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Top 10 greatest Manchester United midfielders of all time

A nostalgic walk through the Old Trafford corridors to have a look at the greatest United midfielders of all ages.

Top 5 / Top 10 07 Oct 2017, 15:10 IST

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Old Trafford: The Theatre of Dreams

Since the evolution of football as a sport, English champions Manchester United have made their name as one of the most famous and successful clubs around the globe. From the golden ages to the calamitous dark winds that have blown in and out of the club, Old Trafford has endured it all.

The lush green home of the champions is a well-known fortress in Europe. Many great players have entered through those reddish tunnels and have bowed out as absolute legends. While these giants have stamped their authorities in the shelves of history, their exploits have helped The 'Theatre of Dreams' gain a reputation as a fearsome venue for the adversaries.

Manchester United has been home to some of the greatest midfielders ever to play the game. Out of the countless legends to have donned the famous red shirt of Manchester, here are some of the midfielders who have remained as a bedrock to United's glittering history throughout the ages.

#10: Duncan Edwards

Duncan Edwards: An unfulfilled promise in the Busby Babes

A player who could have been an unparalleled legend, but fell prey to his profane destiny, remains an unfulfilled promise. No tightest corner at the Theatre of Dreams will ever forget the sheer elegance of Big Dunc and his monumental playing style. The most shining jewel that Manchester United flaunted during the Busby Years, Edwards will always remain a sad, yet a beautiful enigma of the doomed Babes.

To tell the truth, Duncan Edwards was as if born to be the omnipotent force on a football pitch. Albeit he is remembered as a defensive midfielder, it was a crime to limit him to a single position. The world had never seen and shall never see a better versatile player than the boy from Black County.

Edwards displayed his protean style of play when he once played as a striker in the first half and later slotted in for an injured defender in the second. Apparently, the great Sir Bobby Charlton was quoted saying that Duncan made the others feel like pygmies on the pitch. If it hadn't been for the disaster, Pele would have had a worthy competitor in Edwards.

In his short five-year spell, Duncan Edwards notched 21 goals in 177 appearances, winning 4 trophies for the club. In recent times, Sir Bobby stated that Phil Jones reminded him starkly of the English midfielder. Mysterious, isn't it? The fact that Jones was born on the same date Duncan Edwards passed away?

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