The Manchester United record-breaker you’ve forgotten all about

Remember that strange time at Manchester United, after Peter Schmeichel had departed and before Edwin van der Saar rocked up at the club?

It was a period of mediocre-at-best goalkeepers (with the exception of Tim Howard), with a few being truly awful.

But there is one goalkeeper who you may be forgiven for forgetting he ever played for United.

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Nick Culkin was United’s youth option (along with Paul Rachubka) when Marc Bosnich and Raimond van der Gouw were battling for United’s No 1 spot.

The reason you may not remember Culkin is that he holds a record that few would want to take off his hands.

The York-born stopper’s Premier League debut – against Arsenal in August, 1999 – is still the shortest in the competition’s history. Culkin made his only league appearance for United in stoppage time at Highbury, replacing Van der Gouw at the death.

After failing to break into United’s senior squad, Culkin spent time at Hull City, Bristol Rovers and Queens Park Rangers before winding up at FC United of Manchester, where he’s still plying his trade.

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