Meet Ying Soo the man who has ‘United’ fans
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.