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The right move, says Danny

21 November 2019

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There are two stand-out moments from his time at Sheffield United which have left an indelible mark on ex-Blade Danny Webber.

The former striker features as one of our two main articles in this weekend's edition of UTB - the club's official matchday programme.

With Manchester United in town, we contacted Danny to cover off his time both with the Blades and Sunday's visitors - where he started his professional career.

There is a full interview in Sunday's edition, but here's some of the content we couldn't pack into the feature.

And those two moments which have remained with Danny ever since he departed in 2009? Well, the first arrived in just his second game when he netted in what turned into a memorable 4-0 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road.

Danny recalls: "I came on loan to start with, but there was a view to make it permanent in the summer, and as soon as I put the shirt on, I knew it was the right move.

"I scored a couple of goals against QPR, but the early game that stands out was Leeds where I really knew I'd made a great decision. I scored and we won 4-0, I remember seeing just how much it meant to everyone."

And the other moment? Danny talks us through the momentous day at Cardiff where his goal virtually sealed United's promotion to the Premier League.

He continued: "The Cardiff goal was the other moment that still really stands out for me even now.

"I was so determined to make sure I scored when I was running towards goal after missing a good chance before. I did score, and in my celebration, you could see what it meant to me as I was running down the sideline high-fiving Warnock.

"We won the game and more than anything I remember going over to the fans and seeing the red half of the city so buzzing, knowing full well that 99% we were up."

The Manchester-born hit-man began his career with his boyhood club, but finding first-team opportunities at Old Trafford during the Red Devils' dominant period was hard to come by.

After making three senior appearances, he decided to leave to further his career, but looking back the now 37-year-old had nothing but positive words about the grounding he received at Old Trafford.

"I remember going in on my first day as a 10-year-old and I was greeted by Brian Kidd and Nobby Stiles - they were the examples of the continuation of standards that were set on you from the first day," Danny recalls.

"As a 10-year-old walking in, you have your dad explaining to you who they are, because really at that age you just want to get on with playing football. As you get older though, it kind of dawns on you just how big these guys are. I remember when I was about 14, I was introduced to Sir Matt Busby and Bobby Charlton and then you get the full picture of the size of the club and the history behind it.

"At the back end of my career I was quite philosophical knowing that there are millions of people out there who would have loved to have done what I did. The education I received was massive. The experiences I did garner, I've always taken them with me in life, and always will."

There is much more from Danny in Sunday's UTB, including his interesting story behind signing for the Blades and his time playing in the Premier League.

Your copy of UTB will be available from all the usual outlets, with another bumper 100-page edition priced at £3.50.

This weekend we also have interviews from Jack O'Connell, George Baldock, Simon Moore and Chris Wilder, whilst Ollie Norwood is our second big feature as he talks about life with the Blades, his promotions to the Premier League and his early years at Manchester United. Richard Stearman is also featured in our One2Eleven, whilst John Lundstram picks his toughest opponents.


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