Manchester United got a majorly warm welcome in Singapore last night as they arrived ahead of the International Champions Cup (ICC) pre-season tournament at the National Stadium this weekend, though at least a few of their fans felt like they got short shrift for their efforts.
More than a hundred fans thronged the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton to welcome manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, midfielder Paul Pogba, striker Romelu Lukaku, along with the rest of the Man U Red Devils, who will play against Italy’s Inter Milan on Saturday.
While plenty were obviously excited to catch a glimpse of the stars, others told local outlet Asia One they were miffed at being held back by hotel security and hoped more players would have stopped to interact with them. One player who clearly did was midfielder Juan Mata, who can be seen walking over to the scrum to take selfies with adoring fans.
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Outside the hotel, fans singing “Glory, Glory Man United,” whipped out their phones as the tour bus turned in from Raffles Avenue, videos on Twitter showed.
The crowd even spilled onto the road at one point, prompting the bus driver to frantically gesture to them to move back.
— Ngau Kai Yan (@KaiTFS) July 18, 2019
A few lucky ones in the area also caught Solksjaer waving back at them from his seat at the front of the bus.
The crowd inside the hotel lobby was even louder, videos posted on Instagram and Facebook showed. The fans cheered, chanted and called out the names of the players as each team member alighted from the bus, strolled into the hotel and down a flight of stairs.
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The Red Devils arrived in Singapore from Perth, Western Australia, where the team won 4-0 against Leeds United on Wednesday and 2-0 against Perth Glory last Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan are already in town for the ICC. The Spurs, who will be playing against Juventus, checked into the Mandarin Oriental yesterday morning while Inter arrived at JW Marriott on Wednesday and were greeted by a handful of fans.
We wonder what the response will be like when Cristiano Ronaldo arrives with Juventus.