I moved 6,000 miles to follow Man Utd - and last season I spent £1,400 on tickets including the FA Cup final

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“I think 'that’s enough, I've had enough... they do something like that and pull me right back into it. It's just life I suppose."

Meet the Manchester United fan who moved more than 6,000 miles across the world to support his team - and spent £1,400 on tickets last season alone. Footie fan Dilshan Sohi, 24, has followed the Red Devils since the age of just four - frequently waking up at 4am to watch their games in his native Singapore. 

From watching the team claim back-to-back doubles in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons to seeing United lift their 13th Premier League title in 2013, Dilshan was hooked. And after a visit to The Theatre of Dreams in 2016, Dilshan decided to leave behind Singapore for the UK - to be closer to his beloved team. 

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He moved to Coventry for the final year of his international business management degree and to follow his boyhood club. After graduating in 2023, Dilshan upped sticks to Manchester to be nearer to Old Trafford and has attended 17 games this season - often paying over the odds for tickets to secure a spot in the crowd. 

Manchester United fan Dilshan Sohi, 24, at Old Trafford StadiumManchester United fan Dilshan Sohi, 24, at Old Trafford Stadium
Manchester United fan Dilshan Sohi, 24, at Old Trafford Stadium | Lee McLean / SWNS

United finished the season in eighth place, but they triumphed in the FA Cup final in May, beating arch rivals Manchester City 2-1 at Wembley. Dilshan, from Singapore but now living in Salford, said: "It [the FA Cup final] was absolutely unreal. 

"It was my first time in Wembley and I had to pay just under £500 for my ticket. I was thinking twice about it, but then I decided no, if I don’t go for the biggest game of our season and support the boys, then why did I move my whole life over here? When the final whistle blew, the whole season flashed before my eyes. 

"I remember getting splashed by a passing car in the bleak midwinter when I was walking in the dark to the Chelsea game, and now seeing my team win in the Wembley sun - what a journey it’s been."

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From an early age Dilshan became obsessed with Manchester United after seeing his dad watching them on TV. He said: "He left the telly on one day when he went to work and it was on MUTV. I must have been like five or six and then I kept supporting them. It was crazy times. 

"My dad would let me wake up at like 4am for games but usually it was between 4am and 6am [when they were on]. Because I'm from Singapore, I had to serve in the army as well, so I'd come home from the army and stay up to watch games.

Dilshan says he's been hooked since United won the double in 2008Dilshan says he's been hooked since United won the double in 2008
Dilshan says he's been hooked since United won the double in 2008 | Getty Images

"It was the worst when it was the middle of the night at like 1am. I think what got us hooked perhaps was the double in 2008 - I remember watching the game at 4am and by 7am the newspapers in Singapore had it printed on the back page."

Dilshan saw his second United game live in 2016 when the club were under the leadership of Dutch manager, Louis Van Gaal. In a rather ironic turn of events, the game finished 0-0, leaving Dilshan somewhat disappointed.

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He said: "In 2016 was the first time I went to Old Trafford, that I can remember.  I did go when I was one or two but of course I can't remember that. It was 0-0 under Van Gaal - so terrible!"

With his passion so strong, Dilshan moved to the UK to complete the last year of his degree on campus and follow his beloved club.

He said: "I did international business management in Coventry and did my last year there. I would travel up from Coventry to Manchester for games and I remember one time we couldn't make the last bus back to Coventry so we stayed overnight in the bus terminal and then got the first train back at five in the morning.

"This season I've been to 13 Premier League games out of the possible 19 home games and then one League Cup game, one FA Cup and two Champions League group games. The waitlist is so long for a season ticket so I usually try and get tickets through a second-hand reseller, which usually means overpaying for them."

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But for Dilshan, it hasn't all been smooth-sailing, as apart from the FA Cup final win, he almost debated heading back home due to United's poor form in the Premier League last season.

He said: "I'm staying in Manchester for another year at least, just for the football. I was saying I'd see how we perform next season and then decide if I should move back or not. But that’s so typical of this football club, every time I think 'that’s enough, I've had enough, I’m done, I’m leaving' they do something like that and pull me right back into it. It's just life I suppose."

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