Una Remember me? Players wey be say we fit dun forget say dem play for United

Danny Simpson

Just like plenty other members of Leicester title-winning squad, Danny Simpson just commot for nowhere con dey shine anyhow, as hin play hin trade with Queen’s Park Rangers for Championship two years before the Foxes’ victory. 

Simpson career start with four-year-long stint for United, wey be say hin play for all hin eight matches for the club and even for five other outfits ontop loan: Royal Antwerp, Sunderland, Ipswich, Blackburn and Newcastle. Finally, hin con commot for Old Trafford patapata when the Toon sign hin permanent deal for 2010.

Danny Higginbotham 

Una fit know Danny Higginbotham from hin time for Stoke, when Tony Pulis Potters dah time test every player wey dun before before join any Premier League club as to know whether dem ‘fit do am on cold winter night’. Hin dey notorious too as him con become Gibraltar captain for dem first-ever match as UEFA member for 2013. But na hin twilight years be dat.

For Higginbotham, everything start for Carrington where hin come from ranks for the Academy before hin play for seven matches for the club between 1998 and 2000. Hin time for United too include loan spell for Royal Antwerp as e con end when hin commot for Derby as hin go search for regular first-team football for age 21.

Gerard Pique 

Many fit dun forget am, but Barcelona superstar Gerard Pique fit dey ball wella as hin fit dey dominat United backline now. The Spanish centre-back spend four years for the club, as hin chop 23apps con win Premier League and Champions League (the first of hin four victories for Europe most prestigious competition), before hinvreturn to the Catalan outfit. 

To this day, Pique, who admit sey e go alway dey difficult for am to win competition against Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic, as hin talk am am sey hin like the club wella and manager Sir Alex Ferguson cos say na him help am during hin Old Trafford stay con let am commot go Barcelona back when opportunity showface. But as we lose Pique pain pesin wella; d tin wey con add insult to injury na the fact sey United receive just £5m for the player wey then commot go become one of the most decorated stars for our generation.

Ryan Shawcross 

Another member ontop Pulis’ Stoke gang, Cheshire-born Shawcross join United wen hin be 15-year-old. Hin just only tap ball for two matches for the club, both for the League Cup. He also commot go learn work twice, to aforementioned Royal Antwerp and then to Stoke, who then con decide sey dem go sign am ontop permanent basis as the centre-back help them seal promotion enta Premier League. 

Sir Alex Ferguson later publicly regret say hin sell commot the rugged defender as Shawcross become one of the best players for the club most successful era con even chop one cap with England. He remain Stoke captain and one of the first names ontop teamsheet for the Potters.

Adem Ljajic 

To this day, e no too clear why Ljajic, wey United acquire from Partizan Belgrade with Zoran Tosic ontop double deal for January 2009, never make am to Old Trafford. Then-United coach Mike Phelan and the player himself blame work permit issues, as the club spokesperson yarn say dem no dey satisfied with Ljajic development. For December 2009, less than one month before the Serbian con due to join hin new club, United con pull out of the deal.

But the winger no con dwell ontop disappointment of the failed dream as hin move for too long, commot carry head go Italy for dah same winter. Still only 25 years of age hin dun play for Serie A powerhouses. For clubs like Fiorentina, Roma, Inter Milan and Torino, wey be hin current club, this fit no be the last wet we dun hear of Ljajic. 

Danny Drinkwater

Manchester-born Drinkwater join the academy as hin reach nine years. Hin never make one single appearance like this for United but hin travell commot go loan for four loan stints to Huddersfield, Cardiff, Watford and Barnsley. The defensive midfielder no even dey regular for Championship until hin turn 21, so hin permanent move to Leicester, way be mid-table side for that league dah time, come as no surprise.

The rest na history: Leicester chop promotion enta Premier League, two years later dem win league. Drinkwater, one of Claudio Ranieri cornerstone players, no miss out on place for England squad for Euro 2016 but still get three caps with England ontop hin name. Last summer, United con link with £30m move for Drinkwater, wey con show how the player take use miracle transform for hin career.


For Spain, Ricardo dey far from unknown, as hin play 278 matches for country top flight for Atletico Madrid, Valladolid, Racing and Osasuna. He also dey part of Spain squad for 2002 World Cup con play twice for national team for friendlies.

Immediately after tournament finish, hin sign for United for €2.2m. Ricardo, dun reach 30 dah time wen hin move, con appeared for five games for the club, mostly for Champions League, before hin carry head go home ontop loan stint with Racing. Hin second try with United  come for 2004, but dah time season hin never get hin chance. As mata take be den, the Spaniard no con regret, ontop hin Premier League adventure: “Na lovely experience i chop wey be say na confam and e con worth am” For 2005, hin commot go Osasuna ontop permanent move to become the club starting goalkeeper for many years to come.


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