indeed prophetic. Now established in United’s first-team squad and the England international set-up, the future could hardly be brighter for the likeable young star.
Forward: Dennis Viollet (Fallowfield)
A survivor of the Munich Air Disaster, in which so many of his teammates (and pals) lost their lives, Dennis eventually recovered from the trauma to rebuild his career. Another of those players who didn’t attract plaudits in the same volume as his contemporaries, he was, nevertheless, an outstanding performer with a sniper’s eye in front of goal. Winner of league championship medals in 1956 and 1957, he scored 32 league goals in 1959/60 – a single-season feat that stands as a United club record to this day.
Forward: Brian Kidd (Collyhurst)
Some supporters would deem it heresy to include somebody who, barely six months ago, helped mastermind a title triumph for the club’s biggest rivals. But that would be small-minded and short-sighted to exclude a player who was an idol at Old Trafford long before his efforts aided Manchester City’s transformation. "Kiddo" will never forget his 19th birthday, for on that glorious evening in May 1968 he was one of United’s goalscorers in the emotional 4-1 European Cup-winning triumph over Benfica at Wembley.
Forward: John Aston Junior (Clayton)
John, an orthodox winger, was another player who was forced to operate in the shadow of the great stars of United’s great side of the 1960s. Yet on the greatest occasion that famous selection enjoyed, the 1968 European Cup final win over Benfica, it was universally agreed that the accolade of Man of the Match belonged to him. He first caught the eye in the Reds’ 1964 FA Youth Cup-winning side alongside teammates such as Jimmy Rimmer, John Fitzpatrick, David Sadler and George Best.