Like Norman Whiteside before, Mark Hughes was one of United's 1980s legends, but he also played a hugely significant part in the club's return to trophy success in the 1990s.
Welshman Hughes was the typical combative forward of his generation. He signed for United after leaving school in 1980.
Hughes did not make his full debut for the Reds for three years, finally making his mark in 1983 when fellow youth talent Whiteside was moved from forward to midfield to accommodate him.
Hughes scored 47 times in 121 appearances before a shock transfer in 1986 saw him move to Barcelona, to be paired up with fellow new recruit Gary Lineker.
However, Hughes never settled in Spain and was quickly loaned out to Bayern Munich the following year.
In 1988, Sir Alex Ferguson saw the opportunity to bring Hughes back to Manchester and signed the player for a then-club record fee of £1.8 million, per The Independent.
The player then spent seven glorious seasons under Ferguson, partnering first Brian McClair and then Eric Cantona up front for United and winning trophies galore.
He also scored twice against former club Barca as United beat the Catalan giants in the 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup final.
Hughes left United for his boyhood favourites Chelsea in 1995, and after a spell at Southampton he joined Everton in 1999, where he spent two seasons.