Ireland international defender John O’Shea will celebrate his 10th year as a senior player at Old Trafford this week when Manchester United host Bolton. O’Shea made his United debut in October 1999 in Aston Villa League Cup defeat at Villa Park.
Sir Alex Ferguson will hand O’Shea,28 years old, the captain armband to celebrate his longevity after he did the same in the opening game against Birmingham.
“I don’t want to look back on my Manchester United career,” he said. “Fingers crossed there is lots more to come. I knew if I was going to leave United I would have a great grounding. The education was terrific, not only in terms of football, but maturing as a person.
“But when you look back, I guess everything has worked out okay so far. Long may it continue.”
“I used to think I was quite young. Obviously you know the years are ticking by because of the age of the lads coming into the squad and the amount of games you have played.
“I have been fortunate enough to be captain as well. You know you are maturing and getting that bit older.”
Long live John O’Shea!