Brian McClair has claimed he was the one who brought the sound of the Stone Roses to Manchester United, calling out Gary Neville and Old Trafford announcer Alan Keegan following their comments in a club promotional video.
Man United and adidas teamed up with the iconic Mancunian band to release a new collection of training gear and casual wear, along with a video where Neville claimed that in his role as captain, he chose ‘This Is The One’ to boom around the stadium on home match days.
But that account has been disputed by 60-year-old McClair, who spent over a decade with Man United between 1987 and 1998, claiming that he was given the honour by Sir Alex Ferguson long before Neville took the armband.
McClair posted on X (formerly Twitter): ‘A figment of Alan and Gary’s fertile imagination!
‘Fergie wasn’t happy with Tina Turner, he wanted “Walk Away” by Matt Monroe, when I laughed at this, he stormed off and suggested I pick a tune(not his exact words!)
Brian McClair claimed he brought the sound of the Stone Roses to Manchester United
Gary Neville claimed he chose ‘This Is The One’ to boom around Old Trafford as the captain
Man United partnered with the Mancunian band to release a new collection of training gear
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‘I chose the Roses man!’
Regardless of how it happened, the debut album track has become firmly linked with Man United, and led to the fashion link-up between them and the Stone Roses, which incorporates the same dark green, white and yellow colours from the artwork.
In the short promo film called ‘Roses are Red’, Old Trafford stadium announcer Alan Keegan said: ‘When it came that Gary Neville was to be the captain, I put the feelers out there, what would he like as the soundtrack at Old Trafford?’
Neville said they wanted to move away from the sound of Rocky – who was from Philadelphia – to something a lot closer to home.
Speaking about ‘This Is The One’, Neville told the Man United website: ‘When the manager made me captain and I knew I’d be leading the team out, I wanted a new song.
‘I wanted us to come out to a song from Manchester. I just loved ‘This Is the One.’ It felt to me like Old Trafford was the place where it all happened, and I’d heard enough about Oasis, for years. Manchester has got a better band than Oasis. The Stone Roses had a massive impact on the city.
‘The song has stood the test of the time, but United help keep it alive every single week. When I’m up there now on the TV gantry and John Squire’s guitar starts to play, that moment still gives me goosebumps.
‘If you’re a United fan and you hear that song starting, you know it’s time for the match to start.’
Neville was chosen as Man United captain when Roy Keane left in 2005 – many years after McClair stopped playing for the Red Devils.
Current first team players Marcus Rashford, Alejandro Garnacho and Scott McTominay took part in a photoshoot to show off the new Stone Roses-themed collection.
McClair was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signings at Manchester United in 1987, and he played at Old Trafford for 11 years, scoring 127 goals in his time there, and winning 15 trophies including four Premier League titles.
McClair was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signings at Manchester United back in 1987
The Stone Roses track has become a part of the matchday experience at Old Trafford
Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho were among the stars promoting the new collection
‘Choccy’ – as McClair is known because of the similarity to eclair – set up the Life With Brian podcast during the pandemic.
In an interview with Mail Sport last year, he said he was always happy to interact with fans, if they recognised him.
In an interview published last year by FourFourTwo magazine, McClair said he was handed a tape of early Oasis songs before their global fame, and that Noel Gallagher was ‘quite partial to a Penguin’ and coffee during his work washing the star’s car.
Man United return to action when they visit Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, after back-to-back wins against Wolves and West Ham.