LEGENDS PROFILE

David Herd

Born : 15 Apr 1934
Signed : 01 Jul 1961
Debut : 19 Aug 1961 v West Ham (A) League
Goals total : 145
Appearances total : 265
Position: : Forward
Left United : 01 Jul 1968  

Few United players have known how to find the net better than David Herd. In seven years at Old Trafford, he scored 145 times in 265 appearances.

Herd grew up locally in Moss Side and joined his father, a former Manchester City player, at Stockport County as an amateur in 1949. He turned professional two years later, moving to Arsenal in 1954 where he bagged an impressive 99 goals in 166 matches.

In 1961 he finished second to Jimmy Greaves in the First Division scoring charts, attracting the attentions of Matt Busby, who paid £40,000 for his services later that year.

Herd scored on his United debuts in the FA Cup, the League Cup and all three European competitions, and on his third league outing for the Reds fired a brace to take his Football League goals tally to 100. He ended his first season at Old Trafford with 14 goals from 27 starts.

Herd scored twice in the 3-1 FA Cup final victory over Leicester City in 1963, before helping United finish second in the league the following season; his partnership with Denis Law yielding 50 goals. United were crowned champions a year later, and in the following season, 1965/66, Herd found the net 32 times.

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