Reds of the World will be a series of interviews with supporters from around the globe. If you’d like to participate, get in touch with me via Twitter, @kframpton.
This time on Reds of the World, we are off to Nepal. Specifically the beautiful old city of Kathmandu. Our guide on this trek will be none other than Arun Ghimire [@happu007 on Twitter, give him a follow!] and one of the keepers of the MUFC Nepal Facebook page.
It’s about 6,150 miles from Manchester to Kathmandu and a helluva change in elevation as the Himalayas are not far. The city is home to around 1 million inhabitants, and it seems that many of them are United supporters! It looks a fascinating place, and I hope all of our Nepalese friends are finding their feet after the terrible earthquake earlier this year.
Who are you and where are you from?
Hello to all the MUFC fans throughout the world! I am Arun Ghimire a proud citizen of Nepal, the country of Mount Everest.
How did you come to support Manchester United?
I actually don’t know how I came to love Manchester United, but I have been supporting MUFC since 1997 since I was aged 9. I used to love the way United play.
Who is your favourite current player and why?
My Favorite player as now is Wayne Rooney. He is the most successful player of our team as of now and most importantly he has been at the club for more than a decade.
Who is your favourite past player and why?
My favorite past player is Ryan Giggs – he was so swift, he had pace, his dribbling, assists and moreover a true sportsman.
What is your favourite MUFC moment?
There are thousands of favourite moments. Whenever our team wins it’s always important, but winning the Champions League in 1999 & 2008 and Sir Alex Ferguson’s farewell speech were great moments, because we can not experience that environment ever again on the football pitch.
Have you ever been to Old Trafford or seen the club live on tour?
No. I have not been that fortunate to see my team play in any football ground. I am sure that I will see it one day at Old Trafford.
How do you typically watch MUFC matches? And if United kick off at 1500 in Manchester, what time is it in your country?
When it is 12.30 kick off at OT then I see it at the pub in Kathmandu. But when it’s a 1500 kick off I see it at my home. 1500 kick off in Nepal will be 20.45 because the time difference is +5.45 GMT.
Is football the most popular sport in your country? What others do people watch?
Football is now a popular sport in Nepal. When I used to watch football before in around 2004-05 I was clueless about players switching from one club to another club as we used to have limited internet access. Players I used to see at United were playing for other clubs and I had to question what had happened!
Where will MUFC finish in the Premier League this season?
Number 2 after our Noisy Neighbours.
Will MUFC win a trophy this season? If yes, which one[s]?
I guess we will win either the FA Cup or Capital One Cup.