Andy Mitten column: “I’ll never give up the dream of playing for Man United” – can Kieran O’Hara provide competition at Old Trafford?

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Life moves slowly in Burton upon Trent. The headlines in the Burton News last week, when FourFourTwo went to see Kieran O’Hara, were about the passing of a popular newsagent and two trees being cut down in the town centre. Yet the town famous for breweries is home to one of football’s most successful clubs of the last decade. 

There’s no way Burton, for so long a non-league club, should have risen as high as the Championship but they did, they stayed up for two seasons until 2018 and they’re now comfortable in League One. Far bigger and wealthier clubs would love to have done what Nigel Clough’s team have managed on average crowds of 3,500, but Burton, who train in the shadow of the vast Pirelli tyre factory, has a fine reputation for using young players well and a superb team spirit under Clough. 

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Andy Mitten
Editor at Large

Andy Mitten is Editor at Large of FourFourTwo, interviewing the likes of Lionel Messi, Eric Cantona, Sir Alex Ferguson and Diego Maradona for the magazine. He also founded and is editor of United We Stand, the Manchester United fanzine, and contributes to a number of publications, including GQ, the BBC and The Athletic.