LOTP is the brainchild of Norwegian Red Jahn-Eric Birkeland – and we’re in his basement, effectively. A basement, but not as we know it. A basement transformed into a United-themed pub, gathering space and place of Reds worship.
Jahn is the man who has organised this secretive event, and his place is already filling up with guests – all Reds, all in United shirts and all here for a private audience with the king. There are burgers on the go out in the flag-draped front (complete with replica Old Trafford ‘smoking stand’), beer is served in the pub down below, and there’s a growing party atmosphere and sense of anticipation.
As IU mingles and gets to know the locals – all of whom, it seems, have a great personal United story to tell – Jahn-Eric calls everybody together and makes an announcement.
“Everyone, I’m here to tell you that the King is in the building. He’s here in my house, he’s happy, he’s enjoying a meal with my family and his brothers. He is going to come down to the bar to meet you all later, about 9pm.”
So he is here. Probably 20 metres from where Jahn-Eric addresses his guests, in fact – but, for now, behind closed doors. Confirmation of his presence, though, is all that anybody needs. Now, there are three hours or so to wait. Perfect – what better way to spend it than in Little Old Trafford Pub, surrounded by fellow Reds. This special private party ramps up a notch or two.
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