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Name Paul Ince
Gender Male
Nationality UK
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  English Midfielder
Desc At his best, Ince played a crucial role in both of Alex Ferguson’s first two Premier League titles. He was the midfield enforcer who never stopped, but he also weighed in with his fair share of goals arriving on the edge of the box. After six years at Old Trafford, Ince moved to Inter Milan before later spells at Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Wolves

Affiliation

Club as Coach Macclesfield
  MK Dons
  Blackburn
  Notts County
  Blackpool
Club as Player Macclesfield FC
  Swindon FC
  Wolves FC
  Middlesbrough FC
  Liverpool FC
  Inter Milan
  Manchester United
  West Ham United

Relationships

Son Tom Ince

2007 03 09 Retrieve

[Macclesfield boss Paul Ince after the 2-1 win over Peterborough spared Rover for another week] Sometimes you want to crack open the champagne and sometimes you want to kick the dog

2011 04 02 Retrieve

[Paul Ince has taken a swipe at Fabio Capello poor grasp of English] It took me six months to learn Italian. I still speak it now

2013 04 05 Retrieve

[father Paul Ince says Tom Ince worth £25m] If you’re talking £15m for Zaha, Thomas has got to be £25m. If you compare the two, Thomas should cost more. Zaha is a fantastic player, don’t get me wrong. Zaha’s a stronger runner and does a lot of tricks, whereas Thomas is more direct, he makes things happen and he scores goals. You’ve got a kid playing in the Championship who has scored 18 goals. When you look at the leading scorers, they’re all strikers, and he’s there amongst them. Potentially, I think he can reach that value. If Palace want £15m for Zaha who has scored six goals, it makes you wonder what price he’s going to be. You’re not going to get it because he’s not proven in the Premier League, but if United are paying £15m for Zaha, on the stats you’d have to say Thomas is worth a lot more than that. That’s my opinion.

2014 02 05 Interview

[Former Blackpool Manager Paul Ince recalls he was in good term with club chairman Karl Oyston who just fired him via text] We had a good relationship. He had his way of doing things which were alien to the way I would but we never fell out. I got on well with his family, his wife and kids. It was disappointing I’ve had to hear it from my wife. He said because I was on the Pro-Licence that he couldn’t get hold of me

These courses are vital. In Germany, managers and coaches have to miss games to get the Pro-Licence done. I would rather have been told face to face. Me and the chairman met on Sunday night, we had a conversation, we knew what we were doing. We had players on our list that we could have got, good players who would have improved the team, who have now gone to bigger clubs in the Championship

It’s made me more determined. If I felt I couldn’t do the job as a manager I’d go and work on TV. Every club I have been to has involved firefighting: Macclesfield, MK Dons, Blackburn, Notts County, Blackpool. I’ve managed to steer them away from trouble. I know what I’m doing. I work hard. I have an eye for good players

[He talked about why he wants to get back into management] I’ve worked with some of the best players in the world. I’ve learned from some of the best managers, Fergie, Venables, Hoddle, even as a kid, learning from John Lyall at West Ham, God rest his soul

John Lyall was hard but fair. He did scare me but he was good for me. Eddie Baily [West Ham’s chief scout back then] said to Lyall: ‘The kid’s no good’. Lyall said: ‘I trust in this kid, he’s had a tough upbringing. I want to give him a chance’. I didn’t get any exams. I was always bunking school. I had no family life as a kid

My dad left when I was two. My mum left me when I was 10 to go to Germany, looking for work, bar-work to make ends meet. My older brother went to live in Ipswich. My sister had to go and live in Germany. I lived with my cousins in Ilford, then in digs from 13. I’ve had to look after myself from a young age. Growing up, I wanted to be with my parents. It’s why I spend as much time as I can with my kids

I had my own little family in Ilford [Essex], a gang of boys, hanging around on the streets, getting into trouble, fighting. There were gangs, Beacontree, Canning Town, and we were Ilford. We used to meet up for punch-ups. I remember gatecrashing a party, got into a fight, ended up breaking someone’s ribs

A week later at Chadwell Heath [West Ham’s training ground], all of a sudden Mick McGiven [one of Lyall’s coaches] came over and said: ‘the Gaffer wants to see you’. I walked into the office and there were two policemen sitting there

Lyall said: ‘I’ve been convincing these coppers not to take you to prison’. I played dumb. ‘Sorry, Gaffer, what are you on about? ‘You were in a fight last week, the boy reported you, you broke his ribs. They want to take you away. I convinced them I’m looking after you and it won’t happen again’

The two coppers walked out and then Lyall absolutely lambasted me. ‘I’ve not got time to waste on you, you little pipsqueak. If you get in any trouble again, you can p*** off’.

[He then had a coating of a different sort] Chadwell Heath has these claret-and-blue gates, and I spent the next four weeks before and after training, getting in at 8am and finishing at 4pm, painting those gates and creosoting the fence

[Ince did well and in 1989 Ferguson came calling, talking to Lyall] Lyall had looked after me since I was 13, was a father figure, and said to Fergie: ‘Listen, make sure you take over the responsibility of being a father figure to him’. That helped me. Fergie was very kind to me. He wasn’t as intense with me as he was with other players

I met him at a hotel in Waltham Abbey. He was sitting there, suit on, cup of tea, and I couldn’t believe I was in the same room as Alex Ferguson, the manager of Manchester United. It was always a dream of mine to play for Manchester United. Bryan Robson was my idol. I always wanted to base my game on his – never actually got there. I always wanted to play for the team he was playing for. So to get the chance to go to United was fantastic

Ferguson never coached; it was either Brian Kidd or Archie Knox. He would sit in his office and look down from his big window at the Cliff and if anyone was farting about, he’d be banging on the window and we all knew we were in trouble

It was only on Thursday that we saw Ferguson in training, and then on Friday morning, doing the boxes with his silly little woolly hat on. Saturday was his domain. That’s when you really saw him. If I’d seen Ferguson every day on the training ground it wouldn’t carry that as much substance. It was special when we saw him. ‘Gaffer’s here, stand by your beds’

We played Millwall at home in my first game [Sep 16, 1989]. I thought wow, Old Trafford! We beat them 5-1 and I thought I’m really going to like it here. The next week, we went to Maine Road, got beaten 5-1 and I couldn’t go outside the hotel!

Those were great teams. So many strong characters, myself, Robson, Keane, Cantona, Bruce, Schmeichel, so many egos, so many opinions. I’d argue with Keaney, Keaney would argue with Schmeichel, Schmeichel would argue with Brucey and everyone was shouting like little kids

But Fergie’s voice was the one that counted. We were big giants and all of a sudden he walked in and we were like little boys. Sir Alex had a great presence. He was ‘the man’

When people ask me what was the greatest ever United team under Ferguson, I always say 93-94, not because I was in it but because of the balance, the many big characters in that changing-room, who would answer Fergie back, but he managed to gel us altogether to achieve something special. That’s the greatness of the man

[Ince made close friends at United, including Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs] Giggsy was my best mate. He came from a split home so maybe that’s one reason we understood each other. I got on really well with his mum Lynne

It got to the stage at one point where Giggsy was having problems at home and we’d talk about it. ‘Listen I’ve not had a dad since I was two and the most important person in your life is your mum. Not your girlfriend, not your wife, it’s your mum. Don’t worry too much about your dad. You’ve come so far without him’

He ended up coming to stay with me for six months in Bramhall. He was a messy little bastard! His room had underpants and socks all over the place. I was saying to Claire: ‘Have you seen his room, it’s a disgrace.’ ‘Don’t worry,’ she said, ‘he’s only a kid!’ Giggsy did milk it. That’s where we built up our friendship. We used to practise goal celebrations in the bedroom. ‘No that’s not right, let’s try this one’ and eventually got it. That’s where we got those stupid dances!

He’s a smashing kid. To see him still playing now is amazing. I remember two years ago he came to my villa in Portugal with Stacey and the kids. He took his top off and he was just the same size as when he started playing. I thought I’d better leave my top on! He’s brilliant, converting from a flying-machine winger to playing in the centre of the park where he’s got to be cleverer

Me, Giggsy and Eric used to go out, have dinner, and we’d get on really, really well. Eric was funny, a good character, great company. When he was trying to be serious, me and Giggsy would be laughing. Eric would say: ‘What are you laughing at?’ ‘Nothing Eric. You’re 6ft 2in. We’re not laughing’

Eric was the best trainer I’d ever trained with. This was someone who used to come in at 9am at the Cliff, doing his own warm-up before anyone got there. We’d turn up at 9.45 and he’d been out there working on his skills for 45 minutes, left foot, right foot, every day. After about three months, I was there training early with him, Giggsy was there, Sharpey was there, copying him. I had to work on my left foot because it was rubbish. Now my left is nearly as good as my right all because of Eric

[By 1993, the United midfielder was acquiring more England caps, and also the armband, against the USA on the summer tour in Foxboro] The first question I got asked was: ‘what’s it like to be the first black England captain?’ I’d never really thought about it that way, I said. I was just proud to be England captain. I didn’t really look at my colour. Other people did. The fan-mail was unbelievable. I had 400-500 letters. They were from deprived kids. They were from mums and dads whose sons were in trouble, but I’d inspired them by becoming the first black England captain

They’d write: ‘Can you come down and have a chat with my kid’. I thought I can’t chat to 400 people. I replied to all the letters. I wrote: ‘If you work hard, and believe, you will get there in the end. That was the case with me: have the passion to deal with the obstacles put in your way’

[Ince was a passionate player, giving everything, learning from managers, playing under Roy Hodgson after moving to Inter in 1995 and then absorbing ideas under Venables with England] When I look back to euro 96 with Venables, he played three at the back more or less, a great bit of tactical genius from Terry. We should have won euro 96. We played good football, 4-1 against Holland, all passion and being on the front foot

Even during the Spain game when we got battered [and won on penalties], I felt it was our time. Against Germany, I still think Gazza’s going to get to that ball [sliding in and almost scoring]. I was taking the sixth penalty after Gareth Southgate. When he missed I was a bit relieved! I’m joking Southy! Penalties are a lottery. We should have beaten the Germans

[In 1997, Ince left Inter for Liverpool] I could have gone to Chelsea or Arsenal. Ruud Gullit was at Chelsea and wanted me. So did Arsène Wenger at Arsenal. I thought: ‘I spent six great years at United, I liked the North-west’. So I chose Liverpool. I loved Liverpool, everything about it. The fans were unbelievable. Chelsea had the Bridge and Arsenal had Highbury but there was something bigger about Old Trafford and Anfield. The European nights, the history. The chance to play at Anfield was something I couldn’t turn down

I was good friends with Macca (Steve McManaman), Jamie (Redknapp), Jamo (David James) and Robbie (Fowler). They felt I was the missing piece in the jigsaw in midfield to go on and do things. We had a really good side, me and Jamie and Patrik Berger, McManaman, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler, Karlheinz Riedle. If our defence had been great we would have won the title the year we finished third [in 97-98]

[One of Ince’s most memorable games came while a Liverpool player for England in qualifying for France 98, getting the required point in Rome, although they almost lost when Christian Vieri went close late on] That was a very good Italian team. That Vieri header! I was in London the other day with Thomas [after his loan move to Crystal Palace] and people came up, saying ‘remember Rome, you captained your country, you’d done [cut] your head’

I remember Demetrio Albertini elbowed me. I remember the doctor putting the stitches in, must have been the worst stitches put in. It kills me because it’s killed my hair! He was rushing, digging deeper and Hoddle was trying to do a team-talk. All the lads said they could hear me screaming because the doc was screwing up my stitches

The only other thing I remember was late on, Ian Wright cutting inside, hitting the post, him falling on the floor, Teddy Sheringham hitting the rebound, it getting blocked and him falling on the floor. Italy go down the pitch with Roberto Donadoni, who crosses, Vieri heads it and David Seaman is going the other way. It was like slow motion. I remember it going past the post

I turned and looked up the pitch and it was like a war-zone. Wrighty was on the floor, Sheringham was on the floor, their bench was on the floor, heads in hands. So was our bench. But we got through. I felt then that we could do well at the World Cup. I looked at players like Dave Seaman and Alan Shearer, and sensed that we would do really well. We had a good mix, old-school and young like Michael, we had flair and leaders

Hoddle was so into his football. I can’t believe Hoddle is not managing now. He has so much to give. He was so methodical. He was the Jose Mourinho of ‘98 because he was so far ahead of the game. He’d learned under Wenger. If Hoddle had stayed with England, we might have won something because he was that far ahead of anyone else

[England’s hopes in the round of 16 against Argentina were compromised by David Beckham’s dismissal for a gentle kick out at Diego Simeone] Becks getting sent off was devastating. I think we would have beaten Argentina and gone on to win that World Cup if we’d stayed at 11. That’s not to say anything against Becks. That’s probably a sending-off now but not back in ‘98. It was madness. It was a poor decision

Even now, I think of the shot I had at 2-2, 20 yards out. I think of what would have happened in my life if that had gone in. I’m not a great penalty-taker but I felt I’d had such a good game, playing so well, that if it came to penalties I was taking one. I was that confident. I’ll score. Then I missed a penalty and I felt it’s all my fault.

It hurt me more than ‘96. It was the World Cup. I felt that squad would never come together again. It was a morgue in the dressing-room. Tony Adams was trying to lift everyone, saying ‘we’ve done well with 10’. A few of us were in tears.

Becks was in tears. What Becks then had to go through was a disgrace, the way he was treated. It showed Becks’ strength of character to turn it around, score the winner against Greece to take England to the next World Cup. But ‘98 was my last chance. It killed me

[His club career kept going strong, continuing at Liverpool and then Middlesbrough] I didn’t want to leave Liverpool [in ‘99]. But Gerard Houllier said they were trying to sign Marc-Vivien Foe, God rest his soul

I’d had a really good season. I was 31. I had a lot left in me. Four years on, I was still playing in the Premier League against Stevie Gerrard. There was no reason to bring someone else in. But I’m not one to hold grudges. I got Player of the Year two years in a row at Middlesbrough and then went to Wolves and played under Glenn again

But my legs started to ache, I struggled to get up in the morning, and I started focusing on going into management. I never wanted to be a coach. I’m not a good coach. I don’t like coaching. I like to manage

[Ince wants more players from his generation and more recent ones to move into management] People like Rio Ferdinand – can we convince them to go into management?

You’ve got Tim Sherwood at Tottenham with Les Ferdinand on the bench. Weighty was always going to be a pundit. That’s his character and he does a fantastic punditry job. I look at Sol Campbell and Dave Seaman, played for England, where are they now? McManaman, Fowler. Shearer tried his hand at Newcastle. Gareth is now doing the Under-21s

Look at the Spanish and Germans and they all have ex-players involved in their national set-ups. We need to get the players in who’ve had the experiences, who are role models for these kids in the England Under-19s, who are earning a lot of money and think they’ve made it. They need coaches they respect straight away

[Ince’s managerial career started in unglamorous surrounds] If somebody had offered me a job in the Premiership when I left Wolves, I wouldn’t have taken it. I wanted to learn my trade, learn how to manage. I went to Swindon for four months, played a few games for Wisey and Gus Poyet, but it was mainly to look and learn. I did some coaching there, got to know the mentalities of the players. Sir Alex always said to me: ‘Motivation is the key to success’. Jose Mourinho inspires players

I have still a lot to learn. But I’ve done it the right way. I went to Macclesfield who were bottom of League Two. I got more phone calls from people saying ‘you are absolutely mad’ then saying ‘congratulations on your first job’. Before my first team-talk at Macclesfield I’ve never been so nervous. I couldn’t sleep the night before. But I kept Macclesfield up. I loved it there, putting the alarm on and locking the stadium up at 7.30pm

[Ince went on to MK Dons, and then Blackburn] I thought: ‘Jesus Christ, this is the Premiership, this is my chance’. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have taken the Blackburn job. It came too soon. Brad Friedel went. David Bentley went. They had four great years under Mark Hughes but it needed rebuilding. There was this trust fund. They weren’t actually putting any money into the club. It was really tough

[He went back to MK Dons and then on to Notts County] They were in trouble. But we got Thomas on loan [from Liverpool], Lee Miller on loan (from Middlesbrough) and went on a great run on a terrible pitch. This is what frustrates me: right, bang, we’d just beaten Sunderland away in the FA Cup, got Manchester City in the next round, drew 1-1 at Meadow Lane, and were trying to change the culture of the club. We couldn’t bring any players in and it killed us

It was exactly the same at Blackpool. Last year, they were going down, me and Alex came in, and our record was phenomenal, play-off form, and we managed to keep them up. I’m meticulous. Me and Alex got in early, didn’t leave the office until 7.30 at night. We didn’t cut corners

Anyway, we went to pre-season in Portugal. We had eight first-team players, eight kids and eight trialists. You don’t build a team from that. But we got off to a flying start. I knew the first XI we had at Blackpool could compete with anyone in the Championship with the motivation I give them

I knew as soon as we lost one or two to injury that we’d struggle. That’s why I had targets to come in to improve the team. But I wasn’t allowed to do it. I’d like to think people would understand what a great job I did at Blackpool. Football people know that

[He has hardly stopped talking, pausing only for a sip of water. Now 46, Ince also so much to say about the problems with English football generally] We are too obsessed with foreign managers. Because we have an influx of so many foreign players the owners think the best way is to bring in foreign coaches because they understand the culture of foreign players. Even watching the City-Chelsea game on Monday I was thinking everyone was foreign [19 of the 22 starters]. That can’t be right. As a former England player, that kills me

The problem we have is that the Premier League are not interested in England. The FA are but don’t have the power. We get through the group phases at a World Cup, play against a better team, get beaten and all of a sudden everyone says: ‘damn, we don’t have enough world-class players’

Well, we’re not going to have enough world-class players if we keep bringing in foreign players. There has to be some stipulation where you can only bring so many foreign players in. But the Premier League is so big now, it’s a train that’s not stopping

It saddens me more over what will happen next for England. Steven Gerrard is coming to the end of his career, probably has another two years. JT and Rio are not playing for England. Look at the all the great players we had – Shearer, Campbell, Adams. We’re not getting those players any more

I like Ross Barkley. He has something about him. I worked with Phil Jones at Blackburn. He has the right character. I don’t think he’s a central midfield player. But sometimes at centre half, he wants to go forward with the ball and gets himself in positions he shouldn’t

Look at the good England sides – Euro 96, France 98. They had characters, men, leaders. We’re not getting leaders any more. It’s the fault of the Academy system and society. Kids are getting snapped up by Premier League clubs at seven, coached at an early age. It’s not ‘go and enjoy football’. If they look half-decent they’re getting four-year contracts, their parents are being given money. Parents from foreign countries are being invited over and given a job

Why are these Premier League kids playing Under-21s? They should be playing [on loan] for League One or Two teams. You get more characters at Macclesfield and Notts County because they’re grown men, who’ve seen a bit of the outside world

Thomas could have signed a four-year deal at Liverpool. He said: ‘As much I love Liverpool, I need to go and see the real world.’ That’s why he went to Notts County where he could get kicked and no one cares who you are. He’s learned a lot from that

When I see all these kids in the England Under-21s, they’ve not been in the real world. They get too much, too soon. You see them driving around in nice cars and I’m thinking ‘you’ve not achieved anything yet’. I see them with earrings and tattoos. They think they’ve made it. A lot of players are more interested in looking like players rather than being players

Tom has no earrings, no tattoos. He wants to be a player. It would be easy for him to look like a player because ‘I’m Paul Ince’s son’ but he wants his own identity, to get away from ‘Paul Ince’s son’. He’s different to other kids. They just go on their PlayStations but Thomas will sit and watch games with me, Spanish, French, Italian football

I can have a conversation with him about any player. I don’t just want him to play the game; I want him to understand the game. If he goes to the next level, if somebody like Mourinho or Wenger says something to him, he will be able to take it in rather than go ‘uh?’ Maybe in 10 or 20 years’ time he might want to be a manager. He’s competitive – and polite

I’m polite. People don’t think I’m polite because they only see me from when I played football: aggressive, moans and shouts but only because I want to win. They don’t see me in my normal life, relaxed with my family. I’m quiet. But I want to get managing again. But I don’t want to keep jumping into fires all the time. I want a chairman who says: ‘right here’s a three-year plan’ and have some stability.

But when I look back I can’t complain, I’m a lucky, lucky man to have won trophies, played at Wembley, played in a World Cup. I’m privileged

I was the first black England captain. I was the first black Premier League manager. I am a trailblazer for other black people. I’m a pioneer

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] Becks was the true professional, he was probably the best technical player I played with. I used to watch him and watch him. As soon as we’d finished [training], the mannequins would be out and he’d be taking free-kicks, corners and he’d do it for an hour. Every training session he’d give 110 per cent, he would never beat anybody but if you give him a yard, he’ll put in the best balls you’ll ever see. What a player

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] For a complete player, without a doubt Keano. Apart from the bad side he had, he was the complete midfield player for me. He was an inspiration, a leader, could score you vital goals, he could tackle when he had too, he would be naughty when he had too but playing alongside him for three or four seasons helped him improve my game a lot

2015 12 04 Retrieve

[Paul Ince believes Ander Herrera is better suited to Spanish football] When they bought Herrera I thought it was a lot of money and when I first saw him he was small and looked quite weak, especially for the Premier League. I watched him play in Spain and he suits the Spanish game but I don’t think he suits the Premier League

When he plays he gets forward and gets a couple of goals but Van Gaal has gone for two strong ones sitting in there and it’s hard for him to fit into that. I’m not sure he’s going to be a regular in a Louis van Gaal side and although he’s a very good player he’s just more suited to Spain

[Paul Ince says Marouane Fellaini deserves to be more than a bench player] I feel sorry for Fellaini because the price tag was a lot of money. He played decent for Everton as a No 10 under Moyes but there are certain players in certain teams under certain managers who suit each other’s styles

With Fellaini I think he’s a very intelligent player but he’s at the wrong club. For a player of that ability to come on for the last 10 minutes in every game more or less just for long balls. I think he’s better than that and he deserves a chance. It’s also a sad indictment of United not creating enough chances when they have to throw on Fellaini and put balls into the box

He might decide that’s enough come January because every player wants regular football and he’s too good of a player to be sitting on the bench

2015 05 07 Retrieve

[Tom Ince tipped to be the next Bale by his father Paul Ince] I’m disappointed in Hull as, in every game he’s played, he’s done well. Instead of playing, he’s sitting in my house at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon when his team are playing, which can’t be right.

I’ve not spoken to [Hull boss Steve Bruce] yet but will be speaking to him very soon. If you allow Thomas to express himself, you’ll get rewards, as they’ve seen at Derby.

He’s still got a bit to do; he’s a little bit weak and will be a late developer. I remember looking at Bale and he was a little bit skinny but, the next year, he bulked up and was outstanding. That’s where Thomas is going to be next year.

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] What he’s done is unbelievable. You’ll never see anyone of his kind again. [. . .] The man was immense and he got the best out of me that’s for sure. The way he treated me was like a son

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[on Tony Adams] Colossus. Proper centre half. Men-of-men. In our England team we were all men, we were all big characters and big men but he was men-of-men. He was a leader and he inspired people around him. People say he wasn’t the best passer but he wasn’t that bad. His volley against Everton showed he could play. He wasn’t the quickest but his timing of tackling. He was a brilliant organiser, he’s top draw

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quote on Roberto Carlos] When I first met him at Inter, I thought wow. Firstly, I couldn’t believe how big his legs were, you can see that in the way he plays and strikes a ball. He had great pace up and down the line, he could tackle, score and he was an incredible player

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] Probably the best player I played with. What more can I say? He’s a maverick, he just had everything. He wasn’t the quickest but he had that little injection of pace to get away from people [. . .]. He’s brilliant, scores all types of goals and without doubt the best player I played alongside

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] When I think about a complete striker and what I’d want as a manager as my striker is Alan Shearer. It’s not just the goals he scored, he was a handful, he could run the channels, his retention of the ball was fantastic and he was a leader of men. I don’t think we’ll have a striker in that mould again

2016 10 10 Retrieve

[Paul Ince on Tony Adams] Colossus. Proper centre half. Men-of-men. In our England team we were all men, we were all big characters and big men but Tony Adams was men-of-men

2017 02 04 Retrieve

[Paul Ince believes that Wayne Rooney’s time at Manchester United is finished] If I was in his position, at his age, there’s absolutely no chance I’d stay at Manchester United. Rooney is 31 and still has a lot to offer. He wants to play football, and wants to play every game. His time at Man United is finished if they can’t offer him that anymore. He’s too good to be a bit-part player and it’s time for him to move on from Manchester United

People shouldn’t even be suggesting that Wayne Rooney is finished in football. It’s disrespectful to even suggest that. He is world class, and has proven that time and time again at the highest level

There’s been talk of a move to China or to the MLS, but he still has plenty more to give to top-flight English football. If Jose Mourinho said he was available, there should be plenty of Premier League top half clubs who would jump to sign him

2020 02 08 Retrieve

[Paul Ince on Anthony Martial] I can’t believe Martial stayed on for so long. I’ve always called him a fizzy drink. You open a can, it fizzes and then it goes flatv

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[United will be vying for Aston Villa hero Jack Grealish in the summer. Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has been linked with a move to United and Everton. However, Paul Ince has warned that plenty of Premier League rivals will also be in the hunt] Do I see him as a United player? Well, I could also see him at City or Liverpool. Tottenham also wanted him not so long ago. There will be plenty of suitors for Grealish. We’re all saying United, but he’d fit in with any team in the top five

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Paul Ince says Jadon Sancho is ‘worth breaking the bank for’] Ed Woodward was totally right when he said that, at Manchester United, there’ll be a ‘new normal’ in terms of spending because of the current situation. Where we’ll see it the most is with these crazily inflated transfer fees. A player that was £100m might now be more like £50m, and a £50m player might be more in the £20-30m region.

What I have to say, though, is that I believe that’s a good thing. The amount clubs and agents were demanding around signings had got stupid. Although the circumstances are terrible, it will be good to see a sense of normality again with the huge amounts we were seeing for players. One player that Man Utd, and Ed Woodward, would probably change their thinking on is Jadon Sancho. He’s worth breaking the bank for. He’s still young, only 20, yet so established. He’s obviously incredibly talented, and although the club will be entering a bidding war if they want to buy him, if they have the chance they would be stupid not to. Fans would be right to be disappointed if they thought United had the chance to have Sancho, and the club didn’t fight for him