Self-confessed Manchester United fan and Perth Glory defender Shane Lowry is plotting a raid on the Premier League giants – in more ways than one.
The 30-year-old believes Glory have what it takes to upset the 20-time champions of English football at Optus Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 7pm AWST, 9pm AEST.
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And, the Red Devils fan boy, is also planning his route into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s change rooms after the game for a chance to rub shoulders with his football heroes.
Lowry, who cites United greats Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic as inspirations in his career, has a connection in the United sheds which may be his route in.
“I was at Aston Villa with Ashley Young so I might hit him up before the game and try to sneak into the changing room for a couple of selfies! We’ll see,” Lowry said.
Collecting United mementos is nothing new to Lowry. The Perth-born centre back and ECU Jonndalup junior grew up surrounded by all of the United merchandise he could get his hands on.
“I was, I am still a massive United fan,” said Lowry. “As a kid, I had all of the wallpaper, the quilts, my family are Irish so my Uncle used to send the new home kit over to me every year and I used to wear it out in the back garden. For me and my family, it’ll be a fantastic experience.”
But the gulf between the English Premier League powerhouses and the Hyundai A-League Premiers is of no concern to Tony Popovic’s men, according to Lowry.
“There are one of the biggest clubs in the world. The array of talent in their squad, it’s going to be a fantastic spectacle for our fans and for the whole city of Perth,” he said.
“I think they will have a lot of the ball but we need to try and implement our style as well. We’ll be going out there trying to win the game, trying to do our best and trying to get our fitness up, as will the United players.
“It’s one of those games where both teams are using it for fitness and to work on tactical work, new players are coming in to the squad and integrating. We’ve got nothing to lose. We’re going to go out there and try to impose ourselves on a good United team.
“When a big team comes over here, like Chelsea last year, we sold out on a Monday night so the game on a Saturday night will be a fantastic spectacle. A lot of the players are really excited.”