That's not something you want to be wishing for, although it would be an authentic experience I suppose. Who are you bringing with you, Kaarthik?
“I have two or three people who want to come with me, but I'm not sure yet. It's going to be a tough pick.”
You need to pick names out of a hat! Have you ever been to Old Trafford before, or would this be your first time?
“I have never been to Old Trafford and it's one of my greatest regrets and my biggest dream, of course, so you can imagine how excited and buzzed I was when I found out I'd be going there.”
So what you are looking forward to most about Old Trafford? Is it going to be that first walk through the tunnel and out onto the pitch to see the Theatre of Dreams?
“Absolutely, the tunnel is going to be the best part.”
Which player are you going to pretend to be? You've got to do that when you walk through the tunnel, surely?
“Ooh, probably Roy Keane, I guess. He was an absolute monster!”
Is he your United hero, then?
“I have a lot of heroes. I wouldn't say he's the hero, but yeah, one of the heroes.”
Obviously United have a big fanbase over in the United States and in New York, where you are, so how do you watch United? How do you follow the team? Are there any specific places that you go, or do you get up early at home to watch the games? What's the plan for you on a matchday?
“Well, I've only been here for a couple of years, and that was during the time that COVID hit, so I can't really go to public places to watch United games, so it's mostly me at my home. But I did my schooling in Dubai so most of the games I watched were probably during the night, and the Champions League games were past midnight, so it's pretty rough!”