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After his wife Linda infamously flicked the Vs at Ferguson, he headed back to Scotland
Having been a core component of Ferguson's hugely successful Aberdeen side, it was little surprise Leighton joined his mentor at Old Trafford in 1988.
During the 1989/90 season, his erratic form between the sticks culminated in a skittish performance in the first match of the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, which United drew 3-3. Leighton was controversially dropped for the replay, playing just once more for the club.
After his wife Linda infamously flicked the Vs at Ferguson, he headed back to Scotland where he played for Hibs, Aberdeen again (he broke his jaw in the 2000 Scottish FA Cup final) and kept goal for his country at the 1998 World Cup.
After Sealey died from a heart attack in 2001, Leighton – with whom he'd remained close – acted as a pallbearer at his funeral
In just his third start for the club, stand-in keeper Sealey withstood Palace's aerial battering in the replay and kept a clean sheet for United's 1-0 win. Afterwards, he sought out the tearful Leighton and gave him his winner’s medal. Later, Leighton slipped it back into Sealey's pocket.
Aged 32, Sealey secured more silverware at United when they won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991. Sealey then mostly played an understudy role at a string of clubs throughout the ‘90s, before accepting the role of goalkeeping coach at West Ham.
After Sealey died from a heart attack in 2001, Leighton – with whom he'd remained close – acted as a pallbearer at his funeral.
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