Manchester United – a club with a glorious past and inspiring stories has gone through a lot to establish itself as one of the successful clubs in the world football. Many have contributed in the rise of this club and one of the names that just stares right at us while talking about the history of this club is Matt Busby.
His brilliance as the manager of the club helped Manchester United become a dominant force around the middle of the past century. With over 1000 games managed as a United manager, here are the top five players to play under Matt Busby –
#5 Tony Dunne:
Tony Dunne joined Manchester United as a 19-year old as a backup to first team players. After making his debut in 1960, he solidified his place in the squad as a left-back and went on to make over 500 appearances for the club. His commitment towards the club and the fans made him a fan favourite. One of the incidents was seen when he kept on playing with a ruptured Achilles tendon and helped his team win the 1968 European Cup. Except for this, he won two Football League First Division titles, one FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields during his time at the club.
#4 Denis Law:
A part of the ‘United Trinity’, Denis Law is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. In his 11 years at the club he scored 237 goals in 404 appearances. In just his first five seasons at the club, he scored 163 goals in all competitions. His efforts helped him land the best player award in 1964. His endeavours helped Manchester United win two Football League First Division titles, one European Cup, one FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields.
#3 Bill Foulkes:
One of the survivors of the Munich air disaster, Bill Foulkes is one of the most loved football figures in the history of the game. After the crash, the centre-back was named the captain of the club and he fulfilled his duties brilliantly. Manchester United won two Football League First Division titles, one FA Cup and one FA Charity Shield under his leadership. Not only these, Bill Foulkes scored the winner against Real Madrid in 1968 European Cup and guided his team to a European Cup win against Benfica that season.
#2 Bobby Charlton:
With 249 goals and 758 appearances in all competitions, Bobby Charlton is arguably the greatest ever English player to ever represent the club. He is also a part of the ‘United Trinity’ and his attacking prowess helped the team win two Football League First Division titles, one European Cup, one FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. The list of his individual accolades is too long to cover in a single paragraph with one Ballon d’Or, one FWA Footballer of the Year and one FIFA World Cup Golden Ball being at the top of the list.
#1 George Best:
One of the most iconic footballers of all time for various reasons, George Best is the last piece of the ‘United Trinity’. The Irishman won the Ballon d’Or in 1968 alongside one FWA Footballer of the Year award. His charisma and talent made the number 7 shirt famous at the club. He was also part of the team that won two Football League First Division titles, one FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. His unique style of playing, reliance on pace and capability of dribbling past numerous opposition players at once began a new era of football.