Club legend Gary Pallister was transferred to Manchester United from Middlesbrough just prior to the 1989-90 season for a then record fee of £2.3 million. He made an ordinary start in which the transfer fee seemed to affect his form but soon began to put in the great performances he would become known for. The 6 foot 4 inch central defender went from strength to strength, forming the backbone of United’s defence for nine years winning a major trophy in every season except 1994-95.
The World Cup can provide Manchester United and England midfielder Michael Carrick with a chance to not only salvage his international career but to save his future at Old Trafford. That’s what United’s 1968 European Cup winner David Sadler believes and he has a good idea of what can happen in football. The United legend clearly recalls World Cup winner Geoff Hurst appearing out of nowhere to become a national hero in a matter of weeks.
It is not often that an end of season Manchester derby is just as important to City as it is to United but Saturday’s clash could go a long way towards deciding whether the home side can break up England’s big four. As for United, they are of course not out of the Premier League title race but even victory at Eastlands would still leave Chelsea strong favourites for the silverware.