Interview with United Review handshake fan v Tottenham Andy Mitchell

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And what about heroes? Does Denis Law still top the list, even after all these years? “It’s still Denis. As a child, he just stood out,” Mitchell replies. “But there’s been some great players – Law and Charlton at the same time, obviously. And some of the unsung ones stand out – Denis Irwin, Pallister in his day, Stevie Bruce. I like to see the players wear their heart on their sleeves. Obviously, the gifted ones stand out too, like Cantona – though I missed a lot of his time unfortunately. 

“I loved the Tommy Docherty team. Obviously, I loved the Sir Matt Busby teams as a kid, but Docherty’s side was my time when I was growing up. Unfortunately it was all too brief. I just wish it had continued a bit longer. But it was an exciting team and an exciting time.” 

As we speak, Mitchell is about to head up to Manchester for the home game against Omonia. Proof – as if it were needed – that his love, and London’s love, for United is in no danger of reducing. 

“I still enjoy it, I still get nervous, I still get excited when we score,” he confirms. “The only downside, I suppose, is VAR, when you’re celebrating a goal. But the important thing is I’ve made great friends through football. The football’s the main thing, but it’s about the whole day in the end.”

This interview was taken from Wednesday’s edition of United Review – order your copy now to read more great tales from the matchday programme.

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