George Best (Belfast)
470 appearances, 179 goals

Frank Stapleton (Dublin)
267 (21) appearances, 78 goals

Liam Whelan (Dublin)
98 appearances, 52 goals

Norman Whiteside (Belfast)
256 (18) appearances, 67 goals
12/05/2012 08:29, Report by S Bartram and M Shaw

Irish Reds: Forwards video

In celebration of United's impending trip to Belfast, we're looking back at some of the Reds' outstanding Irish links - starting with forwards from north and south of the border who have represented the club with distinction.

In 1961, a shy teenager from Belfast had to be coaxed back to Manchester after suffering from home sickness during his trial with United. At the second attempt, however, George Best went on to enjoy one of the outstanding United careers and established himself among the Reds' record scorers and appearance-makers.

Though he perished in the Munich disaster, Dublin-born striker Liam Whelan had a goalscoring ratio comparable with anybody else, averaging over a goal every two games in under four seasons with the Reds' first-team. Less prolific was another Dublin export, Frank Stapleton, but the line-leading powerhouse nevertheless impacted on Old Trafford as an outstanding member of Ron Atkinson's Reds.

So too did Norman Whiteside, who burst to prominence as a goalscoring debutant at just 17, then etched himself on history as a goalscorer in three Wembley cup finals for the Reds before his career was cruelly curtailed by injury.

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