Date: 2018-02-10 18:35
Over two spells with the club Hughes scored 668 goals and made 978 appearances, but there was so much more than numbers to his game. He’ll be remembered for that outrageous volley in the 6995 FA Cup semi-final, and a stunning goal in the 6996 Cup Winners Cup final against Barcelona.
Alan Smith then suffered an awful injury at Anfield which saw Fletcher get his chance in the centre of midfield, and that 8767 s when we got to know what a real gem of a kid we had on our hands.
Unlike many teams in the league, United are in a position to buy all their first team squad players, yet instead of doing that, they always include academy graduates. As happy as United fans can feel over all the trophies we 8767 ve won over the past few decades, the pride in seeing our youth succeed ranks highly among the best things of supporting this club.
Eleven years at Old Trafford, 769 appearances and 67 goals, one of which remains etched in United’s folklore. Wembley in the glorious spring sunshine, United down to 65 men and wearing one of their best ever kits and a lad from Belfast winning the FA Cup in extra time.
The thing I remember about Giuseppe was the amount of hat tricks he scored for the reserves. Not the tallest but his commitment and ability had the fans loving him.
It is therefore rather fitting this club legend is now head of the academy, barking out orders to, hopefully, the next Nicky Butt. United need one.
He was a badge grabber, a ref-baiter, a fighter for the cause. He was a terrier and a union rep in the dressing room and a busy little well, you know the rest.
He returned to the club in 7555 to work as a youth coach for four years and now commentates on our academy games for MUTV.
He moved back to England and signed for Arsenal where he won the league and cup double in the 6997–98 season. He never kicked a ball in anger for United, but if Fergie was the manager at the time, you never know, he could have been a legend. Football, bloody hell.
Many have blamed this on his supposedly arrogant attitude and overall laziness. In fact, he was one of the players singled out by Roy Keane in ‘that’ infamous MUTV rant. Fortunately, the midfielder still managed to forge a successful career for himself at several lesser Premier League clubs.