Paul Pogba will have to live up to the legacy of a heroic Irishman when he wears Man United's number six jersey
Published 09/08/2016 | 21:02
Football's longest transfer saga of the summer has finally been completed with Paul Pogba re-joining Manchester United for a world record transfer fee.
Pogba will be given the vacant number six shirt after sealing the £89million move from Juventus on a five-year deal.
Here are some past players to have worn the illustrious shirt number in the history of the club.
The 1966 World Cup winner donned the number six shirt in the famous 4-1 extra-time victory over Benfica in the 1968 European Cup final, 10 years after the Munich air disaster that claimed 23 lives associated with the club.
Moran might not be the most famous name to wear the number six shirt but he did create history in it. He became the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup final for a professional foul on England midfielder Peter Reid. The committed centre back famously won two All-Ireland titles with Dublin before joining the Red Devils, with whom he won two FA Cup medals.
Signed from boyhood club Middlesbrough for £2.3million in 1989, Pallister became a stalwart in the United backline where he formed one of the best central defensive partnerships in the history of the club alongside Steve Bruce.
He signed for £10.6million in 1998, a then-record for a defender. The move paid off as United won the Champions League trophy in 1999 as well as a Premier League title in each of his three seasons at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand broke the British transfer record in his move from arch-rivals Leeds. He only had one season wearing six, which resulted in another Premier League victory. Ferdinand switched to number five in 2003 and further success followed, winning six league titles in total, three League Cups and a Champions League during his career at Manchester United.
Brown came through the ranks at United after signing for the club's academy at the age of 12. He went on to make over 350 appearances for the Red Devils where he won two Champions League trophies, seven Premier League titles, three League Cups and two FA Cups before leaving for Sunderland in 2011 after 19 years associated with United.
Pogba returns to Manchester United for a world record fee but will he follow in the footsteps of previous number sixes and deliver trophy success at Old Trafford?