It seems ludicrous that some doubted diminutive asthmatic youth player Paul Scholes would ever make a first-team appearance for Manchester United.
Natural talent overcame physical obstacles and two decades, 19 major honours and one retirement u-turn later, Scholesy is still doing the business for the Reds.
Against Wigan on Saturday he joined Ryan Giggs and Sir Bobby Charlton in United’s exclusive 700 appearances club. To mark the occasion, we take a look at how he got there, milestone by milestone – defeating rivals, tasting Euro glory and scoring goals galore along the way.
Game 1: Port Vale 1-2 United, League Cup second round first leg, 21/09/1994
Game 100: United 3-2 Juventus, Champions League, 01/10/1997
Game 200: Tottenham 3-1 United, Premiership, 23/10/1999
Game 300: United 3-1 Newcastle, Premiership, 02/01/2002
Game 400: United 4-2 Man City, FA Cup fifth round, 14/02/2004
Game 500: United 2-0 Liverpool, Premier League, 22/10/2006
Game 600: United 2-0 Portsmouth, Premier League, 22/04/2009
Game 700: United 4-0 Wigan, Premier League, 15/09/2012