Five things we learned from Maysie's podcast
The latest UTD Podcast is out now and stars former Red David May, who in this episode ditched his usual role as an MUTV pundit to reflect on his time at United.
THE SIZE OF MANCHESTER UNITED
“Our first pre-season tour was to the Far East and it was bedlam. I could not believe how big that club is, you don’t realise until you’re in it. We went to Hong Kong once and we weren’t allowed down to the lobby, they had to have security so no one could come up the stairs and bother you. There were maybe 1,500 or 2,000 people in the lobby, so you could not go anywhere. I found it weird because when I was at Blackburn we went away to Norway or Sweden and there would be two men and a dog watching you. Nobody was there."
“I’ll give you two: ’96 against Porto, I scored my first goal and we won 4-0. We were the underdogs and we battered them. I’ve never had hairs stand up on the back of my neck like the atmosphere that night. It was incredible. I remember a flare was thrown onto the pitch and scorched it. The other would be beating Spurs at home in the year of the Treble. We had to win on the last game of the season. The manager always said you want to win the league at home, and we did it, having gone 1-0 down.”
“When he came in you thought ‘who is this kid?’. But he was like an assassin. I think he’s the best finisher I’ve ever seen. We were lucky in ‘99 to have [Dwight] Yorkey, [Andrew] Coley, Teddy [Sheringham] and Ole. He was a great lad, he was very humble. I got on well with Ole. Having watched him in training and playing against him, you knew he was something special. I’m not just saying that because he’s the manager. Actions speak louder than words and the goals he scored for this club were amazing.”
“You do form partnerships and understandings. The more you play with someone, the more you understand their game. You learn off each other. You know their weaknesses, you know their strengths. I used to like playing with Pally [Gary Pallister]. He was the laziest man alive but playing alongside him was great. You used to let him win every header and then I became the lazy one! I don’t think over a certain distance anyone could get the better of Pally, not even [Ryan] Giggsy. Those 6”4 gangly legs. His diet wasn’t always the best, but on the Saturday he was phenomenal. I also enjoyed playing with Ronny [Johnsen], we just had a really good understanding. I maybe enjoyed playing with Ronny the most.”
TREBLE REUNION GAME IN MAY
“Just being in the dressing room with those lads was really special. Obviously, it was 20 years since that heroic night and you’d never have known Ole would go on to be manager. Becks [David Beckham] came over, I haven’t seen him for 15 or 16 years. Just to get everyone in that dressing room again, slandering Albert the kit man as we did, everyday. It was great to be back and to get 70,000 fans was fantastic. Becks looked as if he’d never been away! I played in the role where you don’t have to run. I played in a charity game six weeks before and tweaked my achilles and I didn’t think I’d be able to play. But Teddy [Sheringham] was complaining about his calf, so I went in and played in his role.”
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