Is it the best seat in the house?
You get an amazing view, it’s a completely unobstructed view of the action and you get a brilliant tactical overview of what's going on in the match. It’s totally different if, at other matches, you’re commentating from the press seats, where you’re much lower down. It’s totally different up there in the TV gantry and you see so much more of what's going on. That’s why Paddy reckons he is the best player every game. You can see everything that’s happening, you see the perfect pass and you never make a mistake. It’s a great place to watch the game.
What’s it like if United score - do you feel the stadium shake?
If we score in one of the big games, against Liverpool or Manchester City, then it may not actually be rocking up there but you can certainly feel it. Nobody is jumping up and down up there, but you look around and see everyone going mad in the stands and you really get a sense of the atmosphere, especially in the big games. It’s amazing really.
Which is your favourite United game that you’ve covered?
I remember when we scored eight against Arsenal and I remember thinking that I couldn’t quite compute what was going on. It’s one of those results that you think, ‘Wow, this is going to be remembered for a long time’. But I think the game that sums United up this season is the 4-3 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day. We went behind three times and ended up coming back to win the game right at the end. It was typical United and a joy to commentate on.
In the press box and commentary positions, the etiquette is to behave in an impartial way. How do you make sure you adhere to that?