05/12/2009 17:11, Report by Nick Coppack
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Reds on tour

cared about the result. We had a gig that night and we kept delaying our soundcheck so we could watch until the end. When John Terry missed the penalty we went mental – we were knocking chairs over and going insane… but nobody else could understand it.

And 1999?
I was watching at home with my mum and getting more and more frustrated as the match wore on. I remember when Solskjaer scored the winner I ran out of the house and into the street and all the other kids had done the same – it was amazing. Actually, that match was a pivotal moment for me. I remember it was the first time I swore and my mum didn’t get angry at me for it.

When it comes to playing football, who’s the best in the band?
Well, I still play on Saturdays whenever I’m not on tour. In my youth I was a centre-forward, a six-yard-box poacher. But gradually I’ve lost any pace I ever had and my fitness levels are atrocious. Now I’m a centre-half. But I like to think I’ve taken the knowledge I gained from playing up front and can apply it to stopping strikers these days. I try and intimidate my opposite number as much as possible. We always take a ball with us on tour and play whenever possible. In America we have a padded ball so we can play inside and not break anything. That’s important.

You’ve played at some of the biggest music festivals in the world. Would you swap it all to run out at Old Trafford?
Absolutely! I think we’d quite happily say we have the second best job in the world. I love playing music but I would swap it for just one season playing football – you don’t even have to let me play for United at Old Trafford. Football was my first love. One of the things I think about most is what I’d do if I had to choose between football and music. If it wasn’t for the fact that I’m marginally better at music than I am at football then it would be football every time. Football has this strange pull – you can sit through an awful football match and yet you’ll still come back the next weekend. But if you listen to an awful record you’re not going to

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