Michael Appleton

Michael Appleton

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Michael Appleton

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Michael Antony Appleton (born 4 December 1975 in Salford) is a retired English footballer who played as a midfielder until his playing career was cut short by a serious knee injury. He is now the assistant head coach at West Bromwich Albion, one of the teams he had served as a player. He was temporarily caretaker manager after Roberto Di Matteo was placed on gardening leave. He also played as a professional for Manchester United, Lincoln City, Grimsby Town and Preston North End.

Playing career

Manchester United

Appleton attended Seedley Primary School and Buile Hill Secondary School, both in Salford. He represented the football teams of both schools, playing as a striker until the age of "12 or 13" before switching to midfield. A lifelong Manchester United fan, Appleton progressed through the club's youth system before earning a professional contact in 1994. In 1995–96 Appleton was loaned out to Lincoln City for a month to get first team experience, playing four Division Three matches and one match in the Football League Trophy, before returning to Old Trafford.

In October 1996, Appleton made his Manchester United début in the 2–1 League Cup victory versus Swindon Town. Appleton's second and last game for the Red Devils was the 2–0 defeat at Filbert Street against Leicester City. During his time at Manchester United he was issued with the number 29 shirt.

In January 1997, Appleton...
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