IRISH LEFT-BACK Sean McGinty has the unfortunate distinction of being the last player booted out the Old Trafford exit door by departing boss Alex Ferguson.
The defender’s contract was ‘terminated by mutual consent’ after a breach of club discipline saw him sent back from his Tranmere loan spell.
The Maidstone-born player reportedly failed to show up for training, and was promptly disciplined – the second time a loan spell of his has ended prematurely, after he was previously sent back by Oxford.
McGinty, who had one year left on his United contract, had previously provoked the ire of Fergie, when he was convicted of drink driving last year, having been found driving the wrong way on a one-way street at 4.30am after leaving a nightclub.
And even with the United boss preparing for his imminent departure, he was not willing to allow sentiment get in the way of the tough decision he felt needed to be made.
The 19-year-old left-back had been part of the Red Devils’ 2011 FA Youth Cup-winning team, and also represented Ireland at underage level, having been bought by the club as a 16-year-old for £1million, after showing considerable promise as a youngster with Charlton.