Since relocating to Manchester two years ago, the 2005 world snooker champion has had plenty of opportunity to indulge his passion for watching United…
I’ve been a fan since I was young and have vivid memories of the Treble season. Watching United is intoxicating; I play a sport in which adrenaline plays a big part, and I get the same buzz following United as I do playing snooker.
Do you come to Old Trafford often?
I’m a regular nowadays. I moved to Sale a couple of years ago and my manager has had season tickets for many years, so I started going with him and his son. I’ve been to a few games this season but can’t make it every week because of snooker commitments.
Who are your favourite United players, past and present?
Eric Cantona, because of his sheer brilliance and presence. He bossed the pitch and must have intimidated all the players he played against – it was the same with Roy Keane. Antonio Valencia is a fantastic talent - it was so disappointing for him to suffer that injury against Rangers. I’m also a big fan of Nemanja Vidic because he takes rubbish from no-one.
What’s your favourite memory?
Last season’s Carling Cup final. It’s the first final I’ve been to that United have won – I also went to the Champions League final in Rome – and my first trip to Wembley for a football game. Seeing the team win and parade the trophy was something special.
Have you met any of the players?
I’ve never had the chance to meet any of the current squad – that would be a dream come true. I met Peter Schmeichel a few years ago at a charity golf tournament in Portugal. He said he was a snooker fan and asked me for a photo – I couldn’t believe it! I had been stood there thinking “wow, that’s Schmeichel,” but hadn’t dared to talk to him.
How do you think United will do this season?
We haven’t blown everyone away in the league but I can’t remember a season when we’ve dominated from day one – we’re always slow starters. In my sport, the person who wins the world