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.
While Manchester United defender Wes Brown admits to being disappointed on missing out on Fabio Capello’s provisional 30 man England World Cup squad, team mate Gary Neville was under no illusions of how tough it would be after not being part of the squad for a year. Despite United boss Sir Alex Ferguson pushing for Neville’s international recall, Capello chose to ignore him, opting instead for Liverpool’s Glen Johnson as the only specialist right back.
England manager Fabio Capello must have most of the 23 man squad for South Africa already penciled in by now but there is one position which is still up for grabs – and it may well end up going to the 35 year old Manchester United veteran Gary Neville whose claims are being backed by none other than England’s 1966 World Cup winning right full back George Cohen.