A glittering array of stars took to the pitch at Old Trafford this week in 1975 in a line-up any United manager would envy.

The occasion was the testimonial match for tenacious midfielder Pat Crerand, who enjoyed a brilliant career with Celtic and the Red Devils.

Playing alongside the Scottish international were United legends George Best, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Nobby Stiles. The manager was, of course, Sir Matt Busby.

Crerand pictured on touchline, January 1970

Crerand pictured on touchline, January 1970

Also in the team were David Sadler, goalkeeper Alex Stepney, Brian Kidd and Shay Brennan. Completing the line-up were David Herd, Francis Burns and Tony Dunne.

Busby’s powerful team that night called themselves the European Cup Winners, recalling the unforgettable evening at Wembley in May 1968 when they beat Benfica 4-1 after extra time.

Their opponents at Old Trafford were the United team of the day.

Hotshot David Herd takes speed test, January 1967

Hotshot David Herd takes speed test, January 1967

The honour of leading the side out went to Crerand himself, who built a reputation for tough tackling and accurate passing – particularly to team-mates Best and Charlton.

He made 401 senior appearances for United from 1963 to 1971, scoring 19 goals.

Crerand made his debut for the Red Devils against Blackpool on February 6th 1963 – the fifth anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

Shay Brennan with Euro Cup, May 1968

Shay Brennan with Euro Cup, May 1968

His club record is outstanding. He helped United win the league championship in 1965 and 1967, the FA Cup in 1963 and the ultimate club prize – the European Cup – in 1968.

He won 16 caps for Scotland and was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in November 2011.

After retiring as a player, Crerand remained at United to become assistant manager under Tommy Docherty in 1972. He left the club in 1976 to take charge of Northampton Town.

Francis Burns and Law at airport, September 1968

Francis Burns and Law at airport, September 1968

Crerand’s United team-mate David Herd was renowned for having one of the hardest shots in football – and even took part in speed tests in Birmingham in 1967.

The Scottish international forward made 265 appearances for United, scoring 145 times – an average of 0.54 goals per game.

One of his proudest United moments was scoring twice in the 3-1 FA Cup Final victory over Leicester City in 1963.

Tony Dunne on weights, January 1970

Tony Dunne on weights, January 1970

He also scored past three different goalkeepers in one match when United beat Sunderland 5-0 at Old Trafford in November 1966. Herd bagged four goals and Denis Law one.

Irish international full-back Shay Brennan made his debut for United against Sheffield Wednesday on February 19th 1958 – the first game after the Munich air disaster.

He scored twice on an emotionally charged night and went on to make 358 appearances for United. He joined Waterford United in 1970.

David Sadler chatting to Best and Stepney, July 1972

David Sadler chatting to Best and Stepney, July 1972

Born in Wythenshawe, Brennan was the first footballer to qualify to play for the Republic of Ireland through his parentage. He won 19 international caps.

Talented left-back Francis Burns joined United in 1965 after captaining Scottish Schoolboys. He made 121 league appearances, scoring six goals.

He played in six games in the 1968 European Cup campaign, but lost his place in the final to Brennan. His time at Old Trafford as dogged by injury as he underwent three cartilage operations.

Crerand playing football with kids in street, January 1960

Crerand playing football with kids in street, January 1960

Republic of Ireland full-back Tony Dunne signed for United from Shelbourne for a fee of £5,000 in October 1960.

He made 530 appearances In his 13 years at the club – a record bettered by only seven other players.

Dunne joined Bolton Wanderers in 1973 and helped them become Second Division champions in 1978. His manager at Bolton was former United player Ian Greaves.

One of the most versatile footballers in the reunion team was David Sadler. The skilful central defender was equally at home in midfield and could even play as a forward.

He made 272 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 27 goals. He also won four England caps.

Sadler left United in 1974 to join Preston North End, who were managed at the time by his former United team-mate Bobby Charlton.

Crerand testimonial line-up, November 1975

Crerand testimonial line-up, November 1975