World Cup hero Morgan's United inspiration
England's World Cup-winning cricket captain Eoin Morgan has revealed Roy Keane was one of his earliest sporting inspirations.
“I started supporting the Reds at the age of 10. At that time two big Irish sporting icons played for United – Roy Keane and Denis Irwin. I suppose looking back at it, it was more Roy’s influence that lead me to supporting the team. The passion and determination he showed when playing was always evident.”
“Roy Keane. The other United players that I admired were Ryan Giggs and David Beckham. They were both class. Giggs with his unbelievable runs on the left wing and left side of midfield, and Beckham’s amazing touch.”
“It was a local derby match when I was 16. It was a prize my club cricket team in Dublin had been given – the whole team, for winning the treble. The build-up to the game was nothing I’d ever experienced before, the noise, support and genuine love for the game. The match was nothing to write home about, ending 1-1, but it will stick with me forever.”
“Everyone supports someone in both teams but probably the biggest fans of note down the years have been Steven Finn, who supports Watford, and James Anderson, who supports Burnley.”
“I go to Old Trafford about twice a year and watch when I can on the television. When I’m on tour and in a good time zone, I do get to watch matches. Otherwise, I have to settle for the online match report!”
“The 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Barcelona – epic! I watched the final in a local pub with my dad and some of his club cricket mates.”
“My favourite United goals were the two scored in the ‘99 Champions League final against Bayern Munich. After nearly 90 minutes of play, I was sure we were finished. I could never have imagined what was about to unfold. Super Teddy slotting home the first, and in what felt like about 10 seconds, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put the second in the back of the net. Two goals from two subs – genius work from Fergie!”
“Wayne Rooney. His work ethic is one thing that surprised me when I first saw him play live. His speed, power and sheer competitive nature, alongside his all-round ability to change a game no matter the circumstances, is the reason why I admire him as a footballer.”
“George Best. My all-time United legend is George Best. He was always considered to be one of the greatest players to grace the game and I would have loved to have seen him play live, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”
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