The Shed Seven frontman recently sat down with United Review, the matchday programme at Old Trafford, to reveal his Red credentials and tackle the big questions...
Firstly, why United?
My grandad was a blue but my dad is red so United was thankfully thrust upon me. I was born at Stepping Hill Hospital and all of my family loved football. There was obviously banter about football but my dad had a real influence on me.
Who were your first heroes?
I liked Stevie Coppell and Bryan Robson. Robson was a rock wasn't he? I loved Norman Whiteside as well - he always seemed to score very important goals. And you can't talk about heroes without mentioning Eric Cantona; he was very rock n roll! I wish I’d seen George Best too. For sheer coolness, he was believable. He was a rockstar. He had skill and a great haircut – he had the works!
How often do you get to Old Trafford?
As often as I can and that isn’t as often as I’d like! It’s difficult because I’ve got four boys and it’s expensive to take all of them with me. I’m also really busy with the band on weekends, which makes it even harder. But I always go whenever I get the chance.
Who’s your favourite player?
I really like Chicharito – he’s not getting much game time at the moment but there’s something about him that I like. From what I’ve seen of Wayne Rooney this season, he’s got his passion back and is still a very important player for United. Obviously, like everybody else, I love Robin van Persie!
What’s the best goal you’ve seen?
Wow, there are a few that stand out! Becks’ goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon was special, as was Cantona’s top-corner volley against the same team. You can’t overlook the importance of Solskjaer’s