Sir Alex Ferguson's reputation for always getting his man also applies to his coaching staff.
The manager was therefore delighted when Eric Steele agreed to succeed the retired Tony Coton and head up United's goalkeeping department, only weeks after taking a job at Blackburn...
Tell us about, Eric…
I was born in Newcastle - I’m a Geordie and proud of it. I was one of the first to come out of Wallsend Boys Club where people like Michael Carrick, Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley came from. I played for England schoolboys before I signed with Newcastle at 18. I later joined Peterborough, Brighton, Watford and Derby.
In 1988, when aged 34, I retired and started part-time coaching at Derby. I worked at Leeds United for two years, then Manchester City – that’s where I worked with Tony Coton for the first time. When Steve McClaren joined Derby he made me a full-time goalkeeping coach from 1996 to 2001. Then John Gregory took me to Aston Villa and I spent five-and-a-half years there, then went to City again last February 2007. After Mark Hughes brought in his staff to City I went to Blackburn under Paul Ince and then United called me.