Wilmslow Express - - CITY LIFE LOCAL -

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.

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