The three-time Man Utd winner has finally stopped feeling like a cheat over the 1999 medal as he surrenders to management
ER has gone from “cheating” the 1999 Manchester United Treble winners to becoming Lord of his hometown club.
And the forgotten midfielder from arguably Alex Ferguson’s best team is now hoping to build a dynasty of his own.
The ex-England Under-21 star played at Old Trafford for three years.
That’s more time than it took to lift Scarborough Athletic into the sixth division.
And while he may be out of mind from United’s golden era, he could be remembered forever at his part-time club if promotion continues.
The former West Brom star, 44, insists the dream of reaching the EFL is within reach – 16 years after the original Scarborough club was liquidated.
Step forward, Jonathan Greening.
He once admitted feeling like a “cheater” for winning a Champions League medal when United completed the treble with a last-second turnaround triumph over Bayern Munich.
It’s a different world in the National League North, of course, where Scarborough exceeded expectations by finishing fifth after promotion via the Northern Premier League play-offs.
And in a way, that change is accentuated by Greening swapping the clean look of his Prem days for a beard and casual attire.
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He’s also just as ambitious in Scarborough’s development years as he was in United’s heyday.
He told the Mirror: “When I got the opportunity to take over here, I just couldn’t turn it down.
“My mom, dad, brothers and sisters still live in town and it just felt right.
“The club is trying to build something special that has its roots in the community.
“We’re fan-owned so we don’t have a lot of money to spend, but we have a tight group of players in good spirits and the momentum of promotion has affected this season.
“It’s not an ego trip – since retiring as a player in 2014 I’ve spent over six years working at Nottingham Forest with Under-21s, York City with Under-18s and at the i2i academy in York.”
But despite his pedigree, he added: “Sometimes players don’t listen to me but I try to give something back to football because the game has been good to me.
“I’ve had a great career, lived my dream and now I’m managing my hometown club. So why should I complain?”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7314414/man-utd-treble-winner-manager-non-league/ The three-time Man Utd winner has finally stopped feeling like a cheat over the 1999 medal as he surrenders to management