Gary Pallister explains his role as Steve Bruce's 'decoy' at Manchester United

Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister of Manchester United laugh during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers on 3 May, 1993 at Old Trafford in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Gary Pallister has revealed the key reason why he scored so few goals for Manchester United compared his Red Devils centre-back partner, Steve Bruce.

Both players were rocks at the back during United's first three Premier League title-winning campaigns (while Pallister won another after Bruce had left Old Trafford) – but Bruce finished his Red Devils career with 51 goals to Pallister's 15.

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...