"My first recollections of Manchester United would be going way back, probably in my granny’s house having these little figures of United players. Even before that, I got a United poster for Christmas when I was five years old. My bedroom was all done out in Manchester United stuff: bed covers, posters… so it goes back to when I was just a kid."
"Joining the club actually happened over a number of years. When I was nine years old, a scout had come over to watch me play in Northern Ireland and asked me if I wanted to join the Manchester United centre of excellence. So, for me, that was a massive thing."
"I was fortunate in that my dad had been at Chelsea when he was younger. He’d moved to London when he was 16, so he’d gone through that process and knew that I was still a bit away, even though I was only nine and I was getting really excited. He was telling me that there’s still so much to go."
"Then, when I was maybe 10, I made my first trip to Manchester. I travelled over on every school holiday and it was great at the time. I moved across with my family when I was 15 and I think that was the start of it, when I moved to England. It’s been 11 years now, it’s been a long experience but it feels like yesterday."
"When you first go to the stadium it’s like a dream. I’d never actually been across to Old Trafford as a young kid, even though I was a Manchester United fanatic. My mum and dad had never managed to get across to take me to a game, so it wasn’t until I got a trial, and the club took me and a few players to see the game, that I actually went to Old Trafford. It was a great experience and even though I knew I had a long way to go before I could play there myself, that definitely gave me the inspiration to want to play there one day."
"When you look back at the players who have represented Manchester United, some great players, that drives you to want to be mentioned in the same bracket. Also, being part of good teams helps. I grew up watching the teams that Sir Alex Ferguson built over the years, so to be a part of that was a great feeling. It’s also about winning trophies because it’s winning things that goes down in history."
"You feel the responsibility of playing for United every time you pull on the shirt. It’s kind of strange because you grow up as a fan but, as soon as you become a player, you kind of feel on the other side of it. You are representing the club on the pitch; you’re still a fan but it’s from a totally different perspective. You’ve got to try to make the fans happy as well as the manager and do your job for the club. As a footballer, though, the day you retire, I think you go back to being a fan like everyone else."
"It’s hard to put into words exactly what Manchester United means to me. From a young age, I was fanatical about United and I used to cry when the team lost. That’s how much it meant as a kid. Now I feel really privileged to pull on the shirt and go out there and try to make a difference and represent the fans on the pitch."
- Jonny Evans

"My first recollections of Manchester United would be going way back, probably in my granny’s house having these little figures of United players. Even before that, I got a United poster for Christmas when I was five years old. My bedroom was all done out in Manchester United stuff: bed covers, posters… so it goes back to when I was just a kid."

"Joining the club actually happened over a number of years. When I was nine years old, a scout had come over to watch me play in Northern Ireland and asked me if I wanted to join the Manchester United centre of excellence. So, for me, that was a massive thing."

"I was fortunate in that my dad had been at Chelsea when he was younger. He’d moved to London when he was 16, so he’d gone through that process and knew that I was still a bit away, even though I was only nine and I was getting really excited. He was telling me that there’s still so much to go."

"Then, when I was maybe 10, I made my first trip to Manchester. I travelled over on every school holiday and it was great at the time. I moved across with my family when I was 15 and I think that was the start of it, when I moved to England. It’s been 11 years now, it’s been a long experience but it feels like yesterday."

"When you first go to the stadium it’s like a dream. I’d never actually been across to Old Trafford as a young kid, even though I was a Manchester United fanatic. My mum and dad had never managed to get across to take me to a game, so it wasn’t until I got a trial, and the club took me and a few players to see the game, that I actually went to Old Trafford. It was a great experience and even though I knew I had a long way to go before I could play there myself, that definitely gave me the inspiration to want to play there one day."

"When you look back at the players who have represented Manchester United, some great players, that drives you to want to be mentioned in the same bracket. Also, being part of good teams helps. I grew up watching the teams that Sir Alex Ferguson built over the years, so to be a part of that was a great feeling. It’s also about winning trophies because it’s winning things that goes down in history."

"You feel the responsibility of playing for United every time you pull on the shirt. It’s kind of strange because you grow up as a fan but, as soon as you become a player, you kind of feel on the other side of it. You are representing the club on the pitch; you’re still a fan but it’s from a totally different perspective. You’ve got to try to make the fans happy as well as the manager and do your job for the club. As a footballer, though, the day you retire, I think you go back to being a fan like everyone else."

"It’s hard to put into words exactly what Manchester United means to me. From a young age, I was fanatical about United and I used to cry when the team lost. That’s how much it meant as a kid. Now I feel really privileged to pull on the shirt and go out there and try to make a difference and represent the fans on the pitch."

- Jonny Evans

"It will be massive for us, a proud moment for us all. To be there together is a bit of a surreal thing. We walked in here together when we were 12 and to be here now - I’m not 40 yet but Giggsy is, and myself and Scholes are nearly there too. So for us and Phil to be there together is a very proud moment. We’re here to try to help the club and get the results that we want from now until the end of the season. What happens after that, who knows?"
- Nicky Butt

"It will be massive for us, a proud moment for us all. To be there together is a bit of a surreal thing. We walked in here together when we were 12 and to be here now - I’m not 40 yet but Giggsy is, and myself and Scholes are nearly there too. So for us and Phil to be there together is a very proud moment. We’re here to try to help the club and get the results that we want from now until the end of the season. What happens after that, who knows?"

- Nicky Butt

"To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud."
"Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on."
"The scale of the manager’s job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff.  I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season."
"We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad. This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League. However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration."
"In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are. I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day. And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future."
"I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United’s manager. I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year’s Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United."
- David Moyes

"To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud."

"Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on."

"The scale of the manager’s job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff.  I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season."

"We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad. This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League. However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration."

"In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are. I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day. And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future."

"I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United’s manager. I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year’s Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United."

- David Moyes

"I just wish Giggsy all the best. He’s a great guy, an unbelievable player to play with and now he obviously has a different job. In the last few seasons, and especially this season, I’ve seen him stepping in and helping out with the coaching. The amount of respect that the players have for him is unbelievable."
"It was a bit strange to see him standing there like the boss this morning (Tuesday) with Nicky Butt alongside him but, at the same time, it feels normal. I was driving to training thinking how beautiful it is because he grew up here, he played here - the same with Nicky Butt - and now he’s temporary first-team manager. It was a beautiful sight for the club to see those two there."
- Quinton Fortune

"I just wish Giggsy all the best. He’s a great guy, an unbelievable player to play with and now he obviously has a different job. In the last few seasons, and especially this season, I’ve seen him stepping in and helping out with the coaching. The amount of respect that the players have for him is unbelievable."

"It was a bit strange to see him standing there like the boss this morning (Tuesday) with Nicky Butt alongside him but, at the same time, it feels normal. I was driving to training thinking how beautiful it is because he grew up here, he played here - the same with Nicky Butt - and now he’s temporary first-team manager. It was a beautiful sight for the club to see those two there."

- Quinton Fortune

Paul Scholes has returned to help Manchester United’s coaching staff.

Paul Scholes has returned to help Manchester United’s coaching staff.

Bryan Robson:
"I know Ryan has got the job until the end of the season and I definitely think he’s going to be a manager, though whether he gets it full-time at a club like Manchester United is a big ask."
Clayton Blackmore:
"Ryan’s not had any time to work with the players and get them to play the way he wants them to play, but he will hopefully have them working hard and I think he’ll get a lift from them."
"Ryan has everything you need to be a manager, including more coaching badges than me, and I’ve been coaching for 15 years."
David May:
"It’s a wise move. Ryan knows how this club works, he knows the passion of the fans and I’m sure he will give the dressing room something that is needed."
Danny Higginbotham:
"Ryan is United through and through and he knows what this place is all about. We’re no longer in the cup competitions so, for the final four games, I don’t think it’s a bad choice at all."

Bryan Robson:

"I know Ryan has got the job until the end of the season and I definitely think he’s going to be a manager, though whether he gets it full-time at a club like Manchester United is a big ask."

Clayton Blackmore:

"Ryan’s not had any time to work with the players and get them to play the way he wants them to play, but he will hopefully have them working hard and I think he’ll get a lift from them."

"Ryan has everything you need to be a manager, including more coaching badges than me, and I’ve been coaching for 15 years."

David May:

"It’s a wise move. Ryan knows how this club works, he knows the passion of the fans and I’m sure he will give the dressing room something that is needed."

Danny Higginbotham:

"Ryan is United through and through and he knows what this place is all about. We’re no longer in the cup competitions so, for the final four games, I don’t think it’s a bad choice at all."

Ryan Giggs will assume responsibility for Manchester United’s first team until a permanent manager is appointed.

Ryan Giggs will assume responsibility for Manchester United’s first team until a permanent manager is appointed.

Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club.

Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club.

"Danny Welbeck’s really important to me and I really value him. As you well know, there have been lots of stories (regarding Welbeck’s future). I can only tell you Danny Welbeck is really important - to me and to Manchester United."
- David Moyes

"Danny Welbeck’s really important to me and I really value him. As you well know, there have been lots of stories (regarding Welbeck’s future). I can only tell you Danny Welbeck is really important - to me and to Manchester United."

- David Moyes

"We gave away two terrible goals. But I thought prior to that we passed the ball brilliantly well. We kept the ball and had great control of the game. What we couldn’t do was create enough chances. They were two poor goals to give away, both on the break. We didn’t have a final through-pass or the final finish when the chances came, and there weren’t very many of them. So that was the disappointing part, that we couldn’t do that. The job is to win football matches. There is a lot talked about style, but it’s more important to win, and we didn’t do that."

- David Moyes (Premier League 2013/14: Everton 2 - Manchester United 0)

Sir Bobby Charlton and Roy Keane watched the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park.

Getting ready for Everton.

"We’ve not had a lot of positivity this season. It will be important to go into the summer to send our fans home, the players and the manager home with the knowledge we’ve finished the season strongly. That’s the aim and the challenge."
"When you get to this stage of the season, it’s been quite foreign for this group and this football club, to be out of all the competitions and not challenging for a trophy. There is a really empty feeling and there is an empty feeling in my belly."
"When I joined in the summer I thought we’d be challenging for trophies and this group of players is used to winning trophies and medals and parading around the pitch after the last game of the season with the championship, European Cup or FA Cup. That is where the emptiness comes from and it will stay with us until we win the Premier League back again or the FA Cup or the Capital One Cup or the European Cup."
"That’s what this club is all about - winning trophies. It’s not about finishing second, third or fourth and qualifying for the Champions League. We have to win leagues and have to win trophies. The boss knows that and that is what he wants to do himself."
"We believe we can win all our matches and all we can control is our own destiny. It means we need to win five out of five and finish the season with a bang. We’ve not consistently produced throughout the rest of the season so that’s the aim and the challenge we have set the players."
- Phil Neville

"We’ve not had a lot of positivity this season. It will be important to go into the summer to send our fans home, the players and the manager home with the knowledge we’ve finished the season strongly. That’s the aim and the challenge."

"When you get to this stage of the season, it’s been quite foreign for this group and this football club, to be out of all the competitions and not challenging for a trophy. There is a really empty feeling and there is an empty feeling in my belly."

"When I joined in the summer I thought we’d be challenging for trophies and this group of players is used to winning trophies and medals and parading around the pitch after the last game of the season with the championship, European Cup or FA Cup. That is where the emptiness comes from and it will stay with us until we win the Premier League back again or the FA Cup or the Capital One Cup or the European Cup."

"That’s what this club is all about - winning trophies. It’s not about finishing second, third or fourth and qualifying for the Champions League. We have to win leagues and have to win trophies. The boss knows that and that is what he wants to do himself."

"We believe we can win all our matches and all we can control is our own destiny. It means we need to win five out of five and finish the season with a bang. We’ve not consistently produced throughout the rest of the season so that’s the aim and the challenge we have set the players."

- Phil Neville


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