6 Greatest Manchester United One-Game Heroes

Max TowleAnalyst IAugust 14, 2013

6 Greatest Manchester United One-Game Heroes

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    Manchester United has produced its fair share of club legends.

    The likes of George Best, Bobby Charlton and Eric Cantona are names that roll off the tongue.

    But what of the players whose legend is based on a single moment of glory in the famous red shirt?

    This article will present the six greatest Manchester United one-game heroes.

Mark Robins

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    Many believed for some time that Mark Robins' FA Cup third-round winner against Nottingham Forest in 1990 saved Sir Alex Ferguson's job.

    Addressing the rumour, Robins once told the BBC: "Nobody will ever know and I am pleased it never came to that and he was able to fulfill his destiny."

    Sir Alex refutes the claim, saying: "The goal at Forest was an important goal, don't get me wrong, and who's to say what would have happened without it, but I don't think it saved my job" (via The Telegraph).

    Either way, the moment earns Robins cult status at Old Trafford, despite him only scoring 11 league goals for the Red Devils.

Diego Forlan

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    Diego Forlan scored several key goals in the 2002/03 season, but his double against fierce rivals Liverpool stands head-and-shoulders above the rest.

    Liverpool keeper Jerzy Dudek may not have had the best of games, but that should not take away from Forlan's glorious moment.

    The Uruguayan had come in for heavy criticism early in the campaign for his lack of productivity.

    Fans still sing his name at Old Trafford, even if the forward's United career didn't last too long.

Federico Macheda

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    The hype surrounding Italian striker Federico Macheda after his late winner against Aston Villa in 2009 was unbelievable.

    Few had heard of Macheda before his debut goal, a strike that proved crucial in the side's chase for Premier League glory that season.

    It was an undeniably class goal. Old Trafford has rarely exploded into more jubilation.

    Macheda has done little to justify the hype since. Unsuccessful loan spells and underwhelming performances means he will be extremely lucky to ever play again for the Red Devils' first team.

Henning Berg

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    Norwegian defender Henning Berg was one of the more anonymous members of Manchester United's treble-winning squad in 1998/99.

    But in one crucial game, he came up with a vital moment of genius.

    The Red Devils were facing Inter Milan in a Champions League quarter-final clash at Old Trafford, and desperately trying to prevent the Italian side from scoring an away goal.

    At one point, Francesco Colonnese broke free of Peter Schmeichel and had a seemingly open goal to aim at.

    Up popped Berg to make one of the great goal-line clearances in European football history.

Lee Martin

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    Lee Martin had a solid Manchester United career, making more than 70 league appearances for the club.

    But the full-back is primarily known by fans of the Red Devils for his FA Cup-winning strike in the 1990 final replay.

    The trophy was Ferguson's first at Old Trafford, and a crucial springboard to later Premier League glory.

    Martin's goal will long live in the memory of those United fans who witnessed it.

Michael Owen

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    Few knew what to expect from Michael Owen when he signed for the Red Devils in 2009.

    Over the course of his Manchester United career he played very little, and scored only five Premier League goals.

    But the one defining moment was his late, late winner in the Manchester derby in a 4-3 thriller at Old Trafford.

    Some players make over 100 appearances for United and never have such a memorable moment to put on their resume.

    Owen is another one-game hero in the club's history books.