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Michael Clegg

Personal information
Full nameMichael Jamie Clegg
Date of birth3 July 1977(age 39)
Place of birthAshton-under-Lyne, England
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubSunderland (coach)

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Michael Jamie Clegg (born 3 July 1977) is an English former football defender who played in the Premier League for Manchester United and in the Football League for Ipswich Town, Wigan Athletic and Oldham Athletic. He currently works as the strength and conditioning coach of Sunderland A.F.C.

Clegg, born in Ashton-under-Lyne, began his football career as a trainee with Manchester United and was part of the 1995 FA Youth Cup-winning side. He turned professional soon afterwards, and made his first-team debut on 23 November 1996, in the Premiership game away to Middlesbrough which finished as a 2 2 draw. He played in four FA Premier League games in the 1996-97 season, and although United were champions for the fourth time in fifth season it was not enough for a title winner's medal. He managed a further three appearances in 1997-98 (when United were trophyless for only the second time in the decade) before making his final two appearances in the 1999-2000 campaign, when United won their sixth title in eight seasons, but once again Clegg failed to meet the required number of appearances for a title winner's medal.

Clegg spent time on loan at Ipswich Town and Wigan Athletic before he joined Division Two club Oldham Athletic on a free transfer on 19 February 2002. In his first season Oldham qualified for the Division Two playoffs, but the club then went into administration and Clegg helped a heavily reshaped squad stay clear of relegation in his final season before retiring as a professional footballer at the age of 27.

Clegg was appointed by Roy Keane as Sunderland's strength and conditioning coach. Clegg's father, Mike, is strength and conditioning coach at Manchester United.

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