Rennes forward James Lea Siliki reveals ‘obsession’ with Manchester United
Rennes starlet James Lea Siliki has lifted the lid on his ‘obsession’ with Manchester United while growing up during Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure at Old Trafford.
The 21-year-old striker is being tipped for big things after making his first-team debut in Rennes’ 1-1 draw with Nantes at the Roazhon Park towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
Lea Siliki, an ex-France Under-19 international, ‘dreamt’ of Old Trafford as a child and revealed his expansive knowledge of former Red Devils stars.
Speaking to Ouest France, the young forward said: ‘When I was younger, in my room, I dreamt of big games.
‘I’m a professional footballer, it’s an obsession ever since I could understand. I dreamt of Manchester United, of their stadium, of their colours.
‘I grew up with the Ferguson years, the Boxing Day games on Canal+, the 95th minute wins.’
Lea Siliki listed the United legends who stand out in his memory from his time supporting the club.
‘I grew up with the Yorke-Cole partnership,’ he explained.
‘Mikael Silvestre, Louis Saha, Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo… Ryan Giggs was a monument until the very end.’