Paul Ince travels to the home of his former club tonight with his current team Blackburn Rovers. Ince has progressed quickly up the managerial ladder, taking charge of a Premiership side just a few years in to his career.
He is expected to be given a rough time for the home support, after his shamelessly kissed the Liverpool badge in front of our fans after scoring a late goal against us in 1999. It was felt as though that might be the goal that denied us the league title, with just a few weeks to go and Arsenal so nearby at the top. The joy that Ince took in possibly denying his former club the title will never be forgiven by our lot.
“Charlie, what’s the score? Charlie, Charlie, what’s the score?” United fans chanted at Ewood Park this season, in reference to Sir Alex Ferguson comments over Ince being ‘a big time Charlie’.
In the 24 meetings Ferguson has had with his former players, he has been beaten on just 2 occasions, instilling fear in to Ince.
“Jesus, you’re killing me!” responded Ince, when hearing Ferguson’s record against his former players. “Alex won’t have a full side out, but whatever team he picks it will have top quality and would be good enough to compete week in and week out in the Premier League. Tevez is worth £32million and he will probably play while Nani is in the £15m bracket and will probably be involved as well. Giggsy might also play, so there will be enough quality on the pitch to do a job. But we can go there and embrace the situation in front of 65,000 people. We are playing well away from home so I am looking forward to it. The lads should be the same and if we can get the win, it can kick us on.”