Growth type: Standard/Lasting
Steve Bruce was a bedrock of Manchester United's success in the 1990's. Commanding the United back four with a reassuring presence, control and great tactical awareness, Bruce was the steady foundation upon which to build a great team. Most importantly of all, he had an unquenchable spirit and motivation often playing with injuries that would put lesser men in hospital. His bravery and courage was unrivalled, a totally committed player ready to give his all for his team, and this inspired the team-mates around him. A true United great, and a damn fine manager too. Steve Bruce started out as a midfielder but translated into a powerful and dependable centre-back whom many described as the best player of the 1980s and 1990s never to appear for England.
NOTE: Whilst injury prone himself, I've given Brucey a very rare A for Injury Tolerance because he played through pretty much all of his injuries with no obvious alterations in his performances. Made of steel, was Brucey.
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