They were the first team I ever saw live and I was hooked from then on. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Old Trafford on a regular basis over the years, both as a broadcaster and a fan.
Favourite past player?
It has to be Bryan Robson. I followed his whole career and he was an instrumental leader. When he signed from West Brom he made a big impact on the club and is a legend.
Favourite current player?
Ryan Giggs. I’ve watched him blossom over the years into a top, top player. You never know what he’s going to do in a game, but he can pull anything out of the bag. He’s not the best tackler in the world but he certainly tracks back well. And of course the memory of his goal in the FA Cup semi-final in ’99 will live on forever.
The quarter-final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1984 against Barcelona. I was sat in the old Scoreboard End for the game and Old Trafford was jumping that night. United had lost the first match 2-0, but they came back to win 3-0 in the second leg; it was a truly epic night. Maradona was in the Barca side that night but he was outshone by Bryan Robson and Frank Stapleton who were absolutely magnificent. It’s the best atmosphere I’ve ever experienced at any sporting event I’ve been to in my life.
Where do you sit at Old Trafford?
I’ve got tickets dotted around the ground with friends. Sometimes I’m in the press box when I’m working, but I always try to watch to as many games as possible as a fan. I like to vary where I sit so I can see the games from different angles.
Most hated opponent?
Italian teams are always hard to beat, that’s why it was extra sweet to see off Inter Milan and Juventus on the way to winning the Champions League in ’99. To then put seven past Roma last season was different class. I don’t really hate any of the other big clubs in the Premier League, I just like to see United play well and hopefully win.