Sharpe, who made 263 appearances for the club between 1988 and 1996, revealed that manager Sir Alex Ferguson demanded the senior players support their younger, more inexperienced colleagues.
And in United’s first title-winning team of the Premier League era – which featured players like Robson, Mark Hughes and Paul Ince – there was no shortage of willing volunteers when a scrap was on the cards.
“Even later on when I was playing regularly, there was myself, Giggs and Kanchelskis [who] were probably the only three players who couldn’t kick them back and sort of hurt them if you like,” said Sharpe.
“We had a team full of aggressors who just wanted to fight people as much as play football. The manager was big into us being looked after, especially young lads getting in the team.”
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