The Hard Working Michael Clegg
Born in the town of Ashton-under-Lyne, Michael Clegg began as a trainee with Manchester United where the promising prodigy made his first league appearance in a 2–2 draw with Middleborough at Riverside Stadium in November 1996. Clegg struggled for a place in the first team at Manchester United, however, and the strong and hard working defender was first loaned out to Ipswich Town and then Wigan Athletic.
During his time with Manchester United, Michael Clegg managed to make only 21 first team appearances for the club. As things eventually turned out, the frustrated player moved to Football League Division Two side Oldham Athletic on a free transfer midway through the 2001-02 campaign. The strong running full back proceeded to play 46 league matches for the Boundary Park outfit before he finally decided to finish his professional playing career at the comparatively young age of 27. Michael Clegg was later appointed by Sunderland boss Roy Keane as the club´s strength and conditioning coach.