Testimonial May 16th 1994 v Celtic
"Some players are big-game players ... The perfect example is Mark Hughes, he was one of the best big-game players in United's history" - Sir Alex Ferguson.
Mark Hughes joined United as an associate schoolboy in 1978, making his senior début in October 1983. By the end of 1983/84 he was established as Frank Stapleton's attacking partner, and was the club's leading scorer in both 1984/85, with a career best 24 goals, and 1985/86, when he managed 18. Bizarrely the club accepted an offer of £2m from Barcelona for the Welshman and Hughes left Old Trafford in the summer of 1986.
Ferguson brought Hughes back in May 1988, paying £1.8m. For the next seven seasons he terrorised defences at home and abroad, and although not a prolific scorer, his goals were hugely influential and as often as not hugely memorable.
Twice PFA Player of the Year (in 1988/89 and 1990/91), Hughes won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup medals with United.
The arrival of Andy Cole brought his United career to a close. He left the club in June 1995, joining Chelsea for £1.5m and later enjoyed spells with Southampton, Everton and Blackburn Rovers before retiring in 2002.
Hughes has since embarked upon a successful career in management, notably with Wales. He has had spelsl at Blackburn, Fulham, Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and is currently managing Stoke City.