Former full-back Colin Gibson looked back on his career in an interview first published by Inside United, the official club magazine.
The move [in November 1985, for £275,000] came about because Aston Villa shed a number of the squad, even though we had been successful in Europe a few years earlier. I was playing all over the place, but I was wanted to perform at left-back, when Arthur Albiston picked up a nasty injury. United boss Ron Atkinson [who signed Gibson] told me I’d be playing left-back, but it didn’t happen in the end, as he left a year later.
It was against Watford at Old Trafford towards the end of November 1985. It was a nervous start; even though I had obviously played at Aston Villa before, moving to a big club like United was still a little nerve-wracking, while an enjoyable experience. I don’t remember too much about it, but Alan Brazil scored in a 1-1 draw.
My favourite game
I relished scoring against Liverpool when we drew 1-1 with them at Anfield the following February. We also beat them 1-0 on Boxing Day 1986. In those days, you played twice inside two days over the festive period and we were beaten back at Old Trafford by Norwich City 24 hours
Born: 06.04.60 (age 54), Bridport, Dorset
United career: 1985-1990
Debut: United 1-1 Watford, Old Trafford, 30.11.85
Appearances: 95 Goals: 9