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. 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