‘Somebody kick him’ – Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Seaman reveals thoughts before Ryan Giggs scored FA Cup semi-final goal for Man United

12 Apr

It has been 20 years since one of the iconic moments in FA Cup history happened.

At Villa Park on 14 April, Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs scored the goal of his life in the semi-final replay against Arsenal.

Giggs ran through the heart of the Gunners’ midfield and defence before smashing the ball beyond David Seaman to give United a 2-1 extra-time win in a pulsating affair.

Ryan Giggs went past numerous Arsenal players before firing the ball into the roof of the net

David Beckham’s wonderful curling effort gave United the lead before Dennis Bergkamp replied for the Gunners.

United then had Roy Keane sent off and were on the brink of exit when Arsenal were awarded a penalty late on.

But Peter Schmeichel was equal to Bergkamp’s spot-kick and in the second period of extra-time Giggs produced his moment of magic to send the Red Devils to the final en route to their famous treble-winning campaign of the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League.

United went on to win the FA Cup as well as the Premier League and Champions League that season

And while everyone marvelled at Giggs’ brilliance, it’s fair to say Seaman wasn’t!

Speaking to former United striker Andy Cole on talkSPORT’s Re:United series in August, the former goalkeeper said: “I was thinking ‘somebody kick him’… and then he got into the area and them I’m like, ‘don’t kick him, don’t kick him!

“And then he smashed it so hard. I was moving for the ball coming out!

“It was one of those ones where he hit it so hard that my reactions were nowhere near quick enough for the ball.

“I’d gone a little bit low because I thought he would go low if I’m honest but he launched it straight over.”

Below you can see the clip of Seaman and Cole discussing THAT goal.

Steve McMahon rejected the chance to join Liverpool from Everton despite Bob Paisley’s generous offer

7 Oct

When Steve McMahon left Everton for Aston Villa in 1983, some fans were left with a bitter taste in their mouths.

‘Greedy’ was one of many insults chucked his way, which presumably hurt given that this was the club he supported as a kid, a place where he was a ball boy in his early years and a captain in his latter.

He even TURNED down Bob Paisley’s Liverpool out of his respect for the blue half of Merseyside.

“Nobody actually got the true story, even some of the players I played with didn’t know the true story,” he told talkSPORT’s Re:United, in an interview which will air on Sunday night.

McMahon told talkSPORT he could have joined Liverpool from Everton in 1983, but decided not to

Sitting alongside Everton goal hero Graeme Sharp, McMahon said: “At the end of the day, I was an asset and Everton wanted to sell me. Simple as – that’s football.

“But if that was the way it was, then they should have come out and said so rather than make me the villain of the piece because that didn’t help me for two or three years.”

He spent two years at Villa Park before Everton’s all powerful rivals offered him a second chance to don the famous red shirt again, this time with Kenny Dalglish at the helm.

There was a great big Graeme Souness-shaped hole in midfield that needed filling and McMahon was the man to do it. A £350,000 deal was agreed and the boyhood Toffee became the Anfield legend’s first signing as manager.

In 277 games, he scored 50 times, winning three league titles and two FA Cups.

“When Steve McMahon plays well, I always think that Liverpool will play well”

The combative midfielder’s influence to Liverpool was probably best summed up by Paisley, the man who tried to sign him in two years earlier. “When Steve McMahon plays well, I always think that Liverpool will play well.”

Steve McMahon [right] was a title winner with Liverpool
However, when Sharp pointed out the possible fall out had he moved directly from Goodison to Anfield, the 57-year-old explained that was one of the reasons he said no to Paisley.

“I was sat in his office with my dad – I’d already agreed to go to Villa, but then I got a call from Liverpool telling me they wanted to sign me.

“People say I was greedy and left [Everton] for the money. I didn’t because Liverpool offered me more. They actually said: ‘What have Villa offered you?’ I told them the package, which at the time was a lot of dough, and they said ‘we’ll double that, no problem.’

“And I told them that for personal reasons and family reasons I think it’s best I don’t sign for Liverpool.

“That’s the way I left it. They appreciated it and wished me luck and then later I had the opportunity to come back.

“That’s the way it is and you have to conduct yourself properly. I did it for the right reasons.”

Listen to Re:United on talkSPORT on Sunday 7 October at 8pm

Steve McMahon and Graeme Sharp talk to talkSPORT’s Re:United