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“You f*****g pick it then ” – Man United legend doubles down on Old Trafford claim, recalls Sir Alex Ferguson conversation



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Brian McClair has doubled down on the claim that he decided that Manchester United should walk out to the iconic Stone Roses song ‘This is the one’ and not Gary Neville.

The debate emerged shortly after Neville claimed he was the one responsible for the tune becoming the Old Trafford walkout song which is still used today.

United’s stadium announcer Alan Keegan supported Neville’s story. “When it came that Gary Neville was to be the captain, I put the feelers out there, what would he like as the soundtrack at Old Trafford?” he said.

However, former United player McClair had previously called out those comments and has since discussed the origin of the story once again.

“Well, there appear to be two truths,” he stated when speaking to Celtic’s media team.

“I’m not going to be decrying what went on, you know, so we don’t go with United stopped going out to ‘Simply the Best’ because I thought it would be amusing to tell the manager that Rangers came out to that.

“We had a little debate about what it should be and he [Sir Alex Ferguson] loved, still does I imagine, crooners of the fifties you know, all these people like Dean Martin, Sammy Davies Jr and all that Rat Pack and all these other people he kept mentioning.

“I’m like ‘it seems like something you’d get buried to gaffer not go out on a football pitch’ and he lost his temper.

“He just told me you f*****g pick it then, so it’s another little thing you remember. 

“So I picked ‘This is the One’ which I was listening to when I was here [at Celtic].”

The entire debacle was sparked by an Adidas and United promotional shoot that included Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho.

Speaking to club media about the song, Neville said: “When the manager made me captain and I knew I’d be leading the team out, I wanted a new song. 

“I wanted us to come out to a song from Manchester. I just loved ‘This Is the One.’ It felt to me like Old Trafford was the place where it all happened, and I’d heard enough about Oasis, for years. Manchester has got a better band than Oasis. The Stone Roses had a massive impact on the city.”