Pop singer Olly Murs says stepping out at Old Trafford emits the same sort of buzz he gets from being on stage, but the Manchester United fanatic insists nothing can quite prepare you for the challenge of trying to impress on the pitch.
Reds season-ticket holder Murs is somewhat of a veteran when it comes to stepping out at the Theatre of Dreams having played and performed on the pitch a number of times in the last few years.
Murs has chatted with some of the United players, namely Darren Fletcher and the recently departed Rio Ferdinand, about the experience and he’s counting down the minutes until he gets out there again on Sunday evening for England's match against Jose Mourinho's Rest of the World side.
“I say it every time, it’s a dream for any football fan to pull on the England jersey, and for me especially as a United fan to wear it on the pitch at Old Trafford,” he told the official Soccer Aid matchday programme.
“I’ve spoken to some of the United lads about it but to be honest there’s not much they can say [to help you]. Nothing can really prepare you for how it feels to walk out on to your team’s pitch and seeing nearly 80,000 people watching you. The adrenaline will be pumping but it’s exciting, and I can’t wait for that feeling again. It’s similar to the one you get on stage, only playing football for 90 minutes is definitely a lot more tiring!”
Olly cites Rest of the World and former United defender Jaap Stam “smashing me in a tackle” in the last