24/12/2010 08:42,

United greats: Billy Meredith

From now until 8 January, ManUtd.com is showcasing 20 players nominated by Inside United magazine for the title of United's greatest-ever player. Next up, Billy Meredith...

United's first footballing legend, Meredith gained national recognition for a career that lasted for an incredible 30 years.

They don’t make them like this any more – but they didn’t make many like this then, either. The spindly Welshman, wizard of the dribble, champion of players’ rights and the game’s first household name, ruled the left flank in United’s first triumphs – 1908 and 1911 league titles; 1909 FA Cup – under Ernest Mangnall. Astonishingly, he was still playing in his 50th year.

Did you know: 'Old skinny', as he was nicknamed, played with a toothpick in his mouth and was found guilty of match-fixing during his time with Manchester City prior to joining the Reds in 1906.

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Billy Meredith

Appearances: 335
Goals: 36

Signed from: Man City
Debut: 01 Jan 1907
Left United: 7 May 1921

Honours: League (07/08, 10/11), FA Cup (08/09).

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