Not many South Africans have had the privilege of donning the famous red shirt of Manchester United, but how did the only one who did play for the Red Devils end up there?
Take a walk down memory lane through Fortune’s United career in the gallery above
Quinton Fortune spent seven years with United as he went on to win an English Premier League title, Community Shield trophy and the Intercontinental Cup, and he has admitted that he was shocked to get a call regarding a move to Old Trafford shortly after their famous treble win in 1999.
The former Bafana Bafana star, who is still the only player from SA to play for United, is currently working as an academy coach at the club as he builds up a coaching career of his own after working under Sir Alex Ferguson, and he’s revealed to the club’s official website how his move from Atletico Madrid came about over two decades ago.
The 42-year-old explained, “I was playing for Atletico Madrid when my agent told me he had been speaking to somebody at Manchester United and had arranged a trial… I couldn't believe it because United had won the Treble only two or three months before that, and I had watched United play against Bayern Munich in Barcelona in the 1999 Champions League final.
“I obviously wanted to play in England, but I thought the approach was a bit strange. I think my teammates at Atletico thought it was strange, too! I went to Carrington in the summer of 1999 and the rest is history.”
Fortune made around 130 appearances for United during his length spell there during Ferguson’s reign.