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Gary Pallister possessed all the attributes of a superb center-back. He had excellent aerial ability and domination,he had pace as quick as any striker and he had good ball control (especially for someone so tall). For nearly six years his partnership with Steve Bruce became almost legendary,a defensive duo United may never be able to better,such was the communication and understanding between the two at the heart of United's defence.He was Britain's most expensive defender at one time, £2.3 million and he proved to be a gem worth every penny.
Ideed, Pally became a truly majestic, all-round central defender, a formidable rock on which United's defence was built upon until the late 1990s. In the air he was well- nigh impregnable, his massive presence subduing attackers psychologically as well as physically; on the ground he controlled the ball deftly with either foot, passing it accurately and intelligently, and was capable of carrying it past opponents with the imperious manner of a latter-day Alan Hansen.
Although it was his excellent defensive displays that helped Manchester United to the league title along with Steve Bruce at the heart of the defence, forming one of the best central defensive partneships in the club's history, in the 1992-93 season, he scored a memorable goal in the final home game of the season against Blackburn Rovers. Into stoppage time, with his team winning 2-1, he stepped up to drive a free-kick into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area. It was his first goal of the season and just about summed up an incredible season for Manchester United.
The final season Pallister played for Manchester United was the 1997-98 season in which Manchester United came second in the league table, losing by one point to Arsenal.
During his time at Manchester United, Pallister won three FA Cups, four Premier League titles, one League Cup and one Cup Winners' Cup.
Transferred back to Middlesbrough in July 1998 (his departure from Old Trafford at least partly prompted by United's acquisition of Jaap Stam), he scored one goal in 55 League appearances, as well as appearing in two FA Cup matches and four League Cup matches.
His final playing season, in which Middlesbrough finished 14th in the table, was season 2000-01.
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