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Lee Sharpe
Birthdate: 27 May 1971
Birthplace: Halesowen, West Midlands

United career: 1988-1996
Debut: United 2 West Ham 0, League, Old Trafford, 24 September 1988
Appearances: 263, Goals: 36

"My favourite goal was a backheel against Barcelona in 1994. Paul Ince won the ball and played it to the right where Roy Keane’s low cross took a deflection. The ball was going behind me and, as a defender slid in, I managed to backheel it into the bottom corner."

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27/03/2011 21:44, Report by Tony Bugby, Steve Bibby
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Red memories: Lee Sharpe

The ex-winger recalls his United career from his arrival in 1988 to his exit in 1996...

My transfer: One of United’s former scouts was living in retirement in Torquay and came to some of our games. He alerted Alex Ferguson who, along with assistant manager Archie Knox , came to watch one of our matches on a Friday night [the story goes they attended in disguise to avoid being detected]. After the match they took our manager Cyril Knowles out for a drive and refused to leave the town until they had met me, which happened the next morning. [Lee signed for the club from Torquay United in June 1988, aged 17.]

I had two United debuts. The first could be loosely described as an unofficial game, as we played Newcastle at Old Trafford in the semi-finals of the Mercantile Centenary Credit Trophy [21 September 1988], a competition to mark the Football League’s 100th anniversary. The game went to extra time before we won 2-0. Three days later, I made my league debut in a 2-0 victory against West Ham, also at Old Trafford, so I had a lot of football that week.

My favourite game has to be the Rumbelows Cup [now Carling Cup] fourth-round tie at Arsenal [28 November 1990]. We won

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