Rachel Riley swapped Countdown for Carrington, and got up close with some of her United heroes during filming for MUTV...
Firstly, tell us about your visit to the training ground…
As a big United fan, being involved in the documentary was a dream come true – my knees were shaking the whole time I was there I was so excited! Having Ryan [Giggs] and Rio [Ferdinand], who are the guides on the programme, show me round was a real privilege. The set-up at Carrington is incredible - there are facilities for things you wouldn’t even think about.
How and when did you become a United fan?
The whole family have been big Reds for a very long time. My dad is from Salford – the red part – and used to skive off school to watch the team as a kid. Following United is something me and my dad have always done together and still do now.
Can you remember your first game?
I saw my first match at Old Trafford when I was about 10, but I’d been to a couple of away games before that. I was hooked from the first moment and thankfully I’ve rarely seen us lose. I love getting involved in all the singing – whenever I’m at a game I’m always really loud!
Who's your favourite player from down the years?
There are a few. Giggs is an absolute legend – I used to have a shirt with ‘Riley 11’ on the back of it when I was younger. I’ve always loved Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] – I saw him when I was at Carrington and was a tad star struck! [Peter] Schmeichel is another favourite – I’ll never forget his somersault in the Champions League final after Ole’s goal.
Who do you admire of the current players?
Rooney was amazing last season and always enjoy watching Evra and Valencia, it’s such a shame he’s injured. I really like Ji-sung Park as well. He’s so energetic and must be annoying to play against because he’s always buzzing around.