When you look are some of the most successful teams in the history of this beautiful game, they all have one thing in common, that is they have a top-draw goalkeeper. Manchester United are no different, having had some of the greatest goalkeepers ever to play the game.
When you are building a successful team, the goalkeeper position should be one of your top priorities. A world-class goalkeeper can earn you just as points as a world-class centre forward.
They are your last line of defence, a world-class goalkeeper can make saves that are out of this world and have you thinking how did he save that?
Not only that the best goalkeepers can also be used in an attacking sense by starting off attacks on the opposition, by the getting the ball out to the attacking players in his team as quick as possible.
Harry Gregg was a Northern Ireland international, making 25 appearances for his country. Gregg was voted the best goalkeeper at the 1958 World Cup, where he helped Northern Ireland reach the quarter-finals.
Gregg arrived at Old Trafford from Doncaster Rovers in December 1957 for a fee of £23,000, a world record fee for a goalkeeper at the time. He made 247 appearances for United, keeping 48 clean sheets.
Though he never won a medal at Old Trafford, Gregg is regarded by many as one of the greatest goalkeepers Manchester United have ever had.
Gregg is remembered by many as “The Hero Of Munich”, having pulled many of his team-mates out of the burning plane during the Munich air disaster. Those team-mates included Bobby Charlton, Jackie Blanchflower and Dennis Viollet.
Gregg, along with Bill Foulkes, Bobby Charlton and Dennis Viollet played in a patched up United team that reached the 1958 FA Cup Final.
Sadly though, United lost the game 2-0 to Bolton Wanderers.
Injury would prevent Gregg from winning medals as he missed the 1963 FA Cup Final and didn’t play enough games as United won the league championship in the 1964/65 and 1966/67 seasons.
Stepney joined Manchester United in August 1966 from Chelsea for a then record fee of £55,000 despite having only joined Chelsea three months earlier. He would go on to make 539 appearances in the Manchester United goal.
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