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"Hopefully once the swimming is out of the way in London, I can catch the end of the football. I’ll be tapping up my contacts for tickets, don’t worry about that."

– Fran Halsall

04/08/2012 10:00, Report by Ben Ashby
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Red Olympians: Fran Halsall

Team GB swimmer and United fan

Fran Halsall 

came fifth in the 50m freestyle final at London 2012 on Saturday. Inside United previously interviewed the 22-year-old...

How long have you supported the Reds?
Ever since I can remember. My dad’s a huge United fan. But my mum and brother are Liverpool supporters, so there’s quite a bit of rivalry in our house. I’ve always been a daddy’s girl so there was only ever going to be one team for me. I grew up in Southport before we made the move to Northwich.

Which was your first game?
I think I was about 10 or 11 when I first went to Old Trafford, for a Champions League match. I can’t remember who we played, but United won 5-1 [it was 26 February 2002, against Nantes]. Every time I looked up someone was scoring, it was awesome. I was there with my dad and a couple of other lads – I was a bit of a tomboy when I was little so I would always be mucking around with the boys. I went straight home and gave my brother some serious stick. He was gutted.

Who was your first hero?
I used to love Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when I was growing up. He was just brilliant – every time he played he seemed to score, but always seemed so nice as well. I have to admit, though, that I transferred my affections to Cristiano Ronaldo when he arrived because, as well as being amazing at football, he’s extremely good-looking!

The Olympic village contains a few United players…
It’s amazing! At the last Olympics we got to meet some of the young Argentinian and Brazilian footballers, and I also bumped into Pelé when he was sitting in the canteen in the Olympic village in Beijing, which was slightly surreal. He was just tucking into some dinner before a queue of people formed to speak to him. He was a really nice guy. David Beckham was also there, at the closing ceremony, and we got to meet him at the

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