Manchester United have splashed out over a quarter of a million pounds to buy some of club legend Nobby Stiles’s most prized possessions.
The former Reds defender decided to auction off his 1966 World Cup winners medal and 1968 European Cup winners medal as well as his England cap and United shirt from those occasions.
Rather than allowing them to go to elsewhere, the club paid a total of £237,000 for both medals, which will now be displayed in the Manchester United museum at Old Trafford.
The fee of £188,200 for the World Cup medal is a new record for a footballing medal, and United also paid £30,582 to claim the blue away shirt Stiles wore against Benfica.
Owen considers retirement.
Reds striker Michael Owen claims he could quit football if he is not offered a contract extension to stay at Old Trafford.
Owen’s current deal runs out next summer, and with the emergence of young strikers Javier Hernandez and Federico Macheda, he may well find himself surplus to requirements.
The 30-year-old has appeared for three of the world’s biggest clubs in Liverpool, Real Madrid and United, and admitted to The Sun, that he will not drop down and play for a ‘lesser club’, “I could score at this level for many years and would love it to be at a top club like United. Whether I would want to be dropping down to a poorer Premier League team, I don’t know. I could score goals but I would probably get less opportunities and less enjoyment.”
Hernandez nearly quit.
Javier Hernandez’s dad has revealed he had to persuade his son not to hang up his boots just two years ago.
‘Chicharito’ has been a revelation since arriving at United, scoring late winning goals in three games this month, however, it was a different story when Hernandez jnr was struggling to make his way at former club Chivas.
The Mexico ace had gone two years without scoring a first-team goal and had been jettisoned to the Chivas’ reserves playing in the Mexican second tier
Hernandez snr told : “He doubted he was capable of playing in the First Division. We told him he had to be patient, but as a young player he was impatient.”