For he's a jolly good fellow: The best from birthday boy John O'Shea

The Waterford native and Irish international turns 35 today

For he's a jolly good fellow: The best from birthday boy John O'Shea

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Ireland vice captain and general footballing superstar John O'Shea turns 35 today, and we have decided to look back on some of the finest moments of his career.

The evergreen Waterford native has had a remarkable career which has seen him win five Premier League titles, one Champions League, an FA Cup, a FIFA World Club Cup and the adoration of the masses across the land.

Oh, and he also has 110 caps for Ireland as he prepares to lead them into another European Championships this summer.

So as the big man gains another year in wisdom, we've decided to look back at some his finest moments from years gone by.

Taxi for Figo

Champions League quarter-final. Facing Real Madrid. One on one against a recent World Player of the Year winner. Time to turn on the style, big John did just that. 

Silencing the Kop

What better way to cement yourself in United folklore than scoring a last minute winner against your fiercest rivals in front on their favourite stand in a title chasing team.

Well that's exactly what O'Shea did in 2007, as he smashed home a 91st minute winner in front of the Kop at Anfield.

It was a game United didn't deserve but it was a vital three points as they went on to claim the first of a three titles in a row for the club. 


Showing us his deftest of touches 

The scene of Roy Keane's famous pre-game outburst in the Highbury tunnel, it was another Irish midfielder who stole the show during the peak of the Arsenal-United rivalry. 

The game was on a knife edge as United led Arsenal 3-2 in a fast and furious game in 2005, but it was substitute O'Shea who stole the show as he drifted forward and nonchalantly chipped Manuel Almunia, bewildering everybody in the stadium, including himself.

Taking the term versatility to the next level

United led Spurs 4-0 at White Hart Lane but the North Londoners were offered a glimmer of hope when goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Saar picked up an injury and they had already used all of their subs.

Not to worry, O'Shea was on hand to save the day. 

Stunning the Germans

We just love our late goals against the Germans don't we?

The most recent entry on our list as O'Shea late strike against the Germans kept our Euro 2016 dreams alive, while going down as one of the great Irish goals.