Kieran Richardson joined Manchester United as a teenager and showed great promise down the left wing. He made his England début when he was 20-years-old and scored twice, seeming to be another youth product ready to make his mark at United.
However, poor form and unimpressive attitude made him unpopular amongst United fans, with him receiving jeers from some when he scored against Watford in the FA Cup semi-final in 2007 and even when he lifted the Premier League trophy later that year.
Roy Keane, who famously criticised the player following our 4-1 defeat at Middlesbrough, brought him to Sunderland where he has developed in to a left back. He is now in his fifth season at the North East club but has only returned to Old Trafford once. Richardson was sent off with five minutes to go and his team 2-1 up, before Anton Ferdinand scored an equaliser for United in injury time.
Ahead of this weekend’s game, Richardson has talked about returning to Manchester.
“Injuries have meant I have only played at Old Trafford once since I left, but going back to Manchester United is a big event for me,” said Richardson. “I played there the season before last with Sunderland and I got sent off which isn’t such a great memory! I won’t make the same mistake again because it is hard enough to play against United with eleven men, never mind ten. We know that going to Manchester United will be a hard test for us, but we’ll go there and give it a go. We’ve been to Old Trafford before and taken something from the game and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do again.”