Manchester born Paul Scholes agreed professional terms with his local team Manchester United at the beginning of the 1993–94 season. A hard working and strong running midfielder, Scholes made his first English Premier League outing for The Manchester Reds in a close 3–2 defeat to Ipswich Town at Portman Road in September 1994.
Norman Whiteside grew up in Belfast where the talented youngster was spotted by Manchester United scout Bob Bishop. Supremely confident in his powers, Whiteside achieved legendary status when he became the youngest player to net in an FA Cup Final when Manchester United overcame Brighton by 4–0 in the replay in 1984.
Londoner David Beckham joined Manchester United as a trainee in 1991 and made his first team debut a year later in a League Cup match away to Brighton. After making his league debut in a goalless draw at home to Leeds United in April 1995, Beckham helped his club to Premiership as well as FA Cup triumphs the following campaign.
Mancunian Peter Coyne agreed to a professional contract at Manchester United in the autumn of 1975. An England Schoolboys international, the precociously talented youth player went on to make his first league outing for Tommy Docherty´s Manchester United side in a narrow 2–1 defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park in February 1976.
Born and bred in nearby Crompton, Paul Edwards agreed professional terms with local team Manchester United in 1965. A talented and versatile defender, he made his first team debut for Manchester United in a 3–0 defeat against old rivals Everton at Goodison Park in August 1969 and proceeded to play over 50 matches for The Reds.
Despite being down to ten players for much of the second half, Manchester United were still a handful as they beat their longtime adversaries Liverpool 1–0 at Anfield Road in January 2005. And to top it all all, the winning goal was scored by previous Goodison Park centre forward Wayne Rooney in the 22nd minute of the derby match.
Dubliner Paddy Roche started out his goalkeeping career with League of Ireland side Shelbourne. After making over 100 appearances for The Aul Reds, the Republic of Ireland international net custodian was purchased by Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty for a fee somewhere in the region of £15,000 partly into the 1973–74 season.
Chambray-les-Tours born Mikael Silvestre started out at Rennes before moving to Inter Milan where he ultimately became a tower of strength to the club. As things turned out, the unflappable defender was bought by Manchester United for a fee of £4 million in September 1999 and made his league debut away to Liverpool shortly after.
Hailing from the town of Urai, Jose Kleberson started his career with Atletico Paranaense where the youth became one the key components in the team. His fame spread and the promising midfield player was signed by Manchester United chief Sir Alex Ferguson for a transfer fee of around £6.5 million at the start of the 2003-04 campaign.