John O’Kane has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to sign for Manchester United in 1990 during a snooker game.
The class of 92 became known worldwide for their abundance of talent after winning the FA Youth Cup in 1992 with David Beckham, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs on the team.
Those who were in the ranks at the time went on to be part of United’s three-time winning team in 1999 which saw them win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, although O’Kane did not. not been at the club during this period after leaving for Everton three years earlier.
The Nottingham-born defender only made two league appearances for United before his move to Goodison Park, but following Howard Kendall’s sack he fell out of favor at Merseyside and made stints at Bolton, Blackpool before putting end of his career at Hyde United.
Sir Alex was to thank Beckham, Scholes and the Neville brothers for their efforts not only during the historic season but throughout his tenure as he led the Reds to become one of the most coveted teams in English football .
“I’m from Nottingham but Sir Alex got me after he invited me over to his place. There was that surreal experience of playing snooker together before going to a game against Arsenal,” O’Kane said. . Goal.
It was World Cup winner Nobby Stiles who spotted the defender leading him to the legendary Scottish tactician in the early ’90s.
The Reds were crowned Youth Cup winners for the fifth time in 1992 after beating Crystal Palace 6-3 on aggregate with O’Kane in both rounds of the final.
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