“Football, Bloody hell”. Sir Alex famously said that quote on that magical night in Barcelona in 99. From that moment on I knew I would follow this team through thick and thin. Thankfully the highs have greatly outweighed the lows. Hello American Red Devil Nation !!!! My name is Chris Radway, and I am honored to have an opportunity to contribute to this amazing American Red Devils blog. A lifelong Manchester United fan and a listener of Alex and John’s podcast for over a year. This past week I have decided to take my support to the next level and share my thoughts, views, and hopes for Manchester United.
I grew up playing Soccer, Hockey, and Lacrosse. My initial interest in Man United came from my soccer coach who let me borrow Roy Keane’s autobiography. After finishing that masterpiece on Keane’s career I was hooked. All I wanted to do in life was to play for United. Flash forward 19 years and I’m not in the starting XI. However, being a fan of Man United is just as good as playing at Old Trafford.
My wife Elle and I just recently moved to South West Virginia from South Florida. I have 2 young children that are 4 and 11 months. My two boys Samson and Hayes are my world and I can’t wait to raise two more lifelong Manchester United fans, and share with them this beautiful game. We can’t wait to hoist our 21st title.
When I’m not spending time with my family or watching United WIN, I bartend for a living. For the majority of my life I’ve been in the restaurant industry. I originally hale from upstate New York (Canada EH?) Like the majority of New Yorkers, I can be pretty opinionated. Especially when it involves sports.
A Few of My Favorites
King Eric- Every thing he touched turned to gold. The Frenchman’s Charisma and finishing was what United was missing in the late 80s and early 90’s. Cantona was the epitome of world class. Celebrating a volley or an audacious chip. 5 years of triumph that brought 4 premier league titles with 2 league and FA cup doubles, Cantona brought back what it mean to wear the #7 jersey at United. Through a popped collar and a winning mentality he was influential in the revival of Manchester United.
Roy Keane- The captain, engine and General on the field. He gave 110% and would go to war for you. Something the current captain knows nothing about. Through his famous bone crunching tackles and his tenacity, Roy brought out the best of every single player around him. He defiantly knew how to hold a grudge. Just ask Erling Haaland’s father.
Bruno Fernandes- Much like Cristiano he came from Sporting. A mixture of Cantona’s flair, Ronaldo’s talent, and Keano’s determination. Like many United fans this past year, our Portuguese magnifico has played his way into my heart. Silky smooth play and needle threading through balls is now synonymous with Bruno. If we had 11 Bruno’s we would win the league every year. Finally since touching down in Manchester we have chanted his name non-stop. Having one of the catchiest chants in recent United history doesn’t hurt either.
Edwin Van Der Sar- The flying Dutchman would be my number 1 between De Gea and Schmeichel. Being a goalkeeper growing up Van Der Sar was always my favorite. GK was always a revolving door since Schmeichel’s departure. He Finally brought resolution to our issues during his tenure. Our hero in Moscow that night cements his place for me as our All time Number 1.
“There can be only one”
What I’m looking for
I’m passionate about future world beaters. Young talent across Europe that United should strive to sign. These new crop of “Ole’s Fledgling’s” wouldn’t make an immediate impact. But as a result of outlaying a plan now, we can subsequently keep United at the top. Exactly where we should be every year.
In conclusion writting for a blog is new to me. As daunting as it seems Im excited for a new challenge. I would also like to sincerely thank Alex and John one last time for this opportunity. Here’s to a continuation of support through this blog for the greatest team in the World. GGMU