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What if: The Munich air disaster never took place

Arvind Sriram
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10 Sep 2016, 12:23 IST

2) Duncan Edwards would be United’s highest capped and easily their best ever player

Duncan Edwards, Manchester United
A statue of Duncan Edwards was made to remember his greatness

Most players and experts who watched Edwards play as a 21-year-old felt that he was destined for greatness. The youngster had  penned a new contract a year before the tragedy and was just beginning to show his potential. 

Edwards had played in 177 matches for the Red Devils by the time he passed away and would've easily held the record for most appearances, something which Ryan Giggs now lays claim to, with 963.

The United number 6, Duncan, also won 18 caps for England at a period where there were very few international matches. It was also very likely that he would have lifted their World Cup trophy in 1966 and not Bobby Moore. 

The lad from Dudley was touted to be the greatest ever player in the history of football and received huge praise from Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton who said, "He was incomparable, I feel terrible trying to explain to people just how good he was, his death was the biggest single tragedy ever to happen to Manchester United and English football. I always felt I could compare well with any player - except Duncan. He was such a talent, I always felt inferior to him. He didn't have a fault with his game."

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