Michael Carrick will son be getting a testimonial at Manchester United and he’s been at the club since 2006 when he signed on from Tottenham for a cool £18M.
Ferguson also managed Bryan Robson who was born in Chester-le-Street and Bryan started his career at West Brom before joining Manchester United in 1981 as a 24 year-old.
Sir Alex Ferguson has talked about some of the Geordies he has managed and have played for the Red Devils.
Sir Alex Ferguson praises Michael Carrick and the Geordie character
The most famous has to be the great Sir Bobby Charlton from Ashington – one of the best footballers England have ever produced.
Sir Alex has talked principally about Michael Carrick and his testimonial coming up but has also praised the George character of players.
This is what Ferguson has said on the Manchester United’s official website about Carrick:
“From the minute we bought him in 2005, his character has always been absolutely outstanding.”
“He’s a football man and that character, plus his ability, made him a certainty to be a big success here, absolutely.”
“It’s interesting with his profile as, when we were discussing him and were ready to make a bid, we were looking at the background of him.”
“One of the things that stuck out to me was as a young boy, 16 years of age, he goes down to play for West Ham.”
“That shows the boy had confidence he was going to make it.”
“A 16-year-old kid going way down from Newcastle to east London, that’s a trek, and it epitomized to me the confidence the boy had in himself.” “That impressed me, that.”
“Geordies do travel. You think of Alan Shearer at Southampton as a kid, Bryan Robson as a kid at West Brom, Sir Bobby Charlton came here when he was 15 years of age.”
“So, they have got a big thing about them, Geordies, in terms of travelling as they want to be players.”
“It’s a great football area, the Wallsend Boys’ Club he came from has produced so many fantastic footballers.”
“The profile of Michael is very strong,” “I must say negotiations were very difficult, very difficult, and went on for ages.”
“I always remember I thought it was done and David Gill phoned me on the golf course to say: ‘They want more!’”
“Typical Daniel Levy. It was very hard to negotiate but, at the end of the day, we got it through and, ever since he joined us, he’s had a fantastic career.”
Good words there form Sir Alex – but we already knew the north-east was a great footballing area.
Now Newcastle must ensure these top Geordie players don’t make their names at any other club but Newcastle United.
There’s the challenge.