Born: 1 November 1963
Signed for United: 1 June 1980
Debut: 30 Nov 1983 v Oxford Utd (a), League Cup
Left United: 31 May 1995
"Mark Hughes was the best big-game player I have known." – Sir Alex Ferguson
'Sparky', as he was affectionately known, served the club with distinction from 1980-1986 and 1988-1995. He endured a difficult time with Barcelona in between, when it became clear where his true home was: Old Trafford.
The Welshman was arguably the complete striker, capable of scoring from anywhere around the box with either foot or his head. Those qualities, allied to a fiery temperament and never-say-die attitude, made him a Stretford End hero.
Hughes hit 163 goals in 467 United appearances and won all the domestic trophies on offer but arguably his finest hour was his man-of-the-match display in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in Rotterdam in 1991, when he scored twice in a 2-1 victory over his old club Barcelona.