Manchester United have long scouted players from all over the British Isles – and there is no doubt that this policy has been of great benefit to the club. Indeed George Best, Denis Law, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs, who are among the finest-ever players from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Wales respectively, all wore the famous red jersey with distinction.

The above picture, of United’s squad in the 1985/86 season, depicts their faith in players from all over the British Isles. Of the 15 snapped, five are English, four Scottish, three Irish, two Welsh and one Northern Irish!