John O'Shea is an Irish defender who currently plays for English club Sunderland having mostly played his career at Manchester United. O'Shea made his debut for the Red Devils in 1999 and he helped the side to win five Premier Leagues, one Champions League, three League Cups, one FA Cup and much more. Mostly deployed as a centre back he can also play at right back and the central defensive midfield position.
John O'Shea was born in Waterford, Ireland. He started his professional career at Manchester United after improving his skills at local clubs Ferrybank and Bohemians. John used to travel every summer to train with the Man Utd academy. O'Shea made his debut for Man Utd against Aston Villa in 1999 at the age of 18 years.
He was sent out for loan spells between 2000 and 2001 at Bournemouth and Antwerp respectively, to gain further match regular match practise. Nowadays, O'Shea has developed into a versatile players who can practically play anywhere on the field. On one occasion, he was even used as a goalkeeper against Tottenham on 4th February 2007, when he managed to fill up van der Sar's boots and keep the clean sheet.
He is considered an important player for the club as he can adapt to various positions providing more depth to combat injury crises.