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Quinton Fortune

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Biography

Date of birth

21/05/1977

Signed

08/09/2020

Country

South Africa

Cape Town-born Fortune played alongside manager Veljko Paunovic at Atlético Madrid in the early part of their professional careers but is better known in the UK for seven years spent at Old Trafford.

And it is from Manchester United that Fortune arrives in RG2 – having played 126 times under Sir Alex Ferguson, he completed his UEFA A Licence and last season assisted Neil Wood as a coach with United’s Under-23s.

On the pitch, Fortune arrived in Manchester from Madrid, having come through the youth ranks at Spurs and broken into first team football in Spain with Mallorca and Atlético.

He featured in three Premier League-winning sides during his time at United, scoring his first goal in a 4-0 home win over Bradford City on Boxing Day in 1999.

Playing at the highest level in England, Fortune came off the bench in an FA Cup Final and also featured in Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup games for Sir Alex.

On the international scene, Quinton was capped 46 times by South Africa, representing his nation in two World Cups in 1998 and 2002 - scoring from the spot in injury time against Paraguay in Busan. He also played in an African Cup of Nations Final against Egypt in Ouagadougou in 1998.

The latter part of his playing career included short spells at Bolton, in Italy with Brescia and then at Belgian side Tubize before a small taste of the Championship was earned at Doncaster Rovers in 2009.

He returned to United to complete his coaching badges before a coaching stint with Cardiff City in 2014. Now he leaves Old Trafford to join Veljko Paunovic’s coaching team at the Madejski, where he links up with former United teammate John O’Shea as part of the Royals’ first team set up.

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