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, Roger Byrne...
As skipper of Sir Matt Busby's Babes, Roger Byrne led United to consecutive First Division titles in 1950's.
A terrier in the tackle, with speed and intellect to match, the ex-grammar school boy was the hero of United’s 1952 title run-in, scoring six from outside-left in the last seven games. But it was in his preferred leftback spot (despite being right-footed), overlapping with great effect, that he was happiest. A natural leader, he skippered the ’56 and ’57 title winners and was still just 28 when Munich cut his life short.
What they say: “Roger was always a disciplinarian in his own way. Step out of line and he would put you in your place with a phrase like, 'you're a footballer not a dancehall man’.” – Wilf McGuinness