Former Manchester United defender Mick Duxbury chooses ‘his’ United side.
The very nature of the question is something that Duxbury – a legend in his own right – often tries to avoid but in this series for RetroUnited.com we managed to nail down something of a choice.
‘The reason I’ve never done it is because I played with so many great players that I’d feel terrible when it came to leaving someone out,’ he admits. ‘To narrow it down seems like an exercise I’d rather not do because not only did I have the fortune to play with some superb players, I trained with many more that I would feel awful not to include.’
Still, Duxbury, who played more times than anyone else for United in the 80’s, is able to provide some selection in this category.
‘The closest thing I can do is name the team that first springs to mind when I think of the Man Utd team I played in,’ Mike says. ‘And that would be Gary Bailey in goal, me at right back, Paul McGrath and Kevin Moran at centre half and Arthur Albiston at left back. On the right hand side I would have Stevie Coppell, in midfield, Bryan Robson and Ray Wilkins and on the left hand side, Arnold Muhren. Playing on the left, I would have Norman Whiteside and I’d cheat by having either Frank Stapleton or Mark Hughes up front.’
Nine of that eleven were in the starting line up for Manchester United’s FA Cup win against Brighton at Wembley in 1983.
Duxbury’s autobiography is available on October 1st and is released with Pitch Publishing. You can pre-order through Amazon here.
Our readers’ best XI is still being decided on the RetroUnited pages. The votes for the defenders are now over but the midfielders, wingers and attackers are still open. Visit RetroUnited.com and navigate for more information.