23/03/2014 16:44, Report by Adam Marshall
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Team of '94: Pallister

We continue our weekly feature on United's first Double-winners, the combative and classy 1993/1994 squad, by looking at Gary Pallister...

Overall contribution A tower of strength at the back, forging a formidable partnership with Steve Bruce at the heart of the defence. Maturing into the player everybody believed he would become, the England international was an automatic choice for Alex Ferguson and, perhaps aside from Alan Shearer's performance at Blackburn in April, he nullified much of the threat posed by opposing strikers.

Best performance United went nine points clear at the top of the table with a 1-0 victory at Everton in October and Pallister was outstanding, earning plaudits from journalists and fans alike. The diminutive Toffees strikeforce of Tony Cottee and Stuart Barlow got no change out of the big stopper.

Key moment A solitary goal came against Wimbledon in a 3-1 home win in November and, although the vast majority of his fine work was at the other end of the pitch, Pallister always enjoyed getting on the scoresheet. After being given a rough ride by John Fashanu and Dean Holdsworth, he broke the deadlock on 53 minutes by leaping above Fashanu to head home.

What he said "It's all about partnerships. Brucie and I had a few teething problems in the beginning but, with time, you get to know the strengths, weaknesses and, in general, you get to know how each other plays the game."

What others said "It’s funny really. A few years ago, the manager got moaned at for losing out on Glenn Hysen

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