Giuliano Maiorana was plucked from non-league obscurity and thrust straight into the Manchester United first-team as a 19-year-old in the late 1980s.
He was a young winger with immense potential, who loved nothing more than to get fans out of their seats with mazy dribbles and audacious skill.
But Maiorana had a difficult relationship with Alex Ferguson and was banished to the reserves before injury ended his career at 24.
I caught up with the ex Red a few weeks back to do an interview which has been published by FourFourTwo. He told me his fascinating story with great honesty and meticulous detail.
While speaking with "Jules", I also asked him for his views on the current United side for the Busby Babe, here’s what he said:
"I watch the big games now, I watched the game last night [Feyenoord away]. I watched United against Man City. I watch the big games if I can but I don’t go out of my way for it," Maiorana said.
"I’m not going to say too much about [José] Mourinho, because I thought [Louis] van Gaal was the man for the job and he failed miserably. He had the credentials for the job, having managed Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but he failed."
"Jose Mourinho has got a great chance. He won the Champions League with Porto and with Inter Milan, who had an average team, so he’s got the credentials also.
"In my eyes, they haven’t started particularly well. Pogba’s got pull his socks up. I saw something on Facebook showing that he’s scored none, assisted none, but had three haircuts.
"I think these days they care more about their image than playing football. It’s a different game; I don’t think they’re as good as the players of yesteryear.
"They’re football robots, even when they come off the pitch and give interviews, they come off the pitch and it’s all pre-determined what they are going to say – it’s pathetic. It’s not the football I grew up to love."