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The 46th episode with Alex Stepney. The legendary goalie spoke about leaving Chelsea - but didn't know which team he'd be signing for. He recalled his surprise as in walked Sir Matt Busby to bring him to Old Trafford. He also revealed how he heard the tragic news about the Munich Air Disaster and how Sir Matt built a family in the years that followed. The former keeper told the tale of the European Cup triumph in 1968 and his iconic save when faced with Eusebio.
 
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The 47th episode with Diego Forlan. The cult figure was on top form as he looked back on his career in the Premier League and beyond. Diego looks back on his first days at the club, training with Sir Alex Ferguson and having to translate for Cristiano Ronaldo! He also spoke about some of his iconic moments at Man Utd - scoring against Southampton then running around Old Trafford without a shirt for the next few minutes of the game, as well as his unforgettable brace at Anfield as United beat Liverpool.
 
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The 51st episode with Andy Cole. Cole talks about the numerous confrontations he had on the way to becoming a record-breaking goalscorer and how he used those critics to spur him on. He talks about his famous relationship on the pitch with United strike partner Dwight Yorke, and why he didn't see eye-to-eye off the pitch with Teddy Sheringham. Andy went into great detail about his recent illness, the toll it took on his family and how his nephew saved his life by donating a kidney.
 
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The 52nd episode with Siobhan Chamberlain. Siobhan talks about being in awe at the size of United when she joined, and how proud she is when she sees young girls wearing her name on their replica shirts. Recently retired, Siobhan talks about the moment she revealed her pregnancy to Casey early - before she'd told some of her close family.
 
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The 53rd episode with Arthur Albiston. The three-time FA Cup winning full-back played almost 500 games for United in a career which saw him rub shoulders with George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law - right through to Sir Alex Ferguson's arrival at Old Trafford. Arthur won three FA Cup Finals at his time with Utd but reveals the guilt he felt after beating Liverpool in 1977, as he only got in the side after teammate Stewart Houston missed out through injury.
 
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The 54th episode with Tomasz Kuszczak. Tomasz talks us through his journey to Old Trafford, which involved rejecting a contract at Hertha Berlin in pursuit of a Premier League team. He also opened up on his working relationship with United legend Edwin van der Sar and the rumours of bad blood between the two 'keepers.
 
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The 55th episode with Brandon Williams. The young full-back talked about his unusual route into football, having not been interested in the game until late on in his youth before finding out he had bags of natural ability. Being a very recent Manchester United Academy graduate, Brandon also revealed what it takes to come through the ranks, citing hard work and commitment as the most important traits to see you through.
 
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The 56th episode with Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese Magnifico spoke about what it takes to be a Captain and a leader, after he wore the armband for Manchester United in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season. He revealed his football idols growing up; Ronaldinho, Iniesta, Zidane and Pirlo, plus our very own Paul Scholes. Bruno also gave us a insight into what makes him so competitive, whether that's winning games at Old Trafford or victory over his three year-old daughter at Uno - it's all the same to him.
 
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The 57th episode with Wayne Rooney. The United Legend Wayne Rooney reveals who he thinks could have out-scored him at United and who he believes will out-score him for England. He talks about what he and his family went through when he left Everton to work with Sir Alex Ferguson. And he also told us who he was determined to impress in training once he joined the club. The club's all-time top goalscorer lifts the lid on his thoughts in 2010 when he nearly left the United - he tells us which clubs were interested and the conversations that happened at the time.
 
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The 58th episode with Sammy McIlroy. The ex-Northern Ireland international spoke about how he idolised George Best when growing up in Belfast and how he regards his compatriot as the best to ever play the game. Sammy also spoke about a car accident he was involved in during his playing days - an incident that not only threatened his playing career but also his life.
 
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The 59th episode with Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Tim is only in his early twenties, but with experience in both Ajax and Manchester United's Academies, plus two Premier League loan spells, he has a lot to reflect on already. The young Dutch international talks of his experience in the Man Utd Academy, the players who helped him settle after moving from Amsterdam, and how the club teaches the youngsters about the rich Manchester United history. Timothy also looks back on his United debut against Arsenal, where Marcus Rashford scored two and Louis van Gaal took a tumble on the Old Trafford sidelines.
 
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The 60th episode with Mary Earps. Mary reveals one of the big incentives for joining up with Casey Stoney's side is the United fans, and she talks about how tough it's been this year without them in the stadium. She also tells the story of the transfer to United and how she managed to keep it a secret until the deal was done.
 
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The 61st episode with Marcus Rashford. The Manchester United forward talks about his upbringing and how it shaped the man he is today. He looked back on the times he and his mum saw homelessness in the city and vowed he would help however he could. He also talks about how he felt in the few moments of notice he got before his debut at Old Trafford, what was going through his mind before his crucial penalty against Paris Saint-Germain, and how close he feels this United side is to mounting a Premier League title challenge.
 
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The 62nd episode with Odion Ighalo. Ighalo shared his incredible journey from Nigeria to Old Trafford, and what every step meant to him as a passionate fan of the club. He also told how he would save up his dinner money to pay and watch Man Utd on TV at the weekends, his first experience with cold weather & snow in Norway, and then achieving a dream by playing at Old Trafford with Watford.
 
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The 63rd episode with Mickey Thomas. The Welshman went into great detail about parts of his career, sharing some incredible off-the-pitch moments including sleeping at Stamford Bridge, partying with George Michael and his time in prison. Mickey was also keen to get across his experience with mental health struggles and the pressures of playing at Man Utd. He revealed how it became too much for him which ultimately led to his departure from Old Trafford.
 
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The 64th episode with Leah Galton. Leah talks about her experiences in the game at Sky Blue in the United States and Bayern Munich in Germany, before she took time out to consider her career. She reveals how Casey Stoney convinced her to forget her Leeds allegiances and join her project at Manchester United. Her success since joining The Reds has seen her manager describe her as the best left-winger in the country.
 
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The 65th episode with Lee Martin. He recalls that famous FA Cup Final moment and how it kick-started Sir Alex Ferguson's trophy-laden era of dominance at Old Trafford. Lee also reveals some more humbling moments in his career, including having to get the bus back home after playing in a Man Utd game, when his car wouldn't start.
 
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The 66th episode with Harry Maguire. Harry looked back on his career and ahead to what this squad can achieve in the future. The skipper recalls playing at Old Trafford for Sheffield United in the FA Youth Cup, coming up against a young Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison. He also talks about what it means to be a leader at Man Utd and how he doesn't feel he's had a good game unless the whole team has played well.
 
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The 67th episode with Danny Webber. He talks about his experience coming through the Man Utd Academy and the demands that Eric Harrison and Sir Alex Ferguson put on him at a young age, plus a story about the time Danny negotiated his contract with the boss and had to ask about the small matter of a missing bonus payment! Danny also recalled the tragic events that led to the untimely death of his close friend and Manchester United team mate Jimmy Davis.
 
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The 68th episode with Russell Beardsmore. Russell recalls playing in the United Academy and getting the hairdryer from both Eric Harrison and Sir Alex Ferguson. He also touches on what it was like to witness the Class of '92 come through the ranks and establish themselves as the household names we know today.
 
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The 69th episode with Danny Simpson. Danny talks about his first meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson and laughs at the incredible photo taken on the day. He also talks about training alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand, and says if you couldn't handle Roy Keane's rants on the training ground, then you wouldn't be able to handle the pressure at Old Trafford. Simpson also speaks about his career after Man Utd and we hear what it was like in the dressing room during Leicester City's Premier League title win under Claudio Ranieri in 2016.
 
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The 70th episode with Clayton Blackmore. Clayton recalls the mood in the camp when the team first heard that Sir Alex Ferguson would be taking over as manager and how Fergie ended up massaging players' legs when the backroom team were short-staffed. He also looks back on some of his most memorable moments in a Man Utd shirt, with his only regret being that he left the club when he did, joining Bryan Robson's Middlesbrough.
 
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The 71st episode with Tobin Heath. The Manchester United Women's Team winger talks about her incredible international honours, picking up two World Cup wins and two Olympic Gold medals. Tobin also reveals her unique pre-match ritual to help calm her nerves before important games and hear what Manager Casey Stoney said to convince her to make the move to Man Utd.
 
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The 72nd episode with Gary Bailey. Gary recalled the incredible story of how he ended up at Old Trafford, having read about the goalkeeping vacancy in a football magazine. He told how he struggled to settle in to the dressing room at times and how it sometimes ended up in a fight. He also empathised with current Man Utd 'keeper David de Gea on the media scrutiny that surrounds the #1 shirt.
 
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The 73rd episode with Bojan Djordjic. Bojan opened up to us about his incredibly tough childhood, growing up in the Yugoslav Wars, which led to he and his family escaping to Sweden. He told how football was an escape for him both mentally and literally.
 
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The 74th episode with Mick Phelan. He revealed some of the inner workings at the training ground, why it's important for this club to bring through youth from the Academy, and how he still watches the Under 18s & Under 23s train so he can occasionally impart some wisdom. In particular, Mick reflected on Marcus Rashford's rise through the ranks and said the Man Utd striker is a prime example of how players should approach their career.
 
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The 75th episode with Daniel James. The Manchester United winger revealed what advice compatriot Ryan Giggs gave him ahead of his move to Old Trafford, where he went on to have the dream goal-scoring debut against his boyhood team Chelsea. The Wales winger also talked about how close he was to signing for Man Utd's arch rivals Leeds, but how the move collapsed in the final moments of Deadline Day.
 
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The 76th episode with Raimond van der Gouw. Raimond opened up about his relationship with Peter Schmeichel; how he joined United to learn from the Great Dane but also that there would be friction between them at times. The now PSV Eindhoven coach also spoke about his transfer to Man Utd, and how it was all kept a secret from him, up until the moment he met Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester Airport.
 
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The 77th episode with Mark Hughes. The former Manchester United striker talked through his journey to the club, and how he never wanted to leave when Barcelona took him away from the club, before loaning him out to Bayern Munich. Also hear how he enjoyed his second spell at Man Utd, winning trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson, developing his game alongside Eric Cantona, and his special relationship with the Old Trafford crowd. Hughes couldn't ignore that famous Manchester derby where both Hughes and Sir Alex went head-to-head, with the game eventually settled deep into injury time by Michael Owen. The then Manchester City boss was frank about his time at the Etihad, and why it perhaps didn't work out for him in the long term.
 
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The 78th episode with Paul McShane. The Ireland international recalled his time at United and the demands that were placed on young players very early; after winning the FA Youth Cup, the team still got an earful from Sir Alex Ferguson. He also told how his compatriot Roy Keane would be another one to give him "tough love" on the training pitch. Paul never played a competitive game for the club, as he saw the competition for his place and thought his career was best served elsewhere. He talked through his mindset at that time and how he plucked up the courage to deliver his hand-written transfer request to Sir Alex Ferguson, in person.
 
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The 79th and most recent episode with United legend, Ruud van Nistlerooy. The Dutch goal machine has a look back on his career - and his goal-laden years at Old Trafford in particular. Ruud went into great detail about his failed move to Manchester United the first time around, revealing the emotions and conversations that went on in 2000. He also spoke about Man Utd's fierce rivalry with Arsenal, how he felt in direct competition with Thierry Henry, and that missed penalty incident with Martin Keown. He also addressed the rumours about his conflict with Cristiano Ronaldo, and discusses training ground bust-ups and how things stand between the two since then.
 

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Thoroughly enjoyed the RvN episode. Probably helps that I adored him when I was younger but what a player. Fascinating listening to him talk about the first transfer falling through and all that.
 
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The 80th episode with Andy Ritchie. Ritchie looks back on a career that included two hat-tricks at Old Trafford. Andy tells how he personally wrote to all 92 clubs when he was looking to sign for a new side - plus find out where the nickname 'Stitch' comes from...
 
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The 81st episode with Christen Press. Double-World Cup winning Christen Press looks back on her incredible honours list and her first season at Manchester United. The USWNT star told what it's like to achieve such success in major tournaments and how she has brought that mentality to Casey Stoney's squad this year. Press talks about how it felt to walk out at Old Trafford and score, but that she was disappointed to not be able to play in front of Man Utd's famous fans.
 

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Thoroughly enjoyed the RvN episode. Probably helps that I adored him when I was younger but what a player. Fascinating listening to him talk about the first transfer falling through and all that.
Just listened to that - didn't know he started in midfield and only converted to striker in his 20s
 

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Just listened to that - didn't know he started in midfield and only converted to striker in his 20s
Yeah that surprised me too. Made me wonder though if that actually helped him in becoming a striker, like maybe developing his understanding and anticipation of how to play as a ruthless forward like he became.
 
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The 82nd episode with Tony Coton. Current Manchester United Scout and former club goalkeeper Tony Coton shares some great stories from his spells at Birmingham City and Watford - including a pre-season tour with Elton John! Listen to his stories of working with Sir Alex Ferguson as his goalkeeper and, later, as the club's first full-time goalkeeping coach. Tony worked with Peter Schmeichel before being tasked with finding his replacement. That eventually led to the arrival of Edwin van der Sar from Fulham and hear all about how that transfer came about, climaxing in the Dutchman's heroics in Moscow to lift the 2008 Champions League trophy.
 
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The 83rd episode with Jonathan Greening. Greening's stories from his first year at Old Trafford were incredible, particularly his paintballing session with the likes of David Beckham, Peter Schmeichel and Gary Neville - on his first week at the club! Listen to the story from Barcelona where - on the day of the 1999 Champions League Final - Sir Alex Ferguson challenged him to a game of pool to win a place on the bench that night. Jonathan also talks about finding it difficult to break in to coaching at the time of recording, but has since been named the Manager of Scarborough Athletic. Great for him!