Rennes forward James Lea Siliki reveals ‘obsession’ with Manchester United


'I grew up with Fergie' - Ligue 1 forward reveals 'obsession' with Man United
James Lea Siliki ‘grew up with the Fergie years’ (Picture: Getty)

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.

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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.’

'I grew up with Fergie' - Ligue 1 forward reveals 'obsession' with Man United
James Lea Siliki dreamt of playing for Manchester United Picture: Getty)

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.

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‘Mikael Silvestre, Louis Saha, Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo… Ryan Giggs was a monument until the very end.’

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