— They wanna be adored but Mani is brave to wear Red at the home ground of the Blues
Stone Roses bassist Mani will make Manchester City fans see red – as he wears cheap Man United football shirts for gigs at the Etihad Stadium this summer.
Mani, 53 – real name Gary Mountfield – will honour four Reds legends with their names printed on tops he will wear for the sell-out run in June.
So far he has chosen George Best, who died in 2005 at 59, and wing wizards Gordon Hill, 62, and Steve Coppell, 60. The fourth is likely to be popular striker Eric Cantona, 49.
Mani said: “I’m a Manchester United fan, so it won’t come as a surprise that I want to wear the badge.” A pal added: “He knows he won’t be causing any offence – it will be packed with supporters of many clubs.”
Singer Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire, both 53, are also Reds, and the band’s song This Is The One is played at Old Trafford before every match.
Only drummer Alan “Reni” Wren, 51, sides with the Sky Blues.
In 2016 Manchester United will receive $79 million for Chevrolet having its name on the Red Devils team shirt. Chelsea, meanwhile, will get $60 million from Yokohoma tyres and FC Barcelona $38 million from Qatar Airways.
These multi-million deals equal multi million cheap football shirts sale. Barcelona sells a staggering 1.15 million uk football shirts every year while Manchester United and Real Madrid share the top spot with 1.4 million shirt sales each annually.
At an average price of $96 per shirt the earnings are a stratospheric average of $136 million for the top clubs.
Last year Sky Sports reported on which players’ football shirts fans were buying the most of.
It came as no surprise that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were fighting for first place.
Wayne Rooney was the only England player to make it into the top ten based on cheap shirt sales.
The Manchester United captain’s name is still sought after on the back of a shirt though – as he is ranked in fifth place.
After Messi and Ronaldo, the top five was rounded out by Dutch player Memphis Depay, German Bastian Schweinsteiger and Eden Hazard who plays for Chelsea and Belgium.
After Rooney, Brazil’s Neymar Jr., Sergio Agüero, Alexis Sánchez and Philippe Coutinho make up the top ten.
Interestingly, Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi are the only players on the list who don’t currently play for a Premiership team.
The reveal of new football shirt designs is always a treat for supporters and kit nerds such as myself, and that’s why I am especially delighted to share the leak of the supposed 16/17 Milan home shirt, made by Adidas.
Following in the new ‘armpit stripes’ template of the upcoming Adidas football jerseys, AC Milan’s shirt also features a nifty and unique design at the bottom of each of the red vertical stripes which spits in the face of Nike’s disgustingly unique attempts which we will see in force at EURO 2016 (I won’t even link you to those travesties).
With a famous design that’s impossible to change, Adidas have certainly added a modern tone and slightly invigorated the shirt and I, for one, cannot wait to see the Rossoneri line up in these and will be even more delighted if these feature in the Europa League, which AC Milan are chasing. Do us proud, Milan and get these cheap football shirts out in front of the toast of Europe!