About the author
Ben Thornley is a former Manchester United, Huddersfield Town and Aberdeen winger who now enjoys a big and popular profile working in the media - including for MUTV. Ben was part of United's Class of '92 and also an England U21 international. Thornley signed for United at age 14 and made his first-team debut as a substitute at West Ham when he was 18. He was in line to feature in the 1994 FA Cup semi-final against Oldham before a terrible tackle playing for the reserve-team left him with a knee injury that United's physio at the time, Rob Squire, described as the worst he'd seen "in 30 years". “Ben would have outdone us all – that’s the sad part,” former teammate David Beckham would later say. “Without a doubt, he would have been one of the best for United and England.” Thornley would fight back to carve out a successful pro career for himself before hanging up the boots at a full-time level at 28. He is now a popular pundit for MUTV and other media outlets.