Quinton Fortune

Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune. Image: Getty images

Where is ex-Man Utd and Bafana midfielder Quinton Fortune now?

Quinton Fortune made 126 appearances for Man United between 1999 and 2006 where he earned a Premier League winner’s medal.

Quinton Fortune

Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune. Image: Getty images

Quinton Fortune was one of South Africa’s biggest football names in the late 90s and early 2000s.

The 47-year-old became the first South African footballer to play for Manchester United. Fortune made 126 appearances for the Red Devils between 1999 and 2006, lifting the Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson. He also had a successful career at Bafana Bafana, playing in two FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Quinton Fortune started his professional football career with Tottenham Hotspur but soon moved to Spain to play for Mallorca. After just one season, he joined Atlético Madrid in 1996 but mostly played in the B team, having struggled for game time.

In 1999, Fortune had a trial at Manchester United, prompting Ferguson to sign him for a fee of £1.5 million. His move to United was big, considering the player had gained popularity in the country since the 1998 World Cup.

Quinton Fortune spent seven years with Manchester United

Despite playing in three Premier League winning seasons, Fortune never played the required games(10) stipulated to earn a winner’s medal. He was, however, awarded a Premier League winner’s medal by special dispensation following United’s title success in 2003, during which he had appeared nine times in the league that season.

During his seven-year stay at Man United, Quinton Fortune was mostly on the bench and rarely played matches during the Red Devils’ dominance. Eventually, he was released by the club ahead of the 2006–07 campaign. He joined Bolton Wanderers hoping to revive his career but only played six league games before he left.

In 2009, Fortune signed a short-term deal at Doncaster Rovers. He scored his first Rovers goal against Ipswich Town in September 2009, but that was as good as it got, and the club released him in February 2010. The former Bafana star retired from football the same year South Africa hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Fortune now coaching youth teams

Eight years prior, Quinton Fortune played in starring role during Bafana’s 2002 World Cup campaign. Unfortunately, the team bowed out in the group stages after losing 3-2 to Spain.

After retirement, Fortune briefly returned to Old Trafford as Under 23s assistant coach in 2019 before moving on to Reading. In 2022, he was appointed as a coach supporting the England youth teams as part of The Football Association and Professional Footballers’ Association. In November 2022, Quinton Fortune was an assistant coach for Mexican club C.D. Guadalajara alongside his former teammate Veljko Paunović.