the cause that even his occasional lapses of concentration were quickly forgotten and despatched to the history file.
Midfielder: Nobby Stiles (Collyhurst)
Without doubt, Nobby Stiles is one of the most famous Mancunian footballers. Like Wes Brown, Nobby could be relied upon to always give 100 per cent for the team, and although it took him time to establish himself in the great team of the 1960s, he became equally as important as the galaxy of stars that claimed more of the headlines. His most famous career moment arrived following England’s 1966 World Cup final victory over Germany when he cavorted around Wembley with the Jules Rimet trophy held aloft.
Midfielder: Nicky Butt (Gorton)
Just like Nobby Stiles and John Aston Jnr in the great 1960s side, Nicky Butt was for the best part overshadowed in the 1990s (and beyond) by the galaxy of stars that guided United to so many trophies during his time at OT. That said, there is no doubt every single one of his teammates would have stepped forward to sing his praises as an invaluable cog in the machine. His climb to fame began as a member of the venerated 1992 FA Youth Cup team that beat Crystal Palace to claim the trophy for the first time in 28 years.
Forward: Danny Welbeck (Longsight)
The Old Trafford crowd’s craving for local lads to make the grade was sated once again when the dashing figure of Danny Welbeck burst on the scene. As a youngster he was said to possess all the potential ingredients required to have a great future in the game and his determination to succeed ensured all the predictions were indeed prophetic.