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On Days Like These: The Lost Memoir of a Goalkeeper

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Now if it was Denis …” And we both burst out laughing because the thought of Denis Irwin telling Ferguson to f--- off four times is too ridiculous for words.

My rival keeper was Billy McMahon, who had a bad knee injury, and I was in the first year of my scholarship so I thought I had to make the most of my opportunities,’ he explained.It nearly killed me, and what I always say to anyone in this situation is whatever else is happening, talk, to anyone, just talk – or it will kill you. In his second spell at Old Trafford, he made just two first-team appearances – once as a substitute when Schmeichel was sent off in the FA Cup Quarter-final against Charlton and the other in the League Cup final for which Schmeichel was suspended, which United lost 3–1 to his old club, Aston Villa. Football had given me discipline and my dad had given me discipline and when I lost them both, I suppose I hit the self-destruct button. After the first game against Crystal Palace was drawn 3-3, he dropped his goalkeeper, Jim Leighton, who had been with Ferguson for most of his managerial career, and replaced him with Sealey, who had played just two matches in a year. You could just make out a stream of words you couldn’t understand, while someone behind you would say: “What’s Russian for ‘f--- off’?

Sealey played in four cup finals for United, including the 1990 FA Cup final replay when Ferguson dropped first-choice goalkeeper Jim Leighton after the team narrowly avoided defeat by Crystal Palace in the first game.For half a second, we stared at each other with a mutual recognition of how ridiculous this was, before our security guards swept me and my team-mates towards the exits. One of Sealey's pupils at West Ham was Stephen Bywater who wore the number 43 on his shirt as a tribute to his former coach. Thirteen years after Sealey died at 43, his son Joe was handed a box of cassettes his dad had recorded.

It was put together in 1994 by Clitheroe from the interviews on the tapes, and it charts the popular East Ender’s adventures as a goalkeeper with nine clubs, from Coventry to West Ham.After the game finished 3-3, the manager decided that he was going to play dad in the replay and renewed his loan for another month so he could play.

Marcus Rashford is 'out of control' and 'has NO respect' for Erik ten Hag or his Man United team-mates, claims Chris Sutton on It's All Kicking Off. From those, the author Tim Rich recreated Les’s voice and wrote one of the football books of this year or any other – On Days Like These: The Lost Memoir of a Goalkeeper.

He was by far and away my favourite at a young age – though, credit to Andy Dibble, he probably found himself as my second favourite after that penalty save at Wembley which won us the Littlewoods Cup. I imagine I will do at some stage, but I’ve still not listened to the tapes yet – I’m not quite ready. What’s more likely is that the pressurised cabin would have intensified everything surrounding the wound and your leg would have had to be amputated. He never went to film premieres, wouldn't do magazines, wouldn’t do newspaper interviews, hardly did anything like that.

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