Iconic shirts: who is Manchester United's greatest ever No.10?

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From a teenage sensation to a returning hero: in our series looking at some of world football's most iconic jerseys, we explore the famous players to have worn the Manchester United No.10 shirt

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Stan Pearson

Manchester United player: 1936-1954

Possessing a deadly and accurate shot, the late Pearson made his name as an 'inside-forward' and became a key member of the first great United squad under Sir Matt Busby that tasted FA Cup success in 1948 and lifted the league title four years later. 

He recorded 148 goals in the Red Devils’ shirt and was Mr Reliable, missing just 13 first-team matches in seven seasons between 1946 and 1953.

Pearson passed away in 1997 at the age of 78. 

Stan Pearson (right) in a photograph from 1952

Dennis Viollet


Blessed with pace and great positional sense, Viollet scored a remarkable 179 goals in 293 United appearances – making him the club’s joint-fourth highest goalscorer alongside George Best.

One of the survivors from the 1958 Munich air crash, he proved to be pivotal in the club's rebuilding, scoring a record 32 goals in 36 games in the 1959/60 season before leaving in 1962.

He died in 1999 at the age of 65 due to cancer and is still revered by the club’s faithful.

Viollet (right) in action against Birmingham City, 1957

Denis Law


A born finisher, Law had 11 fruitful seasons with United, scoring 237 goals in 404 games (which ranks him as the club's third highest all-time scorer) before leaving for bitter rivals Manchester City.

He famously scored a goal for City against United – and didn’t celebrate – in the final match of the 1973/74 season as the Red Devils were relegated to the second division, although other results meant his former club would have been demoted with or without his strike.

He is still regarded as one of United’s best ever players.

Law alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008