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O’Shea: United Have Clearly Gone Downhill Since I’ve Left

Following his move to Sunderland, John O’Shea has spoken to The Irish Times about his time at Manchester United.

Did you leave United because you were looking for a change of scenery?

“No. I always said that the manager would come and tell me what games I’d be able to get and different things. That was the case. I had a year left and Sunderland came in with a four-year deal so it was fairly straightforward. It (Old Trafford) was a home from home as such because I’ve been there my whole career. But if it was going to happen, it was going to happen. Life goes on.”

What do you think prompted the manager in to thinking it was time for a change?

“I think the finals against Barcelona were a key to the manager thinking: ‘Right, I have to get energy and vibrancy back into the squad’. And that’s clearly what he’s done.”

He laughs: “I can see that they’ve gone downhill, they’re not creating any chances, they’re struggling…”

Do you have any regrets?

“How could I have regrets? No, nothing like that, not at all.”

What were your highlights?

“One or two. Just everything; the whole lot. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

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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. MG says:


    Is it real or is inception carried out by Cedars and the crew?

    Cedars you are officially Leonardo Di Caprio


    That’s it got it – we are all on an aeroplane and Sneijder is in sight – we just have to get into his dream and tell him that he has to come to OT

    But somethings gone wrong – Cedars and Costas don’t want him willie has become a wolf and now the inception crew are having a hard time having a dream amongst a dream. Only for MikeKelly12 he’s found Mrs Sneijder…


  2. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    @ Costas – I did think about name dropping there but remember the backlash when he was called a cripple which was def wrong at the time.

  3. Joe Pineapples says:

    This is painful……….again

  4. MG says:


    I thought we were signing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid


  5. Mikekelly12 says:

    If it is inception please don’t wake me up, she’s told me I can root her canal once the fillings complete!!

  6. CedarsDevil says:

    MG – I believe you are on to something! :-)

    Speaking of signings, how about Tony Montana?

  7. MG says:



  8. james says:

    TonyBee – are you fucking serious? Im stressing out now, I soo want Sneijders balls in my mouth I can taste them.

  9. Costas says:


    Well I was at the forefront of that uproar and I never believed that to be the case anyway. But I wouldn’t have had an issue with you because I know what you meant to say. Plus, if anyone can relate to Nash’s knee issues, it’s definitely Hargo. :lol:

  10. Costas says:


    If Cedars is DiCaprio, then does that make me Kate Winslet? :lol:


    Lol. He probably has about 4-5 different names in real life.

  11. MG says:


    I think we should sign Jack Bauer


    We may run out of time but are never beaten


  12. Zelh says:

    Soooo gutted.
    Now I have to see performances like the one against arsenal.
    how shall I cope with that?


  13. MG says:



    Kate Winslet Kebabapopolous


  14. MG says:


    Will your heart go on if their were no Cedars?


  15. MG says:

    Or are you both in a relationship akin to Revolution Road?


  16. Costas says:

    Days like this remind me of the Berba saga 3 years ago. Talk about being a nervous wreck. In the end, Fergie summoned his inner Al Capone and got his man. Or kidnapped his man to be exact. ;) Hughes thought he could hijack the move, but ended up with Robinho. You get what you deserve…

  17. roadkill4u says:

    JoS was a great servant to the club. Did whatever was asked of him, whenever it was asked. Started to move down in the pecking order of things and got the lifeline that will allow him to continue to play at top level and help another club in the same fashion that he did at United. I agree that players like him can make good coaches because they understand the game at so many different levels and have earned the respect of their peers by putting their nose to the grindstone.

    Good luck JoS and do us proud by taking it to our rivals.

  18. Costas says:


    Lol, yeah I can see myself going on, only to to dive into the sea and die once I’m very old. :lol:

  19. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    @ Costas. Well you know how its been say something a tiny bit controversial and your throat is threatened. Owen Hargreaves is the Kevin Nash of football except nowhere near as cool….well back in the day anyway.

  20. King Eric says:

    Well a thread about one of our greatest seravnts polluted by fucking nonsense. Well done Big John, thanks for all you have done for United. Top lad.

  21. CedarsDevil says:

    King Eric

    To be fair since O’Shea left we have had several threads about him and everyone gave their thanks and good wishes………..

    Nothing wrong with a bit of nonsense every now and then to be honest

  22. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    Big sexy Kevin Nash & the nWo would destroy the likes of Stoke. They’d find it impossible to be physical with those giants. Then again Stone Cold, The Rock & Kane did put up a decent fight.

    ah oh to be a teenager :cry:

  23. King Eric says:

    Cedars – Yes mate but its all the time nowadays. I can actually see why people say there is a clique at times. All these in jokes and not knowing who the fuck you are talking to anymore.

  24. King Eric says:

    Cedars – I aint meaning to sound a miserable cunt, just in a bad mood today. I just have to sift through so much shite just to read a good post,. Not saying mine are works of art like but far too many shit posts now full of in jokes.

  25. King Eric says:

    wingard – Nice one, that is fucking funny pal.

  26. CedarsDevil says:

    King Eric

    Never took you for being remotely miserable my friend, on the contrary…. Whilst you have a point about wanting to read decent posts I find it refreshing to have a few jokes with the lads here. Most of us have too much serious crap in our lives and at times its great to have a laugh with fellow reds…

    That said most guys here still provide a decent debate but at times people just run out of things to discuss…

  27. Skipper says:

    Mike dis he not nutmeg figo? Not raul??

  28. King Eric says:

    Cedars – Yeah fair play mate. Thanks alot. Take it easy pal.

  29. Costas says:


    The golden days of wrestling. :(


    As far as I am concerned, your throat is safe pal. :lol:

  30. Fred says:

    What a guy. All the best, John. :)

  31. slim says:

    james is fully out the close now. good on you boy. lol

  32. Zibbie says:

    ECHO, ECHO, ECHOOOOO AUGUST 31, 2011 AT 11:10
    Giles Oakley says:
    Great lad, one of the best, with a truly honourable role in the history of Manchester United, never a problem, some outstanding performances, so many good contributions, part of the glue holding the team together in hard times, part of the pleasure when the trophies came rolling in.

    I wish him well at Sunderland, and will always check match reports or watch games to check how he’s doing.

    Thanks for everything John!

    As in collage I know how to copy good shit.

  33. CROoney says:

    excellent guy and one of my favourite united players/characters! hats off to him

  34. Zombie Cucumber says:

    A great servant of the club, as SAF would say.
    Never bitched, even when the fans (and a lot of RoM commenters) would shit on him.
    I wish him well.

  35. Simon says:

    John O’Shea was one player which I was pleased to see on the teamsheet. He gave 100% each time and worked his socks off. Never a glamourous player but his versatility was invaluable to us


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