|Nationality||Great Britain (UK)|
|Date Joined||01 Jul 2002|
|Years at Club||8|
Brian McClair is United’s Academy Director, a role he assumed in the summer of 2006 after a year spent shadowing former incumbent Les Kershaw.
The former Reds striker has also managed the U-19s and the Reserves in two separate spells, latterly taking charge of the second string alongside Jim Ryan for two seasons before handing over the reins to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Having enjoyed a successful playing career at United, McClair has enjoyed a successful coaching spell too, winning the Reserve League in his first season, the FA Youth Cup in 2003, and a Reserve quadruple as Ricky Sbragia’s assistant in 2004/05
before winning the Manchester Senior Cup final in May 2008.
The Scot played for the Reds from 1987-1998, making 470 appearances and scoring 126 goals. Having signed for the Reds for £850,000 he became the first player since George Best to score 20 league goals in a season.
It was an impressive start for the striker who’d previously played for Motherwell and Celtic. But in the latter half of his spell at United player he dropped further back, covering a number of midfield positions.
The former Scottish international amassed an impressive haul of medals in his playing days at Old Trafford: four Premiership winners medals, three FA Cup winners medals, one League Cup winners medal (he scored the winner in the final), and a European Cup Winners’ Cup medal.
He left United at the end of the 1997/98 season, joining Motherwell on a free transfer. His stay there was short-lived and he returned south to join Brian Kidd at Blackburn Rovers in the role of assistant manager.
His return to the club has been a successful one and Choccy, as he’s known around Carrington, admits that working with today’s youngsters is the next best thing to actually playing.
“This is the closest thing I’ve found to playing,” he insists. “Nothing really comes close to it, but this is as good as it gets as far as I’m concerned, the next best thing.”