Discussion in 'Manchester United Forum' started by 2cents, Oct 11, 2018.
Yeah ! Bout time Brian got some love.
Thanks for that pointer to his book, I just ordered it. There's too few books of quality from players, got to get the smart ones.
A true stalwart and scored goals in not the greatest United team (and someone Fergie trusted implicitly); was instrumental in a great bit of argy-bargy with Arsenal (never knowingly intimidated); and attempted a few long balls to Kanchelskis, Giggs and Sharpe from midfield that will live long in the memory (if not necessarily for the right reasons!).
Good old Choccy...
Good old Choccy indeed. Love the man.
The arrival of Cantona could have been the end of McClair but I thought he did a decent job in adapting to a deeper midfield role, effectively replacing Robson and being paired with Ince. I remember Keane playing RB for a while when he first arrived because McClair was playing well at CM. I wonder if MCClair’s versatility gave Fergie the idea of the even more successful positional change that was to come with Scholes move to CM.
Love McClair, just a wee bit too young to remember him as a player but my old man and uncles loved him.
Absolutely desperate for a Scot to make a name for himself at United, long overdue now.
I remember when we signed him from Celtic. He definetly lived up to his goal scoring reputation in that first season. Then the following year we brought Sparky back from Barca.
I use to tell all the Liverpool fans this would be our year. On paper my front six were. Hughes and Mclair up front. Whiteside and Robson in the middle and Olsen and Strachan on the wings. Those were the days! Lol
I remember him. I was quite young when he was coming towards the end of his days. At the time he struck me as a solid dependable midfielder who wasn’t flashy... In hindsight he struck me as one of Sir Alex’s trusted foot soldiers in helping the Class of 92 lads as well as the young guys Utd brought in like Keane, Ince, Cole and Solskjaer.
I don’t know if people who are older and have clearer memories than me, but looking back he kinda struck me as one of the locker room leader guys who’d be worth his place in the team on influence and leadership, rather than playing ability in the mid 90s...
Maybe a sort of de facto captain between Cantonas leaving and Keanes rise to the armband.
I liked McClair, he was what I'd describe as a solid, reliable player. And as for Scots making a name for themselves - what about Darren Fletcher?
I loved him as a kid and loved the puma king he wore
Of course, I hadn't forgotten about Fletcher or anything and it has only been 3 years since he left, feels longer though. The next Fletcher, Law, Macari, Albiston, McClair, I hope they appear soon
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A lot of the time I used to pretend to be him when playing football when I was young
I'm not sure that kind of a name was what he had in mind...
Beggars can't be choosers
Boyhood hero of mine.
Should be our Director of Football.
I only really remember his diary!
Remember him hitting a long shot at home to spurs in the mid 90s.
Edit - found it.
Loved Choccy but I could have sworn he left us around 1996. On a similar vein,I was watching some highlights from that infamous 2000 FIFA World Club Championship and was amazed to see Jordi Cruyff still playing for us. I remember him joining in the summer of 1996, being a bit shit for a season and then...nothing. A quick look at his record suggests that he scored a handful of fairly important goals over the following years that I must have seen at the time but I seem to have completely purged him from my memory bank beyond that first season.
I would have only been 6/7yrs old at the time but I remember McClair being bought on as a late substitute in a game we were losing sometime around 1996 in the Champions League. Think it was Juventus.
My Dad got up, shouted “we’ve bloody given up now”, slammed the door and stormed off. So my opinion of his footballing ability has always been somewhat based on that reaction lol
My Dad used to call him Brian McFlair thinking he was hilariously ironic.
I remember that. To be fair, I think he put McClair on so we could shift Becks out to the right (if memory serves.) I was fecking obsessed during that era, so I remember daft stuff like that. I think Cantona was up front on his own if I recall, which started a "does Fergie have it at this level" debate at the time.
Trail by error, though, I suppose. We murdered them at Old Traffard 12 months later.
One of my all time favourites
Everyone remembers that game we got smashed 6-3 v Southampton.
What a lot of people forget, is Butt went off injured very early on, Keane got sent off on about 20mins, basically leaving a now vet McClair as the engine room!
That was when Alen Boksic scored the winner yeah? I remember the debate about Cantona up front on his own.
Him and Poborsky were never as poor as everyone likes to make out. They were decent squad players. Same with Blomqvist, and even Veron's "sh!tness" was massively overplayed.
Cruyff was obviously up against one of the toughest surname heritages in the history of football!
That's the one. Juventus were the standard at the time, and Fergie seemed to be fearful of another 4-0 like at the Nou Camp. He seemed to want to get a draw and come home with a point.
Blomqvist was a good player for us. Especially during the era of Giggsy's bi-monthly hamstring injuries. He was a welcome addition to the squad. He passed on the curse to Owen Hargreaves. Played in the final of the Champions League and spent the rest of his career knackered.
Yeah we were still getting schooled at that stage. Lost 1-0 at OT to Del Piero as well. But we got some good results against Rapid Vienna and then the 4-0 at home to Porto was when we really announced ourselves in the CL. After that I was always confident of beating anyone at home and we promptly did it to Juve the following year.
God how I miss those nights.
Agreed on the rest of them to varying degrees, but I really didn't rate Cruyff at all. That summer of signings in 1996 was a strange one, with the two big names in Poborsky and Cruyff proving the least successful, and the virtual unknowns Johnsen, Van der Gouw and particularly Solskjaer going on to provide great service for the club. Poborsky was a good player though, he just seemed short of confidence when he played for us and the timing was terrible for him with Beckham breaking through.
I'll always remember him for this setup
its probably not him now
In a nutshell he was garbage, will never forget that shocking penalty miss at Highbury when Winterburn took the p*ss out of him.
Too fat and too slow and too educated to be a normal guy in the pub. Very odd sense of humour if any and no way a legend here like some retard has stated.
File with Ralph Milne and Arthur Graham.
To be fair premier league is a lot fairer these days in terms of quality and smaller teams can no longer be outplayed like that.
What’s that got to do with anything?
Shocking opinion. Topped off with some offensive lingo.
For one thing he was the first United player to score20 goals in a season since George Best
What a vile , narrow minded , offensive post
Get a life mate
Not in those last four seasons though.
And making a smashing tagliatelle carbonara.
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