The Courteeners frontman recently sat down with United Review to discuss new album Anna, recall his time as an Old Trafford ball boy and assess all things Red...
When did you start supporting United?
The first season I remember was the first Premier League campaign and my residing memories were Steve Bruce’s headers against Sheffield Wednesday. But my first match was against QPR and I can even remember the attendance... 44,663.
We hear you were once a ball boy...
You have reliable sources. It was one of the best years of my life. Honestly, it was incredible and was a dream come true.
And you went to the same school as Paul Scholes?
Once again, you’re very well informed. Aye, I went to the same school as Paul. They seem to be good at producing legends over at that school! He was one of my first heroes along with King Eric and Keano. It was really exciting watching Scholesy, Beckham, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers coming through at that time.
Who’s going to be our most important player this campaign?
Undoubtedly, it has to be RvP. He’s literally been unstoppable in pretty much every game he’s played in. His goals have been from all areas and it looks like the rest of the team are complimenting him very well.
Which player is your unsung hero?
I’d say Chicharito. It must be hard for strikers when they aren’t first choice. You would expect confidence to wane, you get less game time etc and then when you are brought on, people expect miracles. I think he does exceptionally well whenever called upon.
Are we well-placed for title success?
I think we are in a far better position than last season and we only lost on goal difference, so yes. The title has to be our priority; we need to win it back.
After that, can we beat Real Madrid and compete in the Champions League?
They’ve got some great players but they aren’t in particularly scintillating form, so if Rooney and RvP play at their best and Ronaldo has an off day, we’ve got a great chance. Anything can happen over two legs. However, it’s important we go over there and get an away