Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ was used for Ryan Giggs primarily (after initially being loved by the Reds but feared by the Blues) but also Phil Neville as a cheeky reference to a great goal he scored and an ability to dribble forwards, aided by some step-overs.
‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes was one of the main soundtracks to our last title win, belted out regularly to laud the name of talismanic striker Robin van Persie. The Dutchman’s fellow countryman Ruud van Nistelrooy had enjoyed a similarly straightforward chant, albeit accompanied by ‘la, la, la, la, la’ as per a Boney M classic.
In the post-Sir Alex era, Adnan Januzaj had a couple of songs in his honour when he made a breakthrough into the first team while Radamel Falcao (lo, lo, lo etc) and our ‘Swedish hero’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic also generated plenty of noise among many an away end, even if they did have relatively short stays at the club. Current first-team squad members such as ‘Portuguese magnifico’ Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay (nobody can hear ‘This Girl’ without saying his name during the chorus) and Axel Tuanzebe (Manfred Mann’s ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’) are among those to have individualised songs and there are simply too many more to cover exhaustively.
Even Ronaldo is back to provide a regular airing of his tunes (he plays on the left, he plays on the right) but look out for more innovative, catchy efforts from the United faithful in 2022/23 because, once they get into your head, they never leave!