Earlier this yr, James Milner celebrated one other Premier League title – solely this time the coveted trophy he was gathering was draped in crimson.
Milner, a Leeds supporter who grew up throughout Manchester United’s period of dominance and the color was even banned in his childhood dwelling.
That was a rule enforced by Milner Sr and the midfielder’s profession has even taken in two of Man United’s largest rivals in Leeds and Manchester City earlier than becoming a member of Liverpool.
And Milner was heard uttering one thing a bit naughty about United within the warmth of Liverpool’s title celebrations final season.
“Rising up a Leeds fan, I used to be by no means allowed to put on a crimson t-shirt, my outdated man by no means allowed it. Severely. ‘We are able to’t put on crimson. We’re Leeds,” he advised The Occasions in 2018, joking that taking part in for the golf equipment he did was all a part of a grand plan to wind Man United supporters up.
“It was unusual after I signed for Liverpool (in 2015), really sporting crimson. My dad made a joke about it, saying, ’That’s the primary time I’ve seen you in crimson.’
“I nonetheless observe Leeds and need them to do effectively and nonetheless have that very same feeling in direction of Manchester United.”
Milner went on to clarify he had big respect for the achievements of his rivals – he simply didn’t get pleasure from having their success rubbed in his face as a child.
“It’s by no means a private factor. It’s the membership. I’ve buddies who’re United followers - not many - so it’s not that private however as quickly as I step on that area… As a lot as I dislike Manchester United, I’ve big respect for them, the most effective golf equipment on this planet, with the trophies they’ve received, however their domination has sadly [been] in my lifetime.”
Now, although, Milner might be hope he has been initially of a brand new interval of dominance now Liverpool have a primary title since 1990.
Leeds followers will surprise if he has an Elland Street swansong left in him, whereas he’ll little question be watching Match of the Day on Sunday to see how his outdated membership get on towards Man United.