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.