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Roy Carroll: Fergie kept his word and made me a Cup winner, and I'll forever be grateful for that

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Roy Carroll with the trophy

Roy Carroll with the trophy

Roy Carroll with the trophy

When it came to the Manchester United of Sir Alex Ferguson, few thought it wise to challenge the gaffer. Fewer still lasted any length of time at Old Trafford having done so.

But when Roy Carroll accepted a heart-breaking demotion to the substitute’s bench on the eve of the 2004 FA Cup final, it wasn’t just a decision that the Northern Irish keeper felt he couldn’t argue, it was one with which he felt he had no argument.

The Fermanagh man had joined United almost three years prior, only after a move to Leicester collapsed when the Foxes instead opted for the more experienced Ian Walker.