Stormzy has been grabbing headlines after taking on the role of football pundit following Manchester United‘s win over Liverpool yesterday.
The trailblazing London-born rapper – who is just one of Manchester United’s famous fans – has being going viral on social media after he jubilantly gatecrashed a live TV interview on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (MNF) programme and shared his views about the Red Devils’ 2-1 impressive victory over Liverpool last night.
While the usual MNF cast of Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, and Roy Keane stood in front of an empty Old Trafford in the classic Manchester rain to give their post-match verdict of United’s first Premier League win of the 2022/23 season over fierce North West rivals, the 29-year-old chart-topping grime MC was spotted at the side of the pitch off camera.
He was then ushered in by Neville, and greeted the three former footballers and host with a hand shake.
Dressed in a Manchester United top with his hood up, and stood alongside his young nephews who also appeared on camera, Stormzy waved at some fans who recognised him from the stands and then admitted that he was “a bit flustered right now”.
“I’ve never met these guys before. We were just walking past and we were starstruck and someone gave me a mic and I’m up here like ‘Mum, I made it’,” he added with a smile
“This is sick though. Man’s on telly with the boys.”
After getting over initially being starstruck and settling into the role of would-be football pundit, the MNF team wanted to make the most of having the former Glastonbury headliner with them, and continued to ask him a couple of questions.
When asked to offer his opinion of Manchester United’s star striker Cristiano Ronaldo – who was actually dropped from the starting lineup by new manager Erik ten Hag for the Liverpool clash, Stormzy continued: “You know what it is with Ronaldo, when he’s that great, you can’t speak on him man.
“You’ve just got to let the man be great, do you know what I mean? There’s been a bit of a fuss but that’s a GOAT.
“You just have to let the GOATs be the GOATs.”
For fans of the Vossi Bop singer, his presence at Old Trafford might not come as much of a shock, but not everyone understood what was happening, with United’s former captain Roy Keane appearing quite shocked, adding: “I thought this was a football show, what’s happening?”
After the interview aired live on Sky Sports, clips have been circulating on social media and racking up tens of thousands of views and interactions from football fans – with many commenting how funny it was to see a famous person still able to be starstruck.
“Stormzy headlined Glastonbury at 25 but is flustered by being interviewed on MNF – what a man,” one person said on Twitter.
Another said: “Stormzy’s MNF cameo was surreal.”
“I love that Stormzy is always a natural fan and ain’t too proud to express it,” a third added.
Stormzy’s appearance on Monday Night Football was fresh off the back of him getting up on stage with Coldplay as the band finished up their finished their sell-out six-night residency at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night.
He performed his 2018 hit ‘Blinded by Your Grace Pt. 1’ alongside the band
Formula 1 fans will also know this isn’t the only time Stormzy has given an unsuspecting sporting TV interview in recent weeks either, as he also went viral after being interviewed during Martin Brundle’s grid walk at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone last month too.
In the latest twist that virtually everyone saw coming, the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight looks like it has been called off yet again. Is anyone even still bothered at this point?
Fury broke the news via Instagram on Monday evening, revealing that he had not received a signed contract from Joshua before his self-imposed 5pm deadline and that the long-awaited all match-up is now off the table.
Joshua’s last two fights came against the Usyk, in which he lost both the first bout and the rematch, going viral with a rather bizarre speech in the immediate aftermath.
As well as questioning how the Ukrainian could have beaten him when he’s “not strong”, he references everything from the Russian invasion to his weight and time in prison.
As for Usyk, he is the only real opponent Fury is likely to face and the pair have been open about arranging a fight, despite both having made it quite clear that they hope to retire in the new future.
Gary Neville insists he has ‘no intention’ of going into politics
Gary Neville has made his stance clear and insisted that he has absolutely “no intention” of going into politics in the future.
The former Manchester United and England footballer, turned manager, pundit, and commentator, made a guest starring appearance at the 2022 Labour Party Conference yesterday – which is currently being held in Liverpool – to give a speech at an event about the future of football.
The Bury-born 47-year-old also threw his support behind party leader Sir Keir Starmer.
But despite becoming a followed figure and somewhat of a voice on current political affairs since his retirement from the game, and most significantly within the last couple of years of Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, and under the leadership of several Conservative Prime Ministers, Neville has claimed that he still does not intend to venture into politics.
He also said that he was “not going to be tempted” to become an MP and stand in the upcoming by-election in West Lancashire.
The former right back said he does not “need to be an MP” to support the Labour party.
Neville told BBC Politics that a venture into politics is “something I’ve been asked about regularly over the last 12 – 18 months,” but clarified that he’s “got no intention of going into politics at all”, primarily because “I love what I do so much”.
He continued: “The reality is I love what I do so much. I love what I do in football, I love what I do in Greater Manchester with the businesses that I co-own, and I have to say I wouldn’t want to give that up as I feel as though I’m happy in what I’m doing.
“I want to continue doing the things that I’m doing locally in Greater Manchester.
“And I have to say that I feel politically motivated, but I can do as much, I think, for the Labour Party by being here as I can do being an MP.