How good was Lee Sharpe?

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    Can7onA Full Member

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    It's 9:30 in the morning, my brain doesn't kick in till about midday. But you're right, I think it was Poborsky after his great Euros :/

    I always remember the story about Ferguson turning up to a party looking for Giggs and Sharpe and them hiding in a wardrobe :lol: (I think)
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    Josh 76 Full Member

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    :lol:That was a pearler
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    Can7onA Full Member

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    The House Party in 1992
    This one has gone down well for Lee Sharpe on the after-dinner circuit. Late spring in 1992 was a very stressful time at Manchester United. They were in the process of throwing away the title to Leeds United and were in the middle of a calamitous losing streak. Lee Sharpe wasn't worried and he brought Giggsy off to a house party a few nights after United played West Ham. Ferguson got wind of this party and shot down there.

    The Manchester United manager did not feel he needed a warrant to enter this private premises. Ferguson claims to have found a "full blown party" in progress though Sharpe disputes this. Giggs was reportedly found cowering in a cupboard when Fergie arrived.

    Ferguson ordered everyone out of the house, (in spite of the fact only two of those present were Manchester United players) giving everyone a cuff around the back of the head as they went out the door, including possibly the owner of the house.
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    WolfInSharp'sClothing Full Member

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    With Giggs coming through, he was always going to have to move away from his preferred left-wing. Not sure left-back was the best option.

    Predominately left footed, but very comfortable on his right, good finishing, good in the air, in today's game, he would probably play very effectively off the right or down the middle.
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    Reynoldo Full Member

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    Yeah he was a bit of a clown and the type of player you would have hated in an opposition team but he was great fun to watch for us. Agree on the inconsistency and also yes I think it was his drive and dedication or lack thereof that made him a good player only when he had all the talent to be a great one. My lasting thoughts of him is that he should have been more than he was. He would actually fit in with the mindset of some of our "stars" today actually(possibly the first player to live the social media life before social media) albeit he did have more talent than most of them.
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    mitchmouse Full Member

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    there was nothing wrong with his commitment
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    Apparently Fergie got it right when (so they say) he came to drag Giggs out of a late night party and Giggsy said "Sharpe's here as well" and SAF replied "he's not going anywhere, you have a career in front of you, get home, now"!

    Says it all really, on his day Sharp could be great, but the 'days' became fewer and far between. Lee was a fool to himself really, it was all a big joke, but he finished up laughing on his own. Shame really always felt he was committed to the club and with a different professional attitude and willingness to do what it takes, he could have made more of his time at United. Que sera sera!
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    You have to imagine that the story has been embellished somewhat over the years. The idea that a house full of drunk men would just leave the house one by one with SAF at the door clipping them on the back of the head is hilarious. Just imagine what you would do if it were all your mates, now add in the ego that comes with being associated with football stars.
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    UnrelatedPsuedo I pity the poor fool who stinks like I do!

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    Lee Sharpe was far better than most are giving him credit for. Compared to Giggs, Beckham, Kanchelskis, he’s light in enough areas to probably finish fourth behind them.

    But in today’s market? He’s a world class wide man. Strong, quick, bags of stamina, good in the air, two good feet with a wand of a left foot.

    He’d be worth an absolute fortune.
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    He really wouldn't be :lol:

    He was nothing special. He could be decent some games, but most games he didn't turn up.
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    UnrelatedPsuedo I pity the poor fool who stinks like I do!

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    That’s just not true. He was very consistent. He had periods during his career that he was undroppable in a very good United side.

    It would be fair to say his peak was pretty short, but that peak was very very high.

    People are acting as if he was left footed Aaron Lennon.
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    I loved him. He was exciting, and his goal celebrations were top notch.
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    This might be old age but I seem to remember him playing against Leeds in a cup semi final or possibly a quater final.

    He knoked it past the full back and absolutely rinsed him it looked amazing. Have not been able to find it using Google.

    Of course it might not even be Leeds but I only remember seeing it live never seen it again.

    Anyone else put me out of my misery by correcting me or finding the game?
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    Of course, it's still funny though :D
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    He was more consistent than people are saying. He would chip in with goals too. Loved his celebrations.

    Always thought him and Giggs down the wings were the best but it was normally one or the other (with kanchelskis taking the other spot).

    Do think the stuff outside of Football took over his actual football. But funny thing is, in this era, he would probably be a superstar.
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    Rooney24 Full Member

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    This always gives me a giggle.

    Sharpey was great. Loved him.

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    His last name = his telly brand.

    Legend.
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    Spoony The People's President

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    Great for two seasons and then wasn't half the player.
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    Remember him as a good winger that could put in a cross, didn’t seem the fastest mind, long time ago now but.
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    He was my absolute favourite player growing up. A young Lee Sharpe was a mix of Spurs era Gareth Bale and Becks. Not as good as either, but on his day he was untouchable.

    Shame about all the injuries, and having read his autobiography he also seemed to be struggling with confidence issues, in part due to his meteoric rise from Torquay to Old Trafford within the space of a year. He argues that the likes of Giggs, Becks, Scholes and so on were given proper education through the Man United ranks, whereas he basically went from playing in lower league football to the very top overnight.

    It's also telling that Ferguson wrote that how he dealt with Lee Sharpe was one of his greatest regrets in management. Tells you something about how good a career Sharpe could have had with us, if only things had panned out differently. And we could definitely have use for a 20 year old Lee Sharpe in our team now. He would walk straight into the XI, no question.
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    Ferguson writes about that in his book, 'Managing My Life' (2000).

    This is one of the excerpts that follows on after he writes about barging into a party at Sharpe's house that Ryan Giggs also attended.

    I think this excerpt should be short enough to be okay to post.

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    sammsky1 Pochettino's #1 fan

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    I had a season ticket in those days as Iwas at Manchester University.

    We used to see him @ Hacienda and Home nightclubs on Wednesdays and saturday nights, after a home game.

    If he scored, he’d buy everyone drinks !
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    He was f... brilliant and my favorite player as a kid. I wanted to make an appreciation thread once I hit 10 likes but I guess you beat me to it. Out of the Class 92, in my opinion, only Scholes was surley the better footballer. I'd rate him equal to Giggs and Beckham.

    Ps: I know he was older than them so no need for nitpicking
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    Never good enough to become a Utd IMHO, if he had buckled down and stayed at Utd we would regard him in the same way as we regard Wes Brown, Nicky Butt & The Nevilles, very good players for us but not great's.
    But l think he liked the party life too much and wanted to be treated like a star.
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    He was very good at the beginning of his career, while really needing to be bang on it to influence matches, then didn’t work hard enough and was easily surpassed by many, many other players. Seemed to believe his own hype.
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    Who's letting babies register on this forum.
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    Was my favourite as a child. Was devastated when we sold him.
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    What the hell does this mean? Doesn't make sense. He was also brilliant for 3 years at least.
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    Great read, cheers for posting.

    I loved Sharpe as a player. It's a shame he didn't fulfil his potential and maintain his top level for longer, but he was still a very exciting player that played a big part in winning trophies at United and seems to be for the most part very fondly remembered. A young Lee Sharpe could have answered a lot of our problems on the wings the last couple of years.
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    He was never that good. A decent player, but was always one of the lesser ones at the time. Enjoyed watching him, but never a great.
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    Great player Lee Sharpe always remember him scoring two great goals against Aston Villa away live on Monday night football back in 93/94. United in the black kit under the lights on a barmy summers evening In Birmingham. Great times how we need them back now.


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    Absolutely loved Sharpey as a player - a real throwback when football was fun and players looked like they enjoyed being footballers. Hat trick v Arsenal in League Cup 1990 is one of the best United away days I've had.
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    Very good at his peak but rather one dimensional, very much a kick and rush old style winger. Lovely left foot, crossed the ball beautifully on the run(a very difficult skill to master) but didn't have the vision or natural dribbling style that Giggs possessed.
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    In the early part of ‘91 a great deal of our play came from Robson winning the ball in the middle and immediately belting it down the left wing for Sharpe. I was a regular when he joined in ‘88 and he played a big part - forgotten really - in the rebuilding of United as a force. He was no Giggs but no shame in that. Cracking player.
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    One of my fave United players of all time, loved watching him when I was a kid.
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    he and Hughes were my first idols

    Sharpe didnt have the dribbing ability of Giggs but his crossing and shooting was actually far better

    never was quite sure whether it was injury or lack of professionalism that sent his career downward
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    Oh no - Lee Sharpe in his early days was really fast.
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    He made his breakthrough at United as a left-back. The legendary 1-0 match against Forest (which according to some - saved Fergusons job) for instance - he was a left-back in that one.
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    Nani or Lee Sharpe?