Club statistician and proud Mancunian Cliff Butler has been coming to Old Trafford for more than half a century.
Plenty of players have caught his eye down the years, but he admits he gets a special buzz from seeing local lads pull on the famous red shirt.
Here, Cliff selects his greatest XI from the multitude of Mancunians – that means nobody from satellite towns such as Bury or even Salford, by the way (hence the omission of the likes of Paul Scholes and Gary Neville) – who have represented the club since 1878.
You can click on the main picture above to launch an image gallery of all 11 players.
Goalkeeper: Jack Crompton (Hulme)
One of Manchester United’s greatest servants, Jack was Matt Busby’s first-choice goalkeeper in the years following the end of the Second World War. He was a member of the 1948 FA Cup-winning side that closed the gap on the 37 years without a major trophy. A fitness fanatic, he later became trainer to the fabulous United team of the 1960s and even did a brief spell as caretaker manager on the 1982 close-season tour. Approaching his 91st birthday, he still supports his beloved United and, along with wife Sheila, is a regular at United’s fixtures.
Defender: Shay Brennan (Wythenshawe)
Made his first-team debut in the emotionally-charged atmosphere of the club’s first match following the Munich Air Disaster, the FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday in which he scored twice to emerge as one of the