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Denis Irwin

The left-back made 529 appearances and scored 33 times over 12 memorable years before leaving for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2002. He returned to the club as an ambassador after retiring and appears as a pundit for MUTV and other football shows.

Irwin may not have been a household name but his contributions to United did not go unnoticed.

Ferguson labelled him as his best pound-for-pound signing and once commented “one mistake in 10 years isn’t bad” when referring to Irwin’s back pass that led to the only goal in a 1-0 defeat at Highbury in 1995.

Irwin was never one to seek attention, but he rather quietly – and consistently – ensured United were always a tough proposition at left-back. He also packed a sweet foot for free-kicks and spot kicks.

Interestingly, Irwin was signed as a right-back but it was later impossible to tell that left wasn’t his natural spot after he had switched flanks.

Irwin won seven English Premier League titles, two FA Cups, a Champions League, a Cup Winners’ Cup and an Intercontinental Cup with United. – VV