You know the sort of bloke in the school team? The one who had bugger all going for him, yet when the team experienced success, he was suddenly Billy big bollocks of the changing room. The one to pipe up at any opportunity, acting as if he was adding to the team.
Look no further than former Manchester United midfielder, Anderson, as just that sort of bloke. The one who harps on about all the achievements he had in his career, when really, it was the team and the manager carrying the Brazilian. The midfielder has now shown his true colours, by completely unnecessary comments over Steven Gerrard’s retirement, when speaking to ESPN Brazil…
“I won everything at the club [Man United]. I won four Premier Leagues… A player like Gerrard, a player who has history in world football, didn’t win one. And I achieve four playing for the club.
“I was world champion at the club. I was Champions League champion. I played three Champions League finals for the club.
“When I arrived at the club, all the players embraced me. They always joked with everyone. The guys there are very nice. To this day, I’m passionate for that club. It’s the number one in the world for me.”
I mean, really mate?! How necessary are those comments? Fair enough, you might – unfairly – have a stronger CV than Stevie G, but to put you in the same bracket as the Englishman would be like tarnishing Bambi on ice himself, Andy Carroll, in the same bracket as Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Why’s the lad even commenting on the retirement of Gerrard? It hasn’t really got anything to do with him, and after trying to knock people out in training, and requiring a gas mask to play over in Brazil, we don’t really think the former United man has any right to be calling out Stevie G, and his missing Premier League titles.
However, legend of the game, social media guru, captain of banter; whatever superlative you want to use for, Patrice Evra, has taken a different spin on his former rival’s retirement. Even with Evra’s past controversies with Liverpool – ahem, Luis Suarez – the Frenchman still has the dignity to sing Gerrard’s praises and congratulate him on his career.
What a compliment from the Juve man, and from a player who has a credible rivalry with Stevie G, after being part of the firm backbone to United’s ridiculously successful period prior to David Moyes and the like. We don’t think, Paul Scholes, will take too kindly to the comments; but, with Evra’s banter and general all-round attitude, it’s probably hard to stay mad at him for too long…
Take a trip down memory lane for 12 of the greatest Man United moments…
Everyone can remember that chip against Sunderland from King Eric. Everything about the goal, the flight time of the ball to the celebration of the Frenchman was nothing short of poetry. The look from United’s no. 7, and the hoist of the collar just about summed up the football renegade in 30 seconds. Image Source: Twitter
If people ask, are Liverpool, Man United’s greatest rivals? You only have to look as far as that Gary Neville celebration against the Merseyside club. Whether he was right or wrong, you couldn't help but let out a wry smile when G Nev celebrated in front of the Liverpool fans. It led to the United captain being charged £5,000. But, who could blame the right-back? Rio Ferdinand’s last-minute winner against Liverpool, no doubt made the fine well worth it. Image Source: Twitter
Robin van Persie
Lol RvP doesn't start for Fenerbahce now. Image Source: Getty
’20, times, 20 times…’
This is an odd choice, but one Man United fans may never forget. The Reds were 3-0 down at Old Trafford, to LIVERPOOL, under David Moyes. Could there be a worst case scenario? You'd usually expect to hear a load of Mancs swearing to the away end, or ripping their chairs out. However, the Stretford End instead sang ’20 times, 20 times…’ for around 10 solid minutes. An amazing moment, in which history and tradition outweighed getting turned over 3-0 by the biggest enemy on home soil. Incredible. Image Source: Twitter
Welcome to 'Fergie Time'. The old boy was known for his ferocious watch-tapping as he chumps on the gum harder than a raver at some grimy festival. Big Stevie Bruce’s winner against, Sheffield Wednesday, seven minutes after the whistle had gone, to clinch the title, is the best possible introduction to the famous 'Fergie Time'. Brian Kidd’s celebration on the touchline wasn’t bad either. Image Source: Twitter
Who could ever forget the Scot's famous line in 1995, “You'll never win anything with kids”. We often see pundits eat their own words, but nothing has quite topped Hansen’s rant, followed by the infamous line. How wrong the pundit could be, as the ‘kids’ went on to a memorable title. Image Source: Twitter
"Nani crosses the ball from the touchline, and it's Rooneyyyyyyy!" Image Source: Twitter
Man United 8, Arsenal 2
The image of Fergie almost looking apologetic, and consoling Wenger on the touchline after the game was one of the pictures of 2011. Image Source: Twitter
One of the ‘kids’. The one leading the pack with a new haircut every day. That weekend against Wimbledon, the golden curtains decided to score one of the most famous Premier League goals ever. Image Source: Twitter
After Fergie coined the blue-half of Manchester, the Noisy Neighbours, what better way to silence them through a Liverpool legend - step up, Michael Owen. Image Source: Twitter
To be fair to Arsenal, the ‘2004 Invincibles’ was probably the best ever Premier League team. To go a whole season undefeated, highlighted the balance and brilliance Wenger had at his disposal. However, all that had to come to an end, and of course, it was at Old Trafford. The 2-0 victory for the Red Devils ended in real drama, with Cesc Fabregas, throwing Pizza at the United boss, and about a 22-man brawl in the tunnel. They don’t make rivalries like this anymore! Image Source: Twitter
Fergie’s last game at Old Trafford won’t be remembered as a classic, a 2-1 victory against Swansea. But the guard of honour, to the boss’s speech was an overwhelming occasion for United fans. A real moment of history at Man United, as the league waved goodbye to its greatest ever manager. Image Source: Twitter