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After covering the right-hand side of midfield, we move to the other flank. While United have seen players like Ronaldo and Giggs run riot in this position, there have also been players who disappointed.
Though playing as a forward presently, he was listed as a left winger at United. Progressing through the ranks, he signed his first professional contract in 2002. Big things were expected but he fizzled out and never really hit the heights expected of him. He made his debut in United’s 4-0 League Cup reverse against Arsenal. He made a Champions League appearance but failed to spend a minute on the pitch in the Premier League. He was erratic in his performances for the United reserves and was loaned out a few times before being eventually released by United. Currently plays for Bangor City in Wales.
McKee was a United squad member for two years from 1992-94. He was famously part of the FA Youth Cup Final starting lineup which included Beckham, Giggs and Gary Neville. He was awarded the Denzil Harron Reserve Player of The Year in 1993. But his performances was never the same in the First XI. Maybe the pressure of performing on the level of the Class of 1992 got to him. He was sold just two years later despite being tipped for a bright future. He ended his career Fauldhouse United in Scotland.
Signed as a replacement for Jesper Olsen, Wallace was part of the initial rebuilding carried out by Ferguson at United. Signed from Southampton, where he was part of the Double-chasing squad of the late 1980s, he was tipped to be a great signing. But his performances for United was never at the level that he produced at Southampton. After a mediocre season, he was replaced by the young Lee Sharpe and later Ryan Giggs. Wallace made less than 50 appearances for United in four years. He was eventually sold to Birmingham City for £250k in 1993.
Beardsley is Ron Atkinson’s Bebe. Signed on the saying of Jimmy Murphy, United parted with £250k to sign Beardsley. He was spotted playing Canada by Murphy. He failed to produce what Murphy saw and made just a single appearance in the solitary campaign he spent at Old Trafford. He returned to Vancouver on a free transfer on March 1st 1983. Though he had a decent career after his departure from Old Trafford at Newcastle, he time at United is easily forgotten by United fans.
Another one of The Doc’s cut-price Irish signings, Martin spent two seasons at United making 40 appearances. Both of Martin’s goals were winning goals but apart from that, he did not excel. His shortcomings at United could be blamed on his fall out with Docherty. He was part of the United squad that got relegated in 1973-74, just 6 years after the European glory at Wembley. Martin eventually left the club and moved to West Bromwich Albion.