The roots of this fandom trace back to a pre-season game between Manchester United and Arsenal in New York, an experience that deeply resonated with Roberts.
Having graced Old Trafford on multiple occasions, Roberts reflected on her journey into becoming a devoted United fan, stating, “I’ve been to Old Trafford, I’m a true fan… We just got so into it, and somehow Manchester United just became our team, the Moder family team. We became sort of possessed.”
Notably, Roberts’ preference for Manchester United didn’t escape the notice of Manchester City’s manager, Pep Guardiola, who expressed both admiration and disappointment.
Guardiola lamented that during Roberts’ visit to Manchester, she chose to explore Old Trafford instead of witnessing Manchester City’s prowess.
Guardiola wistfully remarked, “That’s why even if I win the Champions League, it will not compare to the fact that Julia Roberts came to Manchester and didn’t come to see us.”
As the cherished team, Manchester United, gears up for a crucial match at St James’ Park, the stakes are high for Champions League qualification.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe believes that the odds are stacked against his team, even playfully suggesting that everyone, including Hollywood star Julia Roberts, might be favoring their opponents tonight.