Overall contribution A model of consistency and dangerous from set-pieces, the unassuming Irishman was extremely influential from left-back. Linking superbly with the attacking players and defending resolutely, there was little more that could be asked of the shrewd signing from Oldham Athletic. The only Premier League ever-present throughout the memorable season.
Best performance The overall team display at Selhurst Park in February, when Wimbledon were put to the sword, was as entertaining as any this term. Irwin was his usual excellent self and scored a sublime third goal after a beautiful move, finishing past Hans Segers to cap a fine showing in the FA Cup fifth round.
Key moment Things were to turn around pretty swiftly but, when Irwin flighted a free-kick past Bruce Grobbelaar to hand United a 3-0 lead at Anfield with only 24 minutes gone, the away fans were in dreamland. The TV commentator famously remarked the Reds had nobody in the opposing box as Irwin strode forward and his shot explained why that was the case.
What he said "Defending is the main priority but, these days, teams are looking to defenders to give them more attacking options. We're a passing team; we seem to have the majority of the possession in matches and it enables me to get forward quite a bit. I think more or less everybody in our team can score goals and that usually shows on the goalscoring