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O’Shea: Huge Honour To Captain United

With Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand all out of the starting line-up which faced Birmingham on Sunday, John O’Shea was chosen as captain.

O’Shea says he will always cherish being named captain for our first game of the campaign but knows he will have to work hard to get in the starting team this season.

“It is a huge honour to captain Manchester United,” he said. “It is nice to do it in pre-season but to be captain for the first game of a new season is something I will always cherish.”

O’Shea knows that whilst he is likely to get lots of games this season, there are very few players who are guaranteed a spot in the starting line-up.

“Manchester United have such a big squad, you know there will be times when you are not playing,” he added. “There are probably only a handful of lads who know, if they are fit, they will play. Even halfway down the Premier League, competition is fierce. Most squads have 11 or 12 internationals so you just have to cope with it the best way you can.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. aig alex is god says:

    had a great end to last season.gave some good displays.never has a bad game but never gets the praise he deserves.It wud be an honour for anyone to captain United.O shea deserves it after all these years at the club.never complaining abt being on the bench and can play anywhere in defence.he wud be a regular starter in any club outside the top 4 or 5

  2. venu says:

    Good to see a proper United “squad” member being captain. Our success over the years has been influenced by players of his Ilk as much as the cantonas and the ronaldos.


    John O Shea has a knack of reminding us that he can score important goals against the big clubs just when we have forgotten.
    He is a true squad player and always gives 100%.
    Gotta love Sheasy!

  4. diffeReds says:

    What do you think about Vidic & barca news Scott :s

    And i’m not suprised for O’Shea he deserved this.He doesn’t have an athletic body but he is working.

  5. aig alex is god says:


    vidics agent has denied the barca speculation.

  6. Costas says:

    Hi guys! I love this player. Such a positive attitude.

  7. oneunited says:

    good to see him lead united…one of the most committed united player who never moans about lack of oppurtunities

  8. Devilton says:

    Can Barca really afford the 35 million that Vidic is worth? Hell, if I was SAF I’d ask for 35 million plus Yaya Toure. See if Barca is really going to stump up the cash for their man.

    Don’t think it will happen (or hope it doesn’t) anyway. Vidic is vital for #19, and with our defensive injury woes we can’t afford to have him wanting away.

  9. Marley says:

    i like john o shea

  10. aig alex is god says:

    a tribute to the greatest centre back in the world
    Nemanja VIDIC

  11. Gudjohnsen says:

    O’Shea is a good lad and a great asset to have in the squad. It’s nice to see Fergie rewarding his loyalty with the captain band when we have our regular captains out. But I reckon Rio should be our first captain this season, mainly because he plays much more games than Gary and Giggs and we need a captain that’s always in the starting lineup.

    Regarding Vidic and Barca, his agent has today denied those rumors and said he’s happy at Manchester United. A few months ago when similar rumors were in the papers the agent said that if Vidic ever had a problem at Man Utd he would talk to Sir Alex and not the press, so I guess we can take it easy.

  12. Tony Starks says:

    The Vidic thing looks like the cassic case of agent making moves to improve the players contract.. but of course big teams would be interested in him.

  13. wazza (Bezi) says:

    i love Sheasy’s smile :-)

  14. BombayRed says:

    gotta love sheasy. i’m glad he broke out of his initial leftback role to become the go-to player whenever and wherever united have needed him. seriously this man deserves every single accolade he gets.

    kept goal against spurs and brought on as a forward to score THAT goal at the kop end and played everywhere in defense and midfield. can anyone think of any other player in today’s era who has quite literally played every single position on a football pitch? he deserves hero status.

  15. willierednut says:

    Id wud give fletch the armband cud be the making of em just like it did wiv keano.

  16. denton davey says:

    What did Churchill say – “we’ll fight them on the beaches, we’ll fight them in the fields, we’ll fight them in the streets but we’ll never, never surrender” ? I get the sense that John O’Shea brings that warrior spirit to the team. He’s like Wayne Rooney and Wes Brown in the way that his on-camera personality seems so milquetoast but on the field he’s a really competitive monster. A while back Pat Evra was quoted as saying that SAF likes to recruit kids from “hard backgrounds” because he believes that they can be counted on when the going gets tough. John O’Shea fits in perfectly with that assessment. He’s a battler who also knows – from his own experiences – that form is temporary but class is permanent. I’m a huge fan precisely because, like RedNev, this is a guy who has played a valuable role at the highest level without having the inherent skills of someone like Rio Ferdinand.


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