Last May, The Courteeners re-released 'Not 19 Forever’ as United’s official title celebration anthem in aid of the MU Foundation, later performing it during the trophy parade and awards night. Here, frontman Liam Fray reflects on an eventful month…
What effect did Sir Alex’s retirement have?
We were booked to play live on the pitch after the Swansea game but that changed once Fergie left. I was gutted because I’d told all my friends and family, but what came next – playing at the parade – was arguably even better. I was at the Swansea game as a fan and they played ‘Take Over The World’, which was amazing. We were chatting to Gary Pallister and Bryan Robson like we were best pals! We had a good drink, went out that night and forgot we were playing the day after. We woke up and went to sound-check at 2pm. The weather was grim, but luckily, the people came out with the sun and it was great. I’m told there were 100,000 fans in the city centre, which is incredible. We’ve played Albert Square before but it was nowhere near as good. Although it’s the only time we’ve played a gig and nobody was looking at us, so my ego took a hit!
Did you get any feedback from the players or manager?
We didn’t want to get on anyone’s nerves or in anyone’s way. We see people at festivals ‘accidently’ barging into