Mutineers release their barnstorming new single “Love, It’s a Killer” on Monday, so we collared front man Nicholas Mallins for a bit of a natter about current goings-on at, and past memories of, his beloved Manchester United…
How are you feeling ahead of the big game on Sunday?
A little apprehensive, but I’m looking forward to it. Form goes out the window for these games so I suppose it could go either way.
Do you think you still have a chance of finishing in the top four?
(laughs) Er, a slim one, I’d say! They just need to keep playing and keep playing well. For me, this season’s a write-off so we’ve just got to get through it, but I think we’ve all learned a lot from it.
The David Moyes project looks different from when he started in the summer – he’s got to rip it up and start again.
What do you think of Moyes’s one summer signing, Marouane Fellaini?
Fellaini’s suffered from the fact that we had a really bad transfer window. Everyone wanted Fellaini about two years ago, now he’s come and he’s been made a scapegoat for all our problems.
Do you go along with the school of thought that says Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney can’t play together?
I always think great players should be able to play together. I don’t know if there’s something more to it – van Persie’s body language hasn’t been right for the last month or so.
They’re complex characters aren’t they, these footballers? (laughs) He’s not the player he was last season, anyway.
Which areas of the team would you like to see strengthened in the summer?
It’s pretty clear we need a good central midfielder. Fergie ignored it for years, although to his credit we were still winning trophies.
But it’s apparent now that we can’t carry on with the midfield we’ve got.
You must have enjoyed watching City this week…
(laughs) As United fans, we need to be careful that we don’t become the sort of fans who revel in other people’s misery! We just need to concentrate on United and watch them get better.
Do you manage to get to Old Trafford much?
I used to have a season ticket with my dad for a few years but we kind of got priced out. I do get to games now and again, though.
Do you remember the first game you ever went to?
No, but my most memorable game was Arsenal at home – I was watching some old video footage of it and Brian McClair was just kicking someone in the head repeatedly. And he only got a yellow card! The good old days. (laughs)
I was watching that from the family stand with my dad, cheering it on. It was good fun.
Finally, if you had to select a five-a-side out of all the United players you’ve seen in your time as fan, who would you pick?
Peter Schmeichel, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roy Keane…and Brian McClair, for some old school fun!
Nicholas Mallins, thank you.
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