It has become an all too familiar story “George Best memorabilia up for sale – A collection of medals and trophies awarded to foot ball genius George Best are going under the hammer” This follows the recent revelation that England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles has been forced to do likewise and 35 year old former Manchester United midfielder Keith Gillespie has been declared bankrupt. All very sad but the case of Best in particular can be described as tragic.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has copped plenty of flak from some quarters for giving his trio of veterans a further 12 month contract to remain at Old Trafford. Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes all came through the Manchester United youth system under the watchful eyes of then youth team coach Eric Harrison but the man who had so much decisive input into their development firmly believes that all three fully deserve to have their careers extended.
The first thing that strikes you about Manchester United’s multi million pound, hi tech training ground is that nothing actually strikes you at all. No road signs to mark the way. Camouflaged by an electricity sub station on one side and a chemical plant on the other. Welcome to the secret world of Fortress Carrington where the combatants are groomed, honed and prepared for battle, scientifically equipped with the ultimate physical tools for the job and rewarded for their labours with Presidential style comforts.