02/03/2014 09:42, Report by Adam Marshall
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Team of '94: Paul Parker

We continue our weekly series on Manchester United's first Double winners, the much-vaunted 1993/1994 team, by moving on to full-back Paul Parker...

Overall contribution Although primarily a centre-half at Queens Park Rangers, he made the right-back berth his own at United and played 59 times during the marathon '94 campaign. Always an accomplished defender, he relished the chance to attack down the flank and was often able to outpace his opponents.

Best performance An injury to Gary Pallister led to the diminutive Parker being asked to mark his pal Les Ferdinand. The dependable defender stuck to the QPR centre-forward, who often did well against the Reds, as United came from behind to win 2-1 and overturn Bradley Allen's opener at Old Trafford.

Key moment As part of an impressive all-round display, he contributed in the 2-1 triumph at Ipswich Town that stretched the lead to five points at the top on 1 May. Ryan Giggs' winner came when the full-back launched a throw-in into the path of Roy Keane, who crossed for the Welshman to net from close range.

What he said "While I was proud of being a United stalwart in a historic season, I knew I would require surgery on an ankle injury sooner or later – the timing was crucial. I played all those games with the fear the injury would eventually catch up with me but it was such a pleasure to be involved in a team as powerful as Manchester United at their peak. The more we won, the more I wanted to appear."

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