Leeds vs Manchester United coverage interrupted by Hollywood star Will Ferrell

Actor Will Ferrell, photographed in November 2022
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Sky Sports gained an unlikely pundit on Sunday as Hollywood funnyman Will Ferrell interrupted their coverage of Leeds vs Manchester United – to catch up with his old friend Roy Keane...

Ferrell is in the UK on a football-watching trip and was spotted watching Wrexham – owned by fellow actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney – as they beat Wealdstone in the National League on Saturday.

Making a surprise appearance pitchside at the Etihad Stadium – where the Sky Sports team had set up ahead of Manchester City's clash with Aston Villa later in the day – Ferrell shook hands with Gary Neville, Micah Richards and presenter Kelly Cates but embraced Keane, recalling how they'd known each other since playing in Soccer Aid back in 2012.

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Clearly in typically comedic mood, the Anchorman and Elf actor joked that people were "bored stiff of Gary" as Cates asked Neville to lend his microphone. 

The 55-year-old went on to cheekily suggest that he was on a scouting mission for LAFC, the MLS club where he is a part-owner.

"I'm on a recruiting trip for LAFC," he quipped. "I'm just seeing if [Manchester City's players] measure up to MLS."

Ferrell has been involved with LAFC since 2016. The California club – who have had superstars such as Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini on their books – entered MLS in 2018 and were crowned champions for the first time last year

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...