his chest and I used to think it might have been because the chief liked fish and chips but I don’t really know. Who knows why he did it? It obviously worked, though!
In your mind, which no.7 has had the biggest impact at United?
Eric. Eric all day long. Robbo was around when Eric came in but it was really Eric who kicked it all off. I can remember David Beckham when Eric left – he was desperate for that number seven shirt, absolutely desperate, and he did very well in it when he got it. Eric was the one that clicked everything together, though. I don’t like to say he was the final piece in the jigsaw but he was a massive, massive piece in the jigsaw, that’s for sure. He came here for a million pounds and this club will never, ever find a player as good as him for a million pounds again. Like I keep saying, he was iconic.
Do you keep in touch with Eric?
We see Eric a bit. When he’s around he goes out of his way to come in and see everybody. He’s very human, very humble and he doesn’t like any fuss: Eric’s just Eric. I have one abiding memory of Eric – I can always remember him walking into the dressing room one night and all the lads had their suits on. Eric comes walking in, he had a nice blue suit on with a lovely pair of tan shoes, and these were in the days when you’d only wear black shoes with a suit. With this he had a nice blue three-quarter length overcoat and a pink beret. If I’d worn it they’d have sent me to the madhouse but Eric looked a million dollars and I’ll never forget Steve Bruce sat on the