To celebrate the release of their debut EP What If?, we spoke Mancunian storytellers Prose about their beloved Manchester United…
How did you come to support the Red Devils?
We are all Man United fans as we’re from Stretford, hence the Stretford End’, and have grown up with the sights of Old Trafford etched into our brains. Lee is the most passionate (too passionate some say) but you just can’t avoid being a football fan in Manchester.
What are your expectations for the season? What are your thoughts on the season so far?
The season’s been really good so far for United and the league, it’s been open and it seems, even more so than before, that everyone can beat everyone. The disappointment in Europe so far though shows that we may be sacrificing genuine tactical skill for entertainment.
We believe City are probably favourites but United fans never give up hope. We are title contenders and should at least improve on our 4th place finish from last season.
Do you think the manager is doing a good job?
“Louis Van Gaal’s Red Army!” Yeah we think Van Gaal’s doing a great job and we have steadily improved over the two years. United fans are having to get used to the slower build-ups but we believe in his philosophy too. If you control the majority of the game (possession-wise) the majority of the time then you’ll win the majority of the games, simple right?
United needs a strong character that knows what he wants, unlike David Moyes (sorry Moyesey). When it does come to replacing him Giggs will more than likely get the job and should do, and hopefully he can repeat what Guardiola did at Barcelona or Conte at Juventus.
Which areas of the team/squad would you like to see strengthened?
All the areas, haha. Just look at Chelsea this season, you can never stand still in football or in any walk of life. Ideally we would want another centre-back to replace Daley Blind but saying that he is Van Gaal’s Park Ji-sung and he has been the organizer whilse Smalling as been so dominant.
A good pairing in football, in any area of the pitch, can be better than two greater individuals. We would have said a striker too but Martial looks like can could be amazing and Wilson is a homegrown talent, plus ‘plan B’ Fellaini, so it’s not too bad for now.
Have you managed to get to the ground much to watch them over the years? Would you be able to name the first, best and worst games you’ve ever been to?
We have got to the ground quite a few times over the years but it can be sporadic, like 6-8 games one season then 0 games or just 1 the next season. The first time any of us would have gone to a game was Lee in April ’94, we beat QPR 2-1 and Hughes and Ince scored, he clearly remembers it like it was yesterday!
Dave was fortunate enough to go to the Manchester derby a few years ago when it was 4-3 and Michael Owen scored the winner 7 minutes into injury time, that was a special moment in the stadium. And the worst game was all of the first 4 home games in the David Moyes era, which Lee was unfortunate enough to go too, again sorry Moysey!
Finally, if you had to select a 5-a-side team out of all the players you’ve seen play for your team in your time as a fan, who would you pick?
Schmeichel, Stam, Keane, Scholes and Cantona. That is tough, no room for Ronaldo, Beckham, Giggs or Rooney, but we believe our team would still be too strong yet have the flair of Cantona and Scholes.
Manchester based storytellers PROSE have released “What If?” For more information, please visit the band’s website.