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Support from Manchester United fans in Malaysia mind blowing: Ronny Johnsen

By Chris Maskilone

KOTA KINABALU: Manchester United’s legend Ronny Johnsen has described the strong support in Malaysia for the English Premier League club as mind blowing.

“Its amazing to come down here. We know we have a lot supporters here in Malaysia … its mind blowing,” he said met during United Malaysia’s fourth annual dinner at the Hakka Hall here.

Ronny Johnsen speaking to the local press. SNT Pix/Credit United Malaysia

The towering Norwegian was here as the special guest at United Malaysia, the country’s official Manchester United Fan Club annual gathering last Friday.

Johnsen had been to Malaysia a couple of times before but it was his first visit to Sabah.

Johnsen and Jingulam cutting the anniversary cake together with other invited guests during the dinner. SNT Pix/Credit United Malaysia

“It is always nice to be back in Malaysia and the supporters club is great and it is growing as well,” he said.

Johnsen is part of the famous treble-winning side managed by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson during the 1998-99 season.

That season Manchester United won the UEFA Champions League after beating German champions Bayern Munich 2-1 in a pulsating match as well as the English Premier League, English FA Cup and in 1999 the FIFA Intercontinental Cup.

Jingulam shaking hands with Johnsen after presenting a shawl to him. SNT Pix/Credit United Malaysia

Asked about the present team under Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he said Solskjaer knows the club well and many of the players even before he took over from Jose Mourinho on the later half of the 2018-19 season.

“Yes, we played together before … His knowledge of the club is his strength. It is going to be exciting and we look forward (to the new season),” said Johnsen who had the likes of Jaap Stam, Dennis Erwin, Gary Neville and Phil Neville for company in defence back then.

Johnsen and Jingulam (standing at the middle back row) together with the local press. SNT Pix

Nonetheless, Johnsen declined to dwell too much on United’s signings and transfers for next season saying that the club were surrounded by so many rumours at the moment.

United Malaysia President Batholomew Jingulam was all smile when asked for comment on Johnsen’s appearance at the dinner.

“Finally we have a legend here … He is a treble player what more can you ask for,” he said.

Among the attractions that night was eight lucky draw prizes offering an all expense paid for trip to Old Trafford.-SabahNewsToday