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'This Liverpool team isn't a patch on the ones I played against'

During Ashley Grimes' six-year stint as a Manchester United player the team 'did a bit of damage' to Liverpool, but the Anfield side hoovered up trophies while penny-pinching United lost players and won little, as the former Ireland star recalls

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Ashley Grimes in action for Manchester United. Photo: Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images

Ashley Grimes in action for Manchester United. Photo: Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images

Ashley Grimes in action for Manchester United. Photo: Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images

In the 'before time', when there was no pandemic, match day at Old Trafford for former Manchester United player Ashley Grimes meant a stint on hospitality duty, chatting to fans about his own time as a footballer there as well as the current state of the game.

A veteran of six full seasons at United from 1977 to 1983, and 107 appearances with 10 goals, the man from Cabra has some stories to tell: he was Tommy Docherty's last signing for the club, was a spectator for their two FA Cup wins of that period, missed a year of football with an infection picked up on Ireland duty and then scored in the second game of his comeback, and left Old Trafford after six years, partly due to the penny-pinching approach by the club.

It's a career which, overall, the 63-year-old is proud of. "At the very start of it all, the dream was to play at Wembley and represent my country and I did both," Grimes says now.


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