Australian singer and viral social media star Sean Millis was at Old Trafford to watch the West Ham game this past weekend, and even got to see his so-called ‘lookalike’ Rasmus Højlund score a birthday goal for Manchester United for his troubles.
The solo artist from Down Under first rose to fame on The Voice Australia back in 2023 but has gone on to become even more of an online sensation after a group of football fans began comparing him to Højlund when he first arrived at the club.
Although many of the comments started out as somewhat cruel abuse from keyboard warriors attempting to mock the Danish striker when he hadn’t yet started scoring for Man United, since then Millis has been determined to brush it off and turn all the attention into nothing but love.
Having simply embraced the ‘doppelganger’ remarks — sharing videos congratulating Højlund now the goals have started flowing and even printing a ‘ho-ho-Højlund’ Christmas jumper, as well as reacting to memes on his TikTok — Millis took things one further with a surprise trip to the Theatre of Dreams where he was flocked by fans wanting a picture with his ‘lookalike’.
As you can see, while there may have been pockets of nastiness online at the outset, there were crowds of Reds lining up to ask for a photo with him and even singing along to his now viral track, ‘Waiting On a Miracle’, which went to number one here in the UK.
Speaking to Sky Sports last week when he first landed in London, the 22-year-old explained that he had travelled 26 hours to get to the UK, which in itself was a big deal for him as his rare condition means travel is difficult.
Millis has a genetic disorder known as Hunter syndrome where the body doesn’t properly break down sugar molecules, causing abnormalities in many organs which often alters a person’s physical appearance and, in Sean’s case, limited lung capacity. The condition also means that he visits hospitals for several hours every day for vital therapy and treatment.
All that being said, he’s become somewhat of a cult hero not only among United fans but countless people online who have been inspired by his story even since The Voice, revealing that he had “so many messages from people living with a rare disease from countries all over the world” thanking him for sheer positivity online.
As a nice bonus to top things off, he also got to see the 21-year-old forward score a goal on his birthday, no less, and the video of him celebrating amongst the Old Trafford faithful is pure wholesome vibes.
Having just released another new song called ‘Fight With Fire’, all about resilience and never giving up, he also did a private meet and greet with his ever-growing fan base and social media followers upon arriving for his first visit to the UK.
Whether you agree with the Rasmus Højlund-Sean Millis ‘lookalike’ opinion or not, we are absolutely here for watching him celebrate goals here in Manchester whilst gathering more support and spreading his uplifting outlook on life in spite of everything.
What a king.
You can watch the highlights from Man United’s 3-0 over West Ham and that birthday boy goal here:
Man United striker Rasmus Højlund set to miss Manchester derby as muscle injury rules him out for ‘two to three weeks’
Man United have suffered a pretty big short-term blow as their in-form forward Rasmus Højlund has been diagnosed with a muscle injury which is set to see him out for “two to three weeks”, meaning he will likely miss the upcoming Manchester derby.
The Danish striker has been running red-hot of late, scoring seven in his last six league games for Man United and now sitting as the club’s top marksman with 13 goals and two assists across all competitions, but just as Erik ten Hag’s side look to have got going, they will now be without him for a spell.
Issuing an update on Friday, 23 February, United confirmed that a muscle injury is “expected to rule him out for two to three weeks”, meaning he will miss this weekend’s fixture against Fulham, the FA Cup fifth round against Nottingham Forest and most likely the Manchester derby.
The Red Devils are currently unbeaten in 2024 and on a run of six wins out of their last seven, with Højlund making the difference in many of them.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game at Old Trafford, ten Hag went on to explain: “It is a small injury. That is what happens and the risk [when you are] playing at high intensity and training.”
The Dutchman reiterated, “As I say it is not a big injury, but he has to wait for one, two, three weeks”, though Reds will nevertheless be gutted to see the 21-year-old sidelined after having now started finding the net and putting together such an impressive run of performances.
While he emphasised that it is not a “big injury”, the timing couldn’t be more frustrating for a team that looks to be finally gathering some momentum, not only in and around the European places already but right on the trail of those chasing down the Champions League spots.
Højlund’s injury only adds to the club’s ever-growing list of players on the physio’s bench, including Tyrell Malacia, Mason Mount, Lisandro Martinez and another huge setback in Luke Shaw’s long-term hamstring problems.
In contrast, Manchester City have been lofted by comebacks from both Erling Haaland, who is getting back on the scoresheet once again, and midfielder maestro Kevin De Bruyne as they look to step up the pressure on league leaders Liverpool.
The treble-winners were always going to be putting in a very strong title defence but the return of KDB has reminded football fans just exactly how good he is. The Belgian was left on the bench against Brentford due to “minor niggles” but you can fully expect him to be raring to go come derby day.
Stockport County create a new community mural with young street artists in Edgeley
Stockport County is creating a brand new mural with a group of young street artists from the local area and a little help from one of their squad members.
This past February half-term, the Greater Manchester football club enlisted the help of some schoolkids and aspiring artists, along with local creatives from around the area to create a brand new piece of artwork right in the heart of the community.
With some paint, plenty of spray cans and the expertise of Manc muralist and designer, Oskar With A K, and poet Ruth Awolola, a dozen local secondary school pupils helped write, design and paint the mural — taking inspiration directly from the club and the thriving fan culture in Stockport.
There is no chant more iconic and important to the Hatters than their famous ‘The Scarf My Father Worse’ song and that’s exactly what the local artists have decided to immortalise.
The painting process began on Friday, 16 February and, as you can see, they even managed to rope in County defender Ethan Pye came along to lend a hand with the mural, armed with a can of spray paint to help the young people bring their ideas to life.
Being developed by the Stockport County Community Trust in collaboration with North West organisations, GRIT Studios and The Writing Squad, ‘The Scarf My Father Wore’ project has received £14,800 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
Popping in a prime location on the corner of Castle Street and Mercian Way — just metres away from the Edgeley Park stadium and right at the beginning of the local village high street — this vibrant work of art will be passed by thousands of commuters and pedestrians every day.
Being brought to life in brilliant blue and white in line with the club’s colour scheme and proudly printing the title of the famous chant on the wall along with stencils of the County crest, footballs and many other details, it sits pride of place in the Stockport suburb.
Much like the historic chant and the symbolic scarf itself, this brilliant piece of street art will be passed down and enjoyed by generations to come, as well as make sure the club continues to play a key role in local culture.
County’s Community Trust CEO Alison Warwood said: “This project shows how art and writing by young people can make a real difference to the local community, and I can’t wait to see the end result.”
John Macaulay from GRIT Studios added: “We’re thrilled to be involved in such a collaborative and community-spirited initiative. Our young artists will be helping to create a lasting landmark that will become a focal point in Edgeley for years to come.”
With the Hatters currently top of the League Two table and looking at yet another promotion season, there feels like no better time for fans to wear the club on their sleeve, their scarves around their necks and now up on the wall too.