Man Utd’s 10 famous fans after Khabib and Bolt mingle with Sir Alex Ferguson

Though they have not won the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, Manchester United remain one of the biggest clubs in world football.

As a result, the Red Devils have a long list of famous fans who are frequently spotted taking in matches at Old Trafford or watching games from aboard.

UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov and multiple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt are two such supporters and were both in Manchester for Saturday’s draw with Everton.

Bolt even sat alongside Ferguson in the directors’ box, with Nurmagomedov also meeting the legendary manager after the game.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at 10 of United’s most famous fans…

Rey Mysterio

Mexican-American wrestler Rey Mysterio is long-time supporter of Manchester United, having visited the squad during a pre-season training camp in 2018.

During that camp, the WWE superstar had pictures with many members of the squad, as well as manager Jose Mourinho.

He also delivered a personalised mask to David de Gea, replicating his own signature headwear, before being given a shirt with the number 619, the name of his famous wrestling move.

Mysterio also visited Old Trafford in February 2018 and did the pre-match video preview for United’s social media accounts ahead of a win over Liverpool in March of that year.

Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake has sold more than 30 million albums and more than 50 million singles worldwide over the course of his singing career.

The man who brought the world ‘Cry Me a River’ and ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ is also a follower of United.

He has been seen attending many games at Old Trafford and has also frequently posted pictures in a United kit on social media.

Rory McIlroy

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Manchester United have done nothing to cheer up Rory McIlroy after his testing time at this year’s Ryder Cup.

McIlroy was part of a Europe team that were hammered by the USA and is a long-time follower of the Red Devils.

The four-time major champion has frequently attended United games and was invited to parade his trophy after winning The Open in 2014 at Old Trafford.

McIlroy has previously named his favourite player as being United legend Wayne Rooney and also spoke to Ferguson at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Floyd Mayweather

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Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather is also a famous follower of the Red Devils, though has admitted he is yet to attend a game.

Mayweather famously revealed his love for United by sporting the club’s shirt at a press conference previewing his 2007 fight against Ricky Hatton.

He has since admitted that he did not actually know he was wearing a United shirt, it was merely a stunt to unsettle Hatton.

“They said that I had a jersey on and somebody was upset with me. I didn’t know what I was wearing! It was around the fight with Ricky Hatton,” he said in an interview with Rio Ferdinand.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Undefeated UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov attended United’s draw with Everton last weekend, fulfilling one of his “big dreams”.

The Russian was pictured before the game with a Ronaldo shirt and is a big fan of the superstar, while he also spoke to Ferguson after the game.

“It's a big dream for me to be at Old Trafford and watch how Manchester United play with some big team. Like Manchester, Everton, a very big match,” he told Arnold Expo.

Usain Bolt

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Arguably United’s most famous fan having won eight Olympic gold medals, Usain Bolt was at Old Trafford for last Wednesday’s win over Villarreal.

The former Jamaican sprinter has frequently expressed his desire to play for the club after his retirement from athletics.

“For me, if I could get to play for Manchester United, that would be like a dream come true. Yes, that would be epic,” he told The Guardian in 2016.

While that dream will not be coming true, Bolt has frequently been a guest of United’s and sat next to Ferguson for the defeat of Villarreal.

MS Dhoni

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The lure of supporting United transcends sport and that includes cricket, with Indian legend MS Dhoni a keen fan.

He has often expressed his love for the club and is an ardent fan, travelling to Manchester several times to watch a game.

England star Sam Billings was a team-mate of Dhoni’s in the IPL and revealed he would frequently watch United games with the icon.

“He is a big Man United fan, which really helps, as am I. He always invited me, there’s a few Man United fans around. So whenever the game was on, we used to go to his room and watch there,” Billings said.

Eamonn Holmes

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TV presenter Eamonn Holmes found his love for United thanks to Northern Ireland legend George Best.

Best is one of United’s most legendary players, with Holmes becoming a lifelong Red Devil because of that.

Holmes delivered a eulogy at Best’s funeral and has also become a close friend of legendary manager Ferguson.


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Brit Award winner Stormzy has frequently expressed his love of Manchester United, even making a dig at former boss David Moyes in his Glastonbury-headlining set in 2019.

The grime artist has also visited the club’s Carrington training ground on several occasions, meeting the likes of Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw.

He also infamously accidentally leaked Paul Pogba’s move from Juventus to the Red Devils, and has donned the club’s kit many times.

Karl Pilkington

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British television’s grumpiest man Karl Pilkington became a United fan having originally growing up as a Manchester City supporter.

During the reign of Jose Mourinho, Pilkington admitted he had become more of a lapsed fan, though he may be back permanently with Cristiano Ronaldo havin returned.

“Still, I feel like supporting United is like having a tortoise as a pet. I had a tortoise, and they are not entertaining to watch,” Pilkington told the BBC in 2018.

You don’t watch them, but you know you have got a bit of responsibility to show some interest. That is what I do with United. I keep an eye on them.

“I don’t watch them every game because, at the minute, that is a waste of 90 minutes. I just look at the result and if they win it is a bonus, I have no expectations any more.”

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