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.
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].
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.