Regarded by Sir Alex as possibly his greatest ever signing, Mr. Consistent signed for Manchester United for a fee of £625,000 from Oldham.
Revered by the Gaffer, he was the only player who played for Sir Alex who would ‘walk into my best XI, no questions asked’ according to the man himself. Only seven players have represented Manchester United more than his tally of 529.
Hard working and humble, the unassuming Irishman was also a goal threat who hardly ever missed a penalty. If the evolution of the full-back is traced, Denis Irwin shall be credited with re-defining the role as he was among the first full-backs ever to begin venturing forward.
Irwin won 7 Premier league titles with Manchester United, along with a League Cup, three FA Cups, a Champions League and a Cup Winner’s Cup.
An indication of his contribution for Manchester United, the right-footed left-back once misplaced a pass against Liverpool that led to a goal.
Speaking at the post-match conference, Sir Alex was asked to comment on the error. “One mistake in the past 10 years isn’t all that bad”, replied the Gaffer.