HEN I was a lad I used to buy a football magazine called Shoot. Every week there was always a questionnaire with a famous footballer such as Alan Brazil or Steve Coppell.
It usually included the question: ‘Favourite food?’ to which the answer was invariably ‘steak and chips’ with the player adding later that his favourite drink was milk. I now know that the bit about the milk was very much a euphemism.
But these days footballers’ tastes have moved with the times and now they like things like lasagne or Chinese food.
Football’s philosopher king, Louis Van Gaal, and some of his United players are evidently fond of a Cantonese.
But not for them the more exotic restaurant menu where you might find goose wings, fish lips or pig’s lungs.
No, LVG’s tastes in Chinese food are firmly of a solid 4-4-2 variety.
He was pictured at Michelin-recommended Chinese restaurant Wings, his favourite eaterie in Manchester, after United’s thumping derby win over City last weekend.
In fact, his regular presence there is indicated by one of the many plates which are hung around the restaurant, many signed by footballers. One is signed by the entire England 2006 World Cup squad.
Louis’ plate says: “Relationship is a matter of process! But your Chinese food was from the very beginning fantastic!”
No need then for Louis’ patience in understanding owner Wing Shing Chu’s system, right from the off the whole thing clicked.
One thing that stands out at Wings immediately is how well run this restaurant is.
I can imagine Van Gaal liking the great sense of order and clockwork professionalism.
Everything about the place is immaculate, including the starched uniforms of the attentive staff.