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Surprising, used to play Champions League for United, now works building houses

He retired at a very young age and his career was never the same

By Harry Smith

He retired at a very young age and his career was never the same
He retired at a very young age and his career was never the same
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Very few players are the ones who after their career enjoy a very comfortable life; with Manchester United players it is the same, there are endless stories of players who came to play for the club and then went bankrupt or their career took a nosedive. 

Well, this is the story of Lee Roché; he played right back and is originally from England, his career in football was too short, because at 27 years of age he had already retired from football, this because he could never establish himself in any team and with the few opportunities, he had he could not demonstrate his skills so, in 2011, after only 10 years of career he decided to hang up his boots once and for all. 

His time at Manchester United was not what Roche had hoped for, as he did not see much action and his minutes were totally reduced; but despite that, in the 2003 season, United gave him the opportunity to play in a UEFA Champions League match against Spanish team Deportivo de la Coruña; after getting a chance to play in a European match, the defender only had 5 more appearances in a United shirt. 

Now Roche, after three spells with Man Utd, has been working for a construction company for the last three years. In an interview he said that he never expected his career to end in this way, having played for Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford had been wonderful; however, football did not smile on Lee Roche's face and his dream of playing for the club was dashed.


Lee Roche's career

The former right-back went from the academy to the Manchester United first team, but could only make 5 appearances for the team, from there he was loaned to Wrexham, but after not playing a great role United would sell him permanently to Burnley, where he could have a little more opportunities and more playing time; but in the end after 10 years of career he retired only playing 162 games in total and 12,000 minutes.

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