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NBCNEWS – Sir Alex Ferguson is known as a coach who is observant in orbiting young players. During his 26 years in charge of Manchester United, Fergie has been a highly respected coach.
The likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Paul Scholes came through the Man United academy under Ferguson’s control. They all eventually became legends of the Red Devils club.
However, not all young Man United players who were given the opportunity by Fergie immediately had a successful career.
After winning the Premier League in 2001, the Scottish coach gave 7 young players a chance. But what are their career paths like now?
We’ve seen how they fared, here they are:
7. Kieran Richardson
Richardson never established himself as a regular in Man United’s starting line-up, despite making 81 appearances between 2002 and 2007.
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The English player then joined Sunderland in search of more ideal playing minutes. Looks pretty good there.
Richardson last featured for Cardiff City in the Championship in 2016. After that, he was sidelined from football. Richardson is now without a club.
6. Danny Pugh
Pugh made his Man United debut in the Champions League win over Maccabi Haifa in 2002, but made just six more appearances for the club after that.
He left Old Trafford to join Leeds United in 2004. Pugh became part of the deal between Man United and Leeds, when the Red Devils signed Alan Smith.
The 37-year-old then played for Preston, Stoke City, Coventry City, Bury and Blackpool before ending his playing career with Port Vale in League Two. He then continued his career as a coach.
5. Darren Fletcher
One of two big success stories from this list. Fletcher recovered from a broken leg and became a regular in Man United’s midfield under Ferguson.
The Scot made 342 appearances in all competitions, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time at Old Trafford.
Injuries eventually ruined his last few years at the club, but he went on to play for West Brom and Stoke City before hanging up his boots. He is now the technical director at Manchester United.
4. Paul Tierney
Tierney won the prestigious Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in 2001/2002, but made only one appearance in the Man United first team. He featured in the League Cup defeat to West Brom in December 2003.
After being released by the club in 2005, the left-back dropped out of division and finished his career with a month-long stint at non-league side Altrincham when he was just 26 years old.
3. John O’Shea
O’Shea made his Man United debut in 1999 and enjoyed an illustrious 12-year career at Old Trafford. He played in almost every position along his journey.
The Republic of Ireland international made a total of 393 appearances for the club and produced unexpectedly brilliant moments, including a header against Luis Figo in 2003.
After leaving Man United in 2011, he played for eight more years at Sunderland and Reading before hanging up his boots.
2. Luke Chadwick
Chadwick received a Premier League winners’ medal in 2000/2001, but failed to score at Old Trafford. He only made 39 appearances during his five years at Man United.
The midfielder has also struggled off the pitch after being publicly mocked for his performance on the BBC’s quiz show ‘They Think It’s Over.’
“I don’t want to go out. I always see people,” Chadwick told BBC Sport in May 2020. “People know who I am, because I play for Manchester United. I always assumed they would say terrible things.”
“However, being a quiet, nervous kid increased that and probably hindered my growth as a person,” she said.
“I became a nice picture, and that was probably the most difficult thing. Popular TV shows – [perhatian] zoomed in, so that’s what I see everyone behind it.”
He joined West Ham on a free transfer in 2004 and spent most of his career in League One with MK Dons before retiring in 2016.
1. Michael Stewart
Stewart’s path to the first team was blocked by Roy Keane and the midfielder made just eight Premier League appearances for Man United between 1998 and 2005.
After a loan spell at Nottingham Forest and Hearts, he left Old Trafford and returned to his native Scotland with Hibernian.
The 40-year-old finished his career with a brief stint at Charlton in 2011. He then moved on to politics, representing the Scottish National Party in the British general election in 2015.
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