Steve Coppell began at local side Tranmere Rovers where he proceeded to play 38 league matches. Blessed with dazzling skills and electrifying pace, he was regarded as one of the most talented players to appear on the soccer stage for years and was eventually brought to Manchester United for a bargain £45,000 in February 1975.
Dublin born Johnny Giles was discovered by Manchester United scout Billy Behan while playing schoolboy soccer for his local team Stella Maris Football Club. The Dubliner rapidly matured into a fine subtle midfield playmaker and would sign his first professional contract with Manchester United at the comparatively young age of fifteen.
Gordon Hill began his rollercoaster career with Millwall where he emerged as a promising outside left under the indulgent stewardship of Benny Fenton. After spending the summer of 1975 appearing for North American Soccer League Chicago Sting, the talented winger made a move to Manchester United for a transfer fee of £70,000.
Gabriel Heinze kick started his professional soccer career with Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina before the youth went on to play for Real Valladolid, Sporting Lisbon and Paris Saint-Germain. A solid and hard working defender, Heinze eventually agreed to join Manchester United for a transfer fee of £7 million at the start of the 2004-05 season.
Belfast born Tommy Jackson kick started his round ball caeer with Glentoran before he was transferred to Everton in February 1968. While at Goodison Park, the midfielder made 32 league outings for The Evertonians and won the First Division with the club in 1969–70 before he decided to team up with Nottingham Forest in October 1970.
Barnsley born Brian Greenhoff was offered a professional contract by Manchester United in 1970 and made his first outing in a 2–1 defeat to Ipswich Town at Portman Road in September 1973. A cool and composed centre half, Brian played in the same team as his older brother Jimmy who was purchased from Stoke City in November 1976.
Laurent Blanc was born in Ales in Languedoc-Roussillon and spent the first years of his football career playing for Montpellier before he left for Napoli in 1991. He returned to his homeland the following season, however, when he joined forces with Nimes Olympique where he notched up 29 league outings during the 1992–93 campaign.
Hailing from Nelson, Mike Phelan began his professional soccer career with Burnley in July 1980 before he moved to Norwich City for a comparatively modest fee of £60,000 five years later. A dependable and versatile defender, he was brought to Manchester United for an estimated fee of £750,000 at the start of the 1989–1990 season.
A Sandgrounder by birth, Jimmy Rimmer signed his first professional contract with Manchester United at the start of the 1965–66 campaign. After making his First Division debut in a 3–0 victory over Fulham at Old Trafford in April 1968, he managed to play only 34 league games before he was loaned out to Swansea City in October 1973.
Cameroon born Eric Djemba-Djemba ignited his football career at Nantes before the promising youth was sold to Manchester United for a transfer fee of £3.5 million in July 2003. A tough tackling midfielder, he went on to make his debut for Manchester United against fierce rivals Arsenal in the FA Community Shield a few weeks later.