JOHN O’SHEA: The Man and his Versatility
Born in Waterford, Republic of Ireland, he played for Ferrybank AFC and Waterford Bohemians before joining Manchester United youth academy in 1998(aged 17). He made his professional debut for the Red Devils on 13 October 1999 against Aston Villa at Villa Park in a 3-0 Football League Cup defeat.
Following loan spells at Bournemouth and Belgian side Royal Antwerp, he returned to Manchester and began to feature in the United first team in the 2002–03 season. Known for his versatility in playing several positions, the defender spent 12 years(1999-2011) with the United first-team set up, netting 15 goals in 393 games. He also won 14 trophies during his time with the club.
He joined Sunderland AFC in July 2011. Having played 256 times for the Wearside club and scoring four goals, he signed for Championship side Reading in July 2018 until his retirement in May 2019.
He made his senior international debut for Republic of Ireland in 2001 against Croatia, going on to become the country’s third most capped player with 3 goals in 118 games(2001-2018).
He is currently the first-team coach for Reading.
John Francis O’Shea is 39 today.