Meet Ying Soo the man who has ‘United’ fans

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HE is the Red Devil that has united hun­dreds of foot­ball fans and ap­peared on­line around the world.

But now we can re­veal the iden­tity of the man who has be­come an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion af­ter ap­pear­ing in vi­ral videos con­duct­ing Manch­ester United fans in a mass sin­ga­long through the club’s most fa­mous chants.

Im­pec­ca­bly dressed Ying Soo, a re­tired ac­coun­tant from south Manch­ester, has been per­form­ing in front of fans in pubs around Old Traf­ford since 1998.

Af­fec­tion­ately nick­named Mr Miyagi by fol­low­ers, the 67-year-old said: “I have been a sea­son ticket holder since 1992 and started chant­ing with fans a few years later.

“I learned all the chants, but then one day I thought it was a bit bland. It was then that I started to add my spe­cial ges­tures to ac­com­pany the words.

“My friend sug­gested get­ting up on a chair, and when I did peo­ple loved it. The Bishop Blaize pub where I used to per­form ended up giv­ing me my own slot.

“When I am up there I feel like a con­duc­tor, I ab­so­lutely love it. It is all good fun, and be­fore I get up peo­ple have their own chant for me, where they sing ‘let’s go ori­en­tal’.”

He cur­rently chants at Sam Platts next to Old Traf­ford on match days, but says nowa­days he only does about each stint.

He said: “I can’t do an hour or so any more, so af­ter a few songs I go off and come back later on.

“I do feel like a mi­nor celebrity, I have been recog­nised ev­ery­where.”

Ying has sup­ported the club since he was a young boy grow­ing up in Malaysia.

He said: “My late brother moved to the UK be­fore me and used to tell me about all the games so I started fol­low­ing them. Af­ter that, I came to the coun­try in 1963 and the first game I saw was United beat­ing City 4-0.

“I went up to Bobby Charl­ton af­ter the match and out of a load of boys I was the only one who got his sig­na­ture. I have loved the club more and more ever since then.”

And Ying says his next move to cap­i­talise on his fame will be to re­lease his own T-shirts, which he will sell to raise funds for char­ity.




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