Who is United’s most inspirational former captain?

Back in the early days, Charlie Roberts was a force to be reckoned with, making 312 appearances between 1905 and 1912. Frank Barson was a fearsome defender in the 1920s but names will become more familiar in the post-War period, starting with Irishman Johnny Carey, a bona-fide United legend.

Roger Byrne was the leader of the Busby Babes team before tragically losing his life in the Munich Air Disaster, with the captaincy being passed around in the 1960s. Iconic names such as Denis Law and Bobby Charlton took on the responsibility but quite whether they would be considered the best in that actual role, irrespective of their world-class abilities, is worth considering.

Certainly, Martin Buchan took on the role with authority, on and off the pitch, when replacing Willie Morgan and skippering the side between 1975 and 1982. For fans of a certain age, he is possibly the epitome of a United captain.


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