Manchester United caretaker manager Michael Carrick believes John O’Shea “didn’t get the respect he deserved”During his 12 year tenure at Old Trafford, he did not leave the club.
O’Shea signed with the Red Devils when he was just 17 and continued his career by making close to 400 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson.
The United defender from Ireland also won five Premier League titles, two League Cups and the Champions League.
O’Shea, while not the most gifted player, was a reliable performer Ferguson could always count on at the back.
Carrick believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unfairly credited for his ex-teammate’s performance and has taken temporary control of United.
“Sheasy was a great lad but didn’t get the respect he deserved outside United, except in Ireland, where he’s a legend,” the ex-England midfielder wrote in his 2018 autobiography Between The Lines.
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“That year, Sheasy played right-back pretty much every game and he was superb.
“Midfield, left-back or centre-back, Sheasy would play anywhere for the team. He understood what it meant to play for United, what it took to win and how to act.
“He was a pro on the pitch and I could see why Sir Alex kept Sheasy with United for 12 year because he didn’t have to worry about him or babysit him.
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“The boss just knew when he needed him that Sheasy was ready.”
Carrick won his first game as United’s manager on Wednesday. He secured a crucial win at Villarreal in Champions League.
The 40 year-old will also lead the team in Sunday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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However, that could be his last game in the hot seat. Reports suggest Ralf Rangnick will take over interim control of United until the end.
Rangnick, who is 63, will be moving into the director role at Old Trafford when his six-month interim management stint ends.