16/10/2012 15:00, Report by Cliff Butler
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Born to wear the shirt

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 evening’s heroes. That appearance came as a left-winger, but it was as a defender that he made his name in the star-clustered side of the 1960s. He later gained fame as the first English-born player to play for the Republic of Ireland under new rules established by FIFA.

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