John Sivebaek

Born: 25/10/61 (age 52)

United career: 1986-1987

Debut: Liverpool 1-1 United, Anfield, 09/02/86

Appearances: 34
Goals: 1

21/06/2014 10:34, Report by Adam Marshall
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Once a Red: John Sivebaek

In an exclusive Inside United feature, John Sivebaek, the first player to score for the club in Sir Alex Ferguson's era, discussed his career with the Reds. 

My transfer
 It was a dream for me to sign for such a big club. United followed me for a year or so from when I’d scored against Republic of Ireland. There were a lot of clubs after me and that convinced United to come up with an offer to FC Vejle. I had offers from Germany, Holland and Belgium but it was quite an easy decision for me to sign for such a big club [Sivebaek joined in February 1986]. 

My debut
I remember it quite easily as it was on my wife’s birthday – at Anfield against Liverpool [9 February 1986]. We arrived on the bus and the window got shattered just where I sat. Tear gas was let off when we left the bus so we had to go to the dressing room very quickly. It was okay and the game ended 1-1 but I did wonder if every game was going to be like that – because then it would be very tough! But I knew Liverpool and United are big rivals and there is always a special atmosphere to these games. Thankfully, the next matches were much calmer! 

My favourite game
Of course, I remember the game when I scored my one and only goal – against QPR [22 November 1986]. It was the first win for Sir Alex [and the first United goal scored under him] so it was a special moment for me and a special memory. I’m very proud of that – the only goal I scored for United. It is part of history. 

My toughest opponent
I remember playing a few games against Wimbledon, and the way they played was really physical and very hard. The hardest game I ever had was against them and John Fashanu was up front. He was just a big, big guy. The team I wanted to beat the most I think it has to be Liverpool or Manchester City. Still the same as now. The best player I played with There are a lot to mention. Our captain Bryan Robson, Jesper Olsen, Gordon Strachan, Mark Hughes. We had different roles in the team but they were all big names and I was happy to play with all of them. 

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