Love them or hate them Manchester United have a strong following in Ireland.

In 1994 Gareth O'Connor found out more about the conflicting passions which Manchester United arouse on this side of the Irish sea.

John Giles talks about some of the Irish players connected with United. Gareth also talks to Darren Brereton, from the Manchester United shop in Arnotts department store, and Dermot Ryan from Classic Sports Travel in Stephen's Green.

West Ham fan David Smyth and owner of Smyth's pub provides a haven for soccer fans who don't like the Red Devils, turning his dislike for the pub into a successful business. Another customer in Smyth's pub describes United as a "glorified t-shirt factory". 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 November, 1994.