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Man United Transfer News: John O'Shea Completes Sunderland Switch

Abhishek Iyer
859   //    08 Jul 2011, 00:07 IST

Man United defender John O’Shea has joined Steve Bruce’s Sunderland on a long term contract for an undisclosed fee, along with fellow United player Wes Brown. Both deals were concluded today and Darren Gibson could also move to The Stadium of Light over the next few days.

O'Shea joins Black Cats

O’Shea was one of the most versatile players in the United setup, capable of playing anywhere across the back four, in midfield and even dabbling with the striker’s role in a couple of matches. He has been a cult hero with the United faithful, a last minute goal against Liverpool at the Kop End being one of the most famous moments for which O’Shea will be remembered.

Sir Alex Ferguson raised his glass to O’Shea and paid tribute to the selfless performances and cool head he displayed during his United career. He understood O’Shea’s need to play more games at this stage of his career and hoped that he would get ample playing opportunities at Sunderland.

He was of the opinion that Steve Bruce had earmarked O’Shea for a senior role in the team to help Sunderland improve from their position last season. Speaking to the official website, he said-

“John has been an outstanding servant to the club, since he broke into the first team almost a decade ago,”

“His versatility, calmness under pressure and his commitment to the cause at United means that fans will remember him with great affection.

“John has won so many medals – and has deserved every one of them. He epitomises our club’s approach as a team. After so many years of service to United, I’m pleased that John has found a career opportunity which will deliver the number of games he deserves.

“We wish John every success in his new life. Steve Bruce is a manager that knows how to blend youth and experience and I’m sure he has John earmarked for a senior role in trying to take Sunderland on from their finish last season.”

O’Shea will hope that he plays a more pivotal role in Sunderland than his bit-part but no less important duties at United.

Abhishek Iyer
24 year old, short term pessimist and long term optimist gooner. If you read any of my stuff and come to the conclusion that I know nothing about football, we\'ve finally reached an agreement.
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