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Name Denis Irwin
Gender Male
Ethnic xxxx
Job xxxx Footballer
Desc One of the best defenders to have graced the Premier League, Irwin was the recipient of one of the highest forms of praise from Ferguson who once stated that the Irishman was one of the only players guaranteed a spot in his all-time best Man United XI


Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Manchester United

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quote on Cafu] What a nightmare to play against. The last thing you need is an overlapping full-back, creating two-versus-one situations against you. He’d bomb on for 90 minutes and wouldn’t give you ?a minute’s peace. [. . .] Although Cafu was a fantastic attacking threat, he was also a very capable defender. Never seemed to age

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] A player of immense talent. Gazza wasn’t the quickest, but he was so creative and physical that he could beat his man. On ability alone England have never had a more gifted midfield player. Had it not been for his problems, who knows what he could have achieved?

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] Top player. Always very difficult to play against. Great goalscorer, strong in the air and could hold the ball up

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[Will Man Utd’s Treble ever be repeated?] When we won it, I think it was a relief, because we’d been trying for four or five years. In 1999 we’d gone through a tough group stage and really tough quarter-finals and semi-finals against Inter and Juventus. In the final we came up against a great Bayern side. We didn’t play well but battled away and got the luck we deserved. It was an incredible 10 days, winning the Premier League, the FA Cup and then finishing off with the Champions League. Will it ever be done again? Every now and again someone comes close, and I think that shows how hard it is to win them all in one season. I’m just glad we’ve still got that honour

[United certainly did things the hard way when it came to completing their Treble] That night we were missing our two best players in Keano and Scholesy. That was a huge handicap for us. You’re missing your driving force, your cleaner-upper in midfield, in Roy, and Scholesy was the perfect team-mate, who could create and score. So the manager had to re-jig the whole team, and we didn’t know what the side would be. Teddy played really well when he came on in the FA Cup final, and had a chance of playing. David May played in that final too and had a chance of starting, with Ronny Johnsen going into midfield. So the manager had a dilemma, but it worked out in the end, moving Becks into the middle, bringing Nicky Butt in, putting Jesper Blomqvist on the left and Giggsy on the right

But it was pure desire and drive that got us there – and we knew we could score. It was a great night with a great group of lads, and a huge squad effort the whole season. You don’t just need a fantastic side, you need a really good back-up as well, which is what got us over the line