â€śI think itâ€™s instilled into you, itâ€™s how youâ€™re brought up,â€ť Higginbotham, who made seven appearances at United before joining Derby County in 2000, told manutd.com. â€śFrom day one youâ€™re just brought up the right way, to respect everything and everybody, and to play football the right way. Nobody gets too big for their boots and itâ€™s all about working hard, which is what everybody does.
â€śIt was always stressed that there was time for fun, but when you were on the training pitch or during a game then it was serious. They encouraged you to enjoy your football, and to express yourself. When youâ€™re a youngster growing up, I donâ€™t think you could have a better education than at a club like United.
â€śIt was always stressed that you could have all the talent in the world, but if you didnâ€™t graft then it was just going to be a waste. I wanted to make sure that never happened.â€ť