|Born :||15 Apr 1934|
|Signed :||01 Jul 1961|
|Debut :||19 Aug 1961 v West Ham (A) League|
|Goals total :||145|
|Appearances total :||265|
|Left United :||01 Jul 1968|
Few United players have known how to find the net better than David Herd. In seven years at Old Trafford, he scored 145 times in 265 appearances.
Herd grew up locally in Moss Side and joined his father, a former Manchester City player, at Stockport County as an amateur in 1949. He turned professional two years later, moving to Arsenal in 1954 where he bagged an impressive 99 goals in 166 matches. In 1961 he finished second to Jimmy Greaves in the First Division scoring charts, attracting the attentions of Matt Busby, who paid £40,000 for his services later that year. Herd scored on his United debuts in the FA Cup, the League Cup and all three European competitions, and on his third league outing for the Reds fired a brace to take his Football League goals tally to 100. He ended his first season at Old Trafford with 14 goals from 27 starts. Herd scored twice in the 3-1 FA Cup final victory over Leicester City in 1963, before helping United finish second in the league the following season; his partnership with Denis Law yielding 50 goals. United were crowned champions a year later, and in the following season, 1965/66, Herd found the net 32 times. More title glory followed in 1967, but success was tinged with sadness for Herd, who suffered a broken leg in November 1966, shortly after scoring a hat-trick against three different goalkeepers in a 5-0 win over Sunderland. The injury would ultimately limit his first-team chances. Although he missed the final, he was awarded a European Cup winner’s medal for his part in United’s triumphant campaign in 1968, but two months later he moved to Stoke City. He later turned his hand to management and enjoyed spells with Waterford and Lincoln City.