Lifelong Reds to represent United at ePL Grand Final

Monday 04 March 2019 22:19

Manchester United's FIFA esports representatives for the ePremier League have been confirmed, following the conclusion of a dramatic and entertaining play-off tournament at Old Trafford.

The Theatre of Dreams welcomed 27 gamers to the stadium’s No.7 Suite, for a couple of highly-anticipated knockout tournaments that were contested on different consoles: PS4 and XBOX.

The two competitions began in a Round of 32 format and ended with individual finals, from which the winners earned their places in the ePremier League Grand Final in London on 28 and 29 March.

Congratulations to Manchester-born United fan and no.1 seed Kyle Leese, who triumphed in the Playstation side of the competition by recording a 3-1 win in the two-legged final over Mark Love.

“I am in shock to be honest,” Kyle told us. “I am shaking a bit but I have won. The final was close, but he became a bit repetitive and didn't change up what he was doing. I managed to start reading it and defending well. I scored two in the second leg and just played possession football after that.

“I am very proud to have won. I was born in Manchester and I am playing for the club that I support. You can't beat it! It has been amazing and I couldn't ask for anything better.”

Well played to another lifelong Reds supporter, Josh Jones, who also succeeded in the XBOX tournament following a dramatic 6-5 victory over Tom Stokes.

"It is never a comfortable game against Stokes," Josh explained afterwards. "He can score goals at any second and you just don't know what he is going to do, but luckily I managed to get the win with the golden goal and it is an unbelievable feeling. You have always got to keep believing and I took my chance. It feels unbelievable - I just came for a day out!"

Quinton Fortune, fresh from his appearance on MUTV’s The Paddy Crerand Show, paid a visit to the No.7 Suite to observe the event and the former United midfielder was impressed by what he saw.

“It is a brilliant opportunity for the players and many of them who I spoke to are United fans as well, so it's a dream come true for them to come to Old Trafford and try to represent their favourite team,” he told us on Monday night.

“They put the hours in, work hard and love what they do. It's good to be here to see the event in person, but I don't think I'll challenge them any time soon!”

Congratulations to everybody who took part in the tournament.