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This is why We love John O'Shea !

Why We Love John O’Shea
I’ve been trawling through pages randomly when I bumped across this article on the Telegraph. It started off like the usual articles one gets to read on the back of a great performance by United. The usual stuff — on this occasion, bringing Rooney’s birthday into perspective, as if his day had an astral significance on events that unfolded in Kiev — punctuated the article, with facts that United’s injury ‘crisis’ hasn’t really affected their play.

But it was towards the end of the page that I came upon these quotes from our Utility Man.

“Stretched to the limit” was how John O’Shea described matters, though the Irishman is at his most valuable when Manchester United are at breaking point. On Tuesday night he was first asked to fill in for Scholes and then shifted to left-back to cover for Patrice Evra. […] ”It’s always going to be like that for me,” O’Shea said. “I was due to start the game in midfield but played most of it at left-back and then finished in midfield. I just enjoy being in the team. ”There’s a great strength in depth to this squad; that’s without doubt a difference between this squad and previous ones. We’re getting stretched to the limit at the moment but we have some good young lads as well.” […] “Without doubt, some teams are scared of us. Nights like this really make the opposition aware of what we’re capable of. When teams come to Old Trafford they like to play five in midfield and play for the draw, but with the attack we have they’re going to be very wary just trying to defend against that lot.”

Now any player, deep down, would like to start every game possible for his team. A prolonged time warming the bench would only fan the flames of discontent. However, some players recognise their role in the team. In fact, much of the team’s success is down to these players; the only thing is that their importance goes unnoticed because of the kind of job they are expected to do for the team.

John O’Shea’s quotes, especially when he said, “It’s always going to be like that for me” and “I just enjoy being in the team” is another such instance of selflessness seen in a player for the team’s cause. But that is not just it. It is also extremely honest of him to say such things. True, he is a limited player. He has been known to give the ball away at times and has been frustrating in general for a lot of fans. But there are things about O’Shea that does beg a hearty laugh, at least.

He had shown tremendous promise in the 2002-03 season. However, things didn’t stay that way. But he sure did nutmeg Luis Figo, he played as a ‘keeper for us, he chipped Almunia when we beat Arsenal 4-2 and, more recently, scored against the ‘dippers in a late, late goal last season, when we were playing absolutely shite. He’s had the highest shots to goals conversion last season in the League. (80%!)

It’s a little wonder that he played 40 games for us, in a demonstration of how valuable he was, last season. More significantly, we finished above Liverpool in the 05/06 with a midfield of Giggs and O’Shea/Fletcher for most part of the second half, when Scholes was out with blurred eyesight.

The joy he gets for just wearing the red shirt is something a manager would want from his players. He is a manager’s player — someone who would play in any position if his manager tells him to and without any misgivings. O’Shea enjoys it, and it’s worth remembering his role in our team especially with the kind of injury situation we are faced with at present.

And that’s why we love O’Shea; despite the moments of madness, despite being, well… average. He would never set the world on fire by going on mazy runs. He would never boss a midfield like Scholes. But he would play to his limits when we need him the most. And he would enjoy it every bit, thanking everything in the world that he has the chance to wear the Red shirt.

I JUST ADORE THE GUY !!!!!!!!!! He's a great lad, a a true servant !!! Thank you Sheasy !
 

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Did you know thats this season he's played up front, centre midfield, left back and right back? And last season he played in goal and central defence. The only position he hasnt played for us is on the wing! And last season he had the highest goal to shot ratio of anyone in the Premiership? 5 shots, 4 goals. Thats 80%! And the shot he missed was still on target!
 

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carlyluvsunited said:
Not so good against Kiev but that last minute winner for United at Anfailed right in front of The Kop makes up for any mistake he makes
Yep, that's why I love John O'Shea!
 

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Great thread Crooney. OShea has to be admired for his loyalty and selflessness. When asked he always does his job with no complaining or moaning. The fact he is so versatile is a huge bonus for United, especially when we only have 4 outfield players allowed on the bench. People also forget that how many games he has played for United. Over 260 games which is quite incredible for an 'average' player.
 

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Did you know thats this season he's played up front, centre midfield, left back and right back? And last season he played in goal and central defence. The only position he hasnt played for us is on the wing! And last season he had the highest goal to shot ratio of anyone in the Premiership? 5 shots, 4 goals. Thats 80%! And the shot he missed was still on target!
I think that he's played there too. at least in some cup matches so far
 

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i just wanted to bring the thread to life----make it "sheasy appreciation thread"
 

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And thank you for bringing it to life cause im one of his biggest fan =P


There are words going around that loyalty alone wont get him anywhere but to me that is a harsh statement when we talk about oshea. Many times he have proven that he is there whenever we need him the most. His versatility is something that we wont be able to find elsewhere. Because of his loyalty, we never hear him complaint of not playing first team football which not many like to do. Players like Ronaldo should learn from him i think cause if there is anyone that deserve to ask for better treatment elsewhere, it should be him. Even if one day he decided to call it quits, i wont blame him one bit.
 

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Jazz 16 said:
Great thread Crooney. OShea has to be admired for his loyalty and selflessness. When asked he always does his job with no complaining or moaning. The fact he is so versatile is a huge bonus for United, especially when we only have 4 outfield players allowed on the bench. People also forget that how many games he has played for United. Over 260 games which is quite incredible for an 'average' player.
are we not allowed 7 subs now ?
 

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Ferguson once said he's one of the best signings hes ever made.

He is a very good addition to our squad, will never be a first team regular but the versatility he adds is important.
 

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every side needs utility guys like him . sure he could have done a phil neville and gone to a lesser club for first team spot regularly but he like ole before him knows he is at the finest club in the world and anywhere else is second best . 50 games for utd has to be worth 200 for everton .
 

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John's a good

He's a good player to have in the squad. Not everyone can be a headline grabber and John is someone who just does a job well.

His versatility, attitude and commitment make him a valuable addition to the squad, even if he may never become a first team regular.

He's popped up with some vital goals for us in the past as well, I'm sure I don't need to remind anyone of his goals at Anfield and Highbury in years gone by. He's not a world beater :rolleyes: but he is a player that I would want to keep in the squad.
 

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seems to be getting his act together in the green jersey too! he should be a much better player than he is, he has all the qualities! He'll do well for us in S Africa!!
 

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I don't mind him,especially if he STARTS a game,it just worries me sometimes against the bigger teams,when we are replacing a tired Scholesy for him!!I much prefer him on then taken off,and his Kop goal will live long in the memory of us all!
 
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