the Legends forum - and we'll put the best ones to him on Monday afternoon.


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