When they made Eric Cantona, they broke the mould.
The Frenchman was one of the most enigmatic, charismatic, chaotic and yet talented players ever to grace the Premier League.
It's no exaggeration to suggest he changed the course of Manchester United's history. Between 1992 and 1997 he helped Fergie's fledgelings win four of the five titles available during his brief but brilliant Old Trafford stay.
Combustible, principled and always entertaining, Cantona remains at United legend, more than 20 years after his sudden and unexpected retirement aged just 30.
In the latest episode of You, me and… from Football Whispers we discussed the Gallic great with the help of United fan, journalist and author Daniel Harris.