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    Phil Neville remembers Nobby Stiles - the coach and the person


    "I remember my dad being in awe of him. He could not believe I was being coached by this legend, this World Cup and European Cup winner.

    "Nobby was amazing. Probably the nicest, most decent human being who ever coached me.

    "You never would have known he was this giant of the game, a hero of English football's finest hour, because he never talked about it. Or indeed winning the European Cup for the club. His focus was on us, our futures, not his past.

    "That group of young players, that class of '92, were taught how to be United players by Nobby.

    "He instilled values that stayed with all of us, I think, not just throughout our careers as players but in all aspects of our lives.

    "Nobby was such a caring man. I remember my first game away from home. It was in Anglesea and I was terrified.

    "I'd never been away from home without my mum and dad before and it felt like a million miles away.

    "He looked after me all day and gave me the man-of-the-match award. He took care of me the way I would want my own son to be treated."
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  • #2
    Rio Ferdinand remembers Nobby Stiles


    "He was someone who you saw at times around the ground. He was someone who the fans saw as a salt of the earth kind of guy

    "He was always charismatic and he was a lovely person to be around. The impact he had on football I don't think is as valued as highly as it could have been.

    "He was a fantastic competitor. He was very modest and down to earth.'
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    • #3
      The Red News Editor - Barney Chilton - pays tribute to Nobby Stiles

      There are certain moments in United's history that shape its course, and certain performances in these matches that stand above others which help turn destiny in our favour. We are lucky that we have so many to choose from. You could probably think of a few right now; and one that still holds the test of time, fittingly tucked in behind the scenes as he himself was, is Nobby Stiles' performance on the 29th May 1968 at Wembley Stadium as Sir Matt Busby and his men finally achieved what his Busby Babes looked certainly set to do until tragedy struck.

      Stiles came from United stock, his Dad and brothers had all followed United, and he had watched 'his heroes' of Johnny Carey, Stan Pearson and Jack Rowley from the Stretford End. As he started to develop his own game: "We used to finish our games about 11.30am on Saturday morning and would then rush off to Old Trafford to watch my great heroes, the ‘Busby Babes’ – the great Duncan Edwards, Roger Byrne, Tommy Taylor. My particular idol at that time was a little fella’ from Salford called Eddie Colman. So really, I was hooked on United from a very early age."

      Offered an apprenticeship at 15, much to his surprise he'd recall, he knew he was "not much of an advertisement for a footballer", and much like Gary Neville, he used his own deficits to his advantage to compel them to become strengths of will, as he worked hard on aspects of his game that did not come naturally. A footballer with a point to prove, not thinking he belongs where he is, has a powerful edge, and added to the fact he wore bottle washer contact lenses it is an incredible United story to match the many we are lucky to have to tell.

      He could look after himself of course, as Collyhurst lads could, and Stiles' handling of Eusebio at Wembley that warm, magical night in '68 can be traced back to his two impressive performances for England, in two year stretches; in the 1966 Semi Final where he gave a man of the match showing, and in the 1-1 draw in Sao Paulo in the 1964 Nations’ Cup where team-mate Terry Paine said Stiles left a 'historical scar' on Eusebio, a sore that would return. “Nobby was what you would now call a midfield destroyer. He didn’t take any prisoners and, to be completely honest, I think Eusebio was a little bit afraid. I think there was a part of him that didn’t fancy it.” One of the great players of all time, out thought and out fought by one of our own.

      In today's game where defensive midfielding has its own culture, considered an art form even, rather than sometimes dismissed historically as an ugly necessity to winning the ball back, the vocabulary used for a Stiles now would far exceed the likes of 'no-nonsense' and the rather underwhelming street terminology sometimes given to Stiles back then. He was much more than a tough, fighter.

      Sir Matt used to call Nobby 'his tiddler' and paid tribute to his development at United once given the chance: "When his real chance came Nobby took it with both hands, both legs, his big heart and his chattering, nattering, nagging, urging, admonishing, inspiring mouth, not to mention making the most of the inferior eyesight he had been handicapped with. 200 per cent effort, was his own minimum. If we were winning, he would exhort us not to let up, but his great value was that he was compelling. He raised us when we flagged. Set Nobby Stiles a job and he would do it if it killed him. No opponent was too big for this bantam, physically or by repute."

      As Benfica, Portugal and the world discovered on that famous Wembley turf.

      The history of Manchester United's Academy is rich with names and blessed with its choices.

      Nobby Stiles is right at the top.

      Barney
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      • #4
        Ole gives an update on MUFCs already injured players


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        “Sergio has just come back into training this week. He’s started his pre-season work and he’s working to get to his peak fitness with the goalkeepers.

        ”Phil has been injured and he had an operation and he’s been working really hard to get back. He’ll hopefully get fit during December. That was a natural thing when you’re injured, you can’t really be in the squad can you? He’s working really diligently and he’ll be coming back soon.“
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        • #5
          Ole says there are no new injuries or players out after the Leipzig game


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          “[The squad looks] good,”

          “There was no injuries [from Wednesday] which of course is a big plus when you think of every game we play and the intensity. We’re getting better and better, I think everyone is seeing now that our fitness and sharpness is more up to speed and we should be ready for that game [on Sunday].”
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