Manchester United have had more than their fair share of club legends over the years.
Wayne Rooney wrote his name into the club’s history books when he bettered Sir Bobby Charlton’s club goalscoring record with a thunderbolt against Stoke City at the weekend.
Don’t even get me started on the liked of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel and even Cristiano Ronaldo.
And even when you talk about the club’s centre-backs, most jump to names like Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
One player who is undoubtedly a great at Manchester United but isn’t always recognised as such is Steve Bruce.
In nine years at the club, Bruce was a monster at the back. He won three Premier League titles under Sir Alex Ferguson and three FA Cup medals.
Bruce was a warrior, and had bags of goals in his game too. In 309 league games at Old Trafford he scored 36 times.
In Bruce’s third season at the club, Ferguson drafted in Gary Pallister from Middlesbrough to partner Bruce. So rock-solid were the pair that, in 2006, Gary Neville labelled the pair the best centre-back partnership in the club’s history.
Bruce donned the No 4 shirt and between 1992 and 1994 he wore this classic red United home shirt. Nothing short of a work of art:
The bright red, lace collar, Umbro-manufactured kit is an icon of the early 1990s football scene, and so was Bruce himself.
Even if all-too easy to take a pop at the current Aston Villa manager in recent years, Brucey was a phenomenal defender in his pomp.