Despite long and strong Irish connections to Manchester United but not everyone in Ireland supports the club.

George Best, Frank Stapleton, and Kevin Moran all found glory wearing the red shirt. It is now the turn of two players from Cork, Denis Irwin and Roy Keane.

Ireland has always had a strong connection with Manchester United.

John Giles who played for Manchester United in the late 50s and early 60s talks about the Irish connection at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are big business in Ireland where a vast array of Manchester United merchandise is sold to fans young and old. Darren Brereton of Arnotts Department Store says that fans come from all walks of life.

Dermot Ryan of Stephen's Green Classic Sports Travel gets a lot of business from Irish United fans who travel to every home game at Old Trafford from August to May.

However, Manchester United are not loved by everyone in Ireland. The owner of Smyth's pub in Dublin has turned his dislike for the club into a successful business. For the match tonight, they have printed special t-shirts and prepared songs to celebrate when Gothenburg score against United.

Dave Smyths pub has become a haven for soccer fans who don't like the Red Devils.

Dave Smyth is a West Ham supporter who says that Manchester United fans treat their backing of the club like a religion. A in Smyth's pub customer describes Manchester United as,

A glorified t-shirt factory.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 November 1994. The reporter is Gareth O'Connor.