Which shows has Chong selected for his MUTV Takeover?
Tahith Chong is in charge of MUTV for one day, and one day only, and he’s selected six top shows to be broadcast on our official TV channel.
“There were some tough choices in there,” Tahith explained to club media. “There were some good ones and I’m quite happy with the choices I’ve made. I’m looking forward to seeing them myself!”
Here’s what Tahith selected….
2019/20 MATCH: LASK 0 UNITED 5
The winger’s first choice as part of his MUTV Takeover is our final game before the enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Reds beat LASK by five goals in our Europa League last-16, first-leg tie in March, and it was a superb performance from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in Austria.
“I think it’s been quite a while now since this game and it’s easy to pick that as everyone’s missing football,” said Tahith. “To go back to that time when everyone was on the pitch, that would be nice to see.
"I think as a team we played some good football that night, some quick football, with Odion’s goal in there as well. I think as a team we played very well.”
Chong provided the assist for Mason Greenwood’s strike during the clash, a moment he remembers well.
“I think it was Eric [Bailly] who cleared the ball, and then Mason got onto it and he played me in through the middle,” the youngster recalled. “I think I chopped back onto my left foot and played Mason through. With Mason… his finishing is different class and him getting into that position, you just have a good feeling that he’s going to score.”
ALL THE GOALS: ROBIN VAN PERSIE
Coming through the Feyenoord youth system, and then subsequently moving to United, Tahith has heard a lot of stories about Robin van Persie over the years.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that the winger is keen to watch his compatriot do what he does best… score goals. Tahith has already explained the reasons behind this choice in greater detail.
Our no.44 won’t be the only Red eager to hear from ‘the King’ and Eric Cantona’s UTD Podcast episode is a must-watch.
As part of his absorbing interview, the Frenchman discusses what inspired that famous celebration against Sunderland, the seagulls speech and deciding to retire.
“I think his whole attitude and the way he comes forward - he’s just being 100 per cent himself,” Chong said.
“Not only that, I think he’s telling the truth all of the time and I think he’s a different type of human being. The way he tells stuff and the way he brings stuff forward is different and I think it’s quite good to see that. It’s a great listen!”
For Tahith’s fourth choice, the 20-year-old has decided to watch L’Elephant d’Afrique, a documentary about Eric Bailly’s childhood, and journey to United.
“The whole story is inspirational to everyone,” explained Chong. “Eric is now a team-mate but with football you don’t always know everyone’s story - to hear Eric’s story is very inspirational. I think it makes him prouder to be where he is now.
“Eric is always happy,” he added. “For me, he’s in the top three funniest players: Eric, Dan [James] and Jesse [Lingard], but Andreas [Pereira] is in there as well. Eric makes you laugh every day and I think that’s just his energy. He comes in and makes you laugh and makes you feel comfortable about the team. It’s really nice to have Eric there.
“Even when he was injured, Eric was coming in and making everyone laugh. A lot of the time when you’re injured you can come in a bit moody, but not Eric.”
United fans don’t need much of an excuse to relive the Treble season, and neither does Tahith, with the Dutch youth international opting to rewatch all 80 Premier League goals from that glorious campaign.
“That was a legendary season. I think up to this day we still talk about that campaign,” he said. “You can’t mention United without talking about the ’98/99 season. I think to watch that brings back a lot of memories.”
To wrap things up, Tahith has decided to watch one of our best-ever Premier League wins, when the Reds came from three goals behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur in September 2001.
“I was one or two, so I was still really young,” the Academy graduate reflected. “Obviously, I didn’t watch the game live, but I think it comes around a lot on TV and it says a lot about United. It shows a lot of character to be three goals down and to still win the game.
“I think that’s just the mindset when you play for United, that no matter what the score is, it’s never done until the final whistle. I think that’s a very good attribute to have.”
MUTV CHOICES IN FULL:
10:30 & 18:30- 2019/20 MATCH: LASK 0 UNITED 5
12:30 & 20:30- ALL THE GOALS: ROBIN VAN PERSIE
13:00 & 21:30- UTD PODCAST: ERIC CANTONA
14:00 & 22:30- L’ELEPHANT D’AFRIQUE
15:00 & 23:30- 2000 PL GOALS: 1998/99
15:30 & 00:00- CLASSIC MATCH: TOTTENHAM 3-5 UNITED (2001/02)
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