Manchester United Champions League winner on trial at League Two outfit

Jonathan Greening will feature for Hartlepool United against another former club Middlesbrough this evening.

It is one of those answers that often comes in the odd pub quiz and football trivia section in a magazine - but midfielder Jonathan Greening is indeed a Champions League medal winner.

Greening came through the Manchester United academy. The Yorkshireman was at the club from 1998 until 2001 and it is easy to see why United liked him. With his technical prowess and passing ability he was a textbook moulded United player.

With Paul Scholes and Roy Keane both missing Greening found himself on the bench on that night in Barcelona back in 1999. He never made the field of play - but did enough to earn a medal.

He went on to leave United in search of regular first-team football two years later and as a composed midfield general, has forged a career at clubs such as Middlesbrough, West Brom, Fulham and Nottingham Forest - but this summer he finds himself a free agent.

Tonight the 35-year-old has a chance to prove himself worthy of a move to League Two side Hartlepool United - and surely their fans, including Jeff Stelling, would love to see him arrive.

He is a classy operator and his experience would also add massive value to a team of their standing. It is probably fair to say, and correct me if wrong, that Greening would be the first Champions League winner to play for The Monkey Hangers.

Tonight he will face off against his former team Middlesbrough in a pre-season friendly and Pool head coach Colin Cooper, who was a team-mate of Greening's at The Riverside, said of the potential move:

"We’ve had Jonathan in this week who is another experienced player who can handle a football and has played at the top level for the majority of his career, To have him in training is a big bonus for us and I am looking forward to seeing him play...”

Time will tell if Hartlepool are impressed enough to bring this Champions League medal winner to Victoria Park.

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