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Remembering when Sir Alex Ferguson made Chelsea give a guard of honour to Dong Fangzhou

Best Premier League moment ever? Almost definitely...

This is why Sir Alex Ferguson is a legend.

If John Terry giving Dong Fangzhuo a guard of honour isn’t your all-time favourite Premier League moment then take a moment to re-evaluate.

Back in 2007, the Chelsea captain, along with Claude Makelele, Michael Essien and others, lined up to applaud Man United onto the field before their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

United had won the title the week before, and so the Blues were obligated by tradition to show their appreciation.

But rather than Ronaldo, Rooney, Ferdinand, Giggs, Scholes and company basking in the praise, a very different United side received the honour.

How’s this for a line-up?



Sheffield Wednesday fans will recognise right-back Kieran Lee.

This was the Owls midfielder’s only league game for Man United.

Fanghzou is the other standout name among the second-string starting XI.

The Chinese forward was on the books at Old Trafford for nearly four years but spent most of his time on loan at Royal Antwerp, where he actually scored plenty of goals.

After leaving United in 2008, he returned to China but buckled under the pressure of expectation and ended up rotting in Dalian Shide’s reserves.

Fangzhou was widely mocked for failing to live up the hype and in 2016 he underwent plastic surgery to his face so that he would be unrecognisable to the teasing public.

Two legends of the game…

Two legends of the game…

Chris Eagles, Kieran Richardson and Tomasz Kuszczak were also flattered by Chelsea’s guard of honour in 2007.

Eagles left Oldham by mutual consent earlier this year, Richardson failed to earn a contract after a trial with Southend, and Kuszczak was occasionally frequented the sticks at Birmingham until 2019.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Gabriel Heinze were the only vaguely recognisable first-team regulars..

So why did Sir Alex play the reserves?

Seriously, what a moment

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Seriously, what a moment

With the league wrapped up, the legendary manager made the FA Cup his top priority.

It just so happens that United were set to play Chelsea at Wembley ten days after their Premier League meeting.

And so Jose Mourinho also rested players, but with Terry, Essien and Makelele in the starting line-up, he didn’t go as far as Fergie.

The game ended 0-0, which just goes to show Ferguson’s managerial prowess.

However, Chelsea quickly gained revenge, as Didier Drogba scored late into extra-time in the FA Cup final to deny United the double.

Fair enough…

Fair enough…

Still, Terry had to give Fangzhou a guard of honour.

And that’s the real quiz.