Fan Stories: Following United is a father-son thing
The son of Mauritian parents who moved to Manchester in the 1970s, Riyaz Assrafally’s love for United was first kindled by his father in the early ’90s. Thirty years later, United helps them maintain their close relationship, even though hundreds of miles separates them.
“My dad grew up watching United in Mauritius – his favourite players were Paul McGrath and Remi Moses – and my earliest memory is Dad coming home with the Manchester Evening News. They used to put a little advert in if you were able to pay at the turnstiles for certain games, and I’d be waiting for him to come home and say: ‘Yeah, we can go.’
“He misses a lot of things, but he makes time for watching the game with me, without fail. In the lockdown it’s been difficult, but we do a little video-call before the game, at half-time, then after.”
This article first appeared in the Newcastle issue of United Review.