In September 2017, the powerful all-rounder spoke to the club’s official monthly magazine Inside United, who includes a regular feature called ‘My United’ in which famous Reds reveal all about their love for the club.
Read on to see what Brathwaite told us about idolising Cristiano Ronaldo, which United player he is most like on the field of play and much more…
How did you get into supporting United?
“I used to support Fiorentina because Serie A showed on
our cable at home, and I loved watching Rui Costa and
Gabriel Batistuta. But the Treble swayed me – exciting
attacking football and a never-say-die attitude. It also
helped that Dwight Yorke was a starter, and as a fellow
West Indian I started to do some research on Manchester
United and follow the results. It wasn’t until 2003 that
I became a real avid supporter.”
Is football big in Barbados and the Caribbean, and
how popular are Manchester United?
“Football is very big in Barbados and the Caribbean, and
there is a massive rivalry amongst fans of rival clubs.
Fortunately for us we’ve had Sir Alex and a few players
vacation here every summer, so fans get a glimpse of
their heroes. The profile of Manchester United is massive.
I’d say for every five football fans, two are Manchester
What are your early memories of supporting
“Ruud van Nistelrooy the poacher, Ole Gunnar the
super sub and the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
I remember hearing some teenager taking the
famed no.7 jersey and being Portuguese – I am a
Portugal supporter as well because of Rui
Costa. I heard the similarities to Figo
and was excited for his arrival.”