My work with Play With A Legend consists of interviewing different footballers each week, and last week the company arranged an event with ex-Manchester United player Clayton Blackmore.
Obviously the entire interview needs to be spread out but Blackmore took some time out to answer a few questions exclusive to Stretty News.
Dale O’Donnell: You came through the Manchester United academy, won the club’s first league title in 26-years and played a key role in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup triumph in ’91. What was the best moment from your time at United?
Clayton Blackmore: “I think winning things is the most important thing and it was good to win the FA Cup but obviously getting into Europe then and winning the Cup Winners’ Cup and also beating Barcelona in the final was probably the highest. I think if you ask Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes as well, it would be the same thing. Those are the big European nights. It was fantastic.”
Dale O’Donnell: Who was the best player during your time at Manchester United?
Clayton Blackmore: “It would be a young Ryan Giggs. Pound for pound Robson and Hughes; there was nobody better than them. Then obviously the list goes on with Roy Keanes, you got your Eric Cantonas. Then defensively, you’ve got some top players but because they don’t score goals they’re never brought into these sort of categories of best players.
“But for me it was Ryan Giggs. He was a bit unplayable. I have watched him a lot since and when Ronaldo plays he’s probably took it to another level, but Ryan for me was the best player.”
Dale O’Donnell: Fans fondly recall how you prevented Michael Laudrup scoring and equaliser in Rotterdam. Did you know much about the block?
Clayton Blackmore: “Yeah. It hit my foot.
“Yeah, obviously I’ve played in every position. At that time I think [Steve] Bruce had given away the ball, and my instinct was to go back towards the goalkeeper. We knew Les [Sealey] had a bad knee injury at the time and I got myself back in behind in and luckily it was the right spot.
Dale O’Donnell: We see players come and go with versatility. For you, was it a hindrance?
Clayton Blackmore: “It might have been for me. My best season was at left back. I played there all season in 91’ when we won the Cup Winners’ Cup and we went on to win the Super Cup as well which was probably the best season I had at the club. But, you know, I enjoyed in all the positions I played in.
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