Mark Bosnich: the man who had more interest in filling his stomach than playing for Manchester United.
Ah, the great Peter Schmeichel. A Manchester United legend of the highest order; the man who guarded the sticks on one of the most memorable nights in the club’s history, and a cat-like dictator no player would mess with if they wanted to return home to their family intact. In the interest of maintaining his United legacy, we’ll forget about his move across the city in 2002 (though Gary Neville probably never will).
How on earth does a club replace a player like Peter Schmeichel, the best in class, you might ask? Well, United had just the answer. Sort of. Not really. Okay…not at all, we were lying.
The Red Devils brought in Australian stopper Mark Bosnich to fill the immense void left by the Great Dane when he departed for Sporting Lisbon in 1999, which was essentially like trying to cork a wine bottle with a single bb pellet.
You know things are bad when Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the greatest of all time, and someone who later admitted he didn’t have the greatest luck when signing goalkeepers, calls you a “terrible professional”.
“We played down at Wimbledon and Bosnich was tucking into everything: sandwiches, soups, steaks. He was going through the menu,” he said in his latest book, My Autobiography.
“I told him, ‘For Christ’s sake, Mark, we’ve got the weight off you. Why are you tucking into all that stuff?’
“We arrived back in Manchester, and Mark was on mobile phone to a Chinese restaurant to order a takeaway. Is there no end to you? I just couldn’t make an impact on him.”
Indeed, Bosnich’s takeaway antics probably explains why he leapt around the goalmouth like a fish out of water. A string of indifferent performances, and an obvious taste for Asian cuisine, eventually saw Manchester United terminate the 29-year-old’s contract in 2001 – two years and one million tikka masalas down the line.
Manchester United fans, where does Bosnich rank as one of your worst ever signings? Let us know in the comments below…
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